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RRC NEWSLETTER 25 November 2009


                           
                                                          Windows 7 Editions
                                           25 November 2009                      


Windows 7 is available in six different editions, but only Home Premium, Professional and Ultimate are widely available at retail.The other editions are focused at other markets, such as the developing world or enterprise use.Each edition of Windows 7 includes all of the capabilities and features of the edition below it.








Standard editions





Windows 7 Starter
The least-featured edition of Windows 7; the Windows Aero theme is not included, and it isn't available in a 64-bit variant. The desktop wallpaper, and Visual Style (Windows 7 Basic) is also not user-changeable. This edition is available pre-installed on computers through system integrators or computer manufacturers. Users can easily bypass the wallpaper restriction using Stardock MyColors
Windows 7 Home Basic
Windows 7 Home Basic is available in emerging markets such as Bangladesh, Brazil, People's Republic of China ), India, Indonesia, Mexico, Pakistan, the Philippines, and Thailand. It is not available in countries such as Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Ireland, Japan, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom and the United States. Some Aero options are excluded along with several new features. Home Basic, along with other editions sold in emerging markets, include geographical activation restriction, which requires users to activate Windows within certain region or country.
Windows 7 Home Premium
This edition contains features aimed at the home market segment, such as Windows Media Center, Windows Aero and touch-screen controls.






Windows 7 Professional

  This edition is targeted towards enthusiasts and small business users. It includes all the features of Windows 7 Home Premium, and adds the ability to participate in a Windows Server domain. Additional features include operating as a Remote Desktop server, location aware printing, Encrypting File System, Presentation Mode, Software Restriction Policies (but not the extra management features of AppLocker) and Windows XP Mode.
Windows 7 Enterprise
This edition targets the enterprise segment of the market and is sold through volume licensing to companies which have a Software Assurance contract with Microsoft. Additional features include support for Multilingual User Interface (MUI) packages, BitLocker Drive Encryption, and UNIX application support.Not available through retail or OEM channels, this edition is distributed through Microsoft Software Assurance (SA).As a result it includes several SA-only benefits, including a license allowing the running of multiple virtual machines, and activation via VLK
Windows 7 Ultimate
Windows 7 Ultimate contains the same features as Windows 7 Enterprise, but unlike that edition it is available to home users on an individual license basis.Windows 7 Home Premium and Windows 7 Professional users are able to upgrade to Windows 7 Ultimate for a fee using Windows Anytime Upgrade if they wish to do so.Unlike Windows Vista Ultimate, the Windows 7 Ultimate edition does not include the Windows Ultimate Extras feature or any exclusive features.











Windows 7 Product Editions Comparison Chart


Availability


Home Basic
Starter
Home Premium
Professional
Enterprise & Ultimate
Retail (boxed, with new PCs)
Yes
Yes
Yes
Ult. only

User interface features

Home Basic
Starter
Home Premium
Professional
Enterprise & Ultimate
Windows Basic UI
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Windows Standard UI
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Windows Aero UI ("Glass")
Yes
Yes
Yes
Aero Peek
Yes
Yes
Yes
Aero Snaps
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Aero Shake
Yes
Yes
Yes
Aero Background
Yes
Yes
Yes
Windows Flip
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Windows Flip 3D
Yes
Yes
Yes
Live Taskbar Previews
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Jump Lists
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Windows Search
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes

Security features

Home Basic
Starter
Home Premium
Professional
Enterprise & Ultimate
More granular UAC
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Action Center
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Windows Defender
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Windows Firewall
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
IE 8 Protected Mode and DEP support
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Windows Update (can access Microsoft Update)
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Fast User Switching
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Parental Controls
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes

Performance features

Home Basic
Starter
Home Premium
Professional
Enterprise & Ultimate
Windows ReadyDrive
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Windows ReadyBoost
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
64-bit processor support
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Physical processor support
1
1
2
2
2
Processor core support
Unlimited
Unlimited
Unlimited
Unlimited
Unlimited
Number of running applications supported
Unlimited
3
Unlimited
Unlimited
Unlimited

Reliability features

Home Basic
Starter
Home Premium
Professional
Enterprise & Ultimate
Windows Backup
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
System image
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Backup to network



Yes
Yes
Encrypting File System (EFS)



Yes
Yes
BitLocker




Yes
BitLocker To Go




Yes
Automatic hard disk defragmentation
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Previous Versions
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Create and attach (mount) VHD
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes

Bundled applications

Home Basic
Starter
Home Premium
Professional
Enterprise & Ultimate
Internet Explorer 8
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Windows Gadgets and Gallery
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Games Explorer with basic games
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Premium games
Yes
Yes
Yes
Calculator
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Paint
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Snipping Tool
Yes
Yes
Yes
Sticky Notes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Windows Journal
Yes
Yes
Yes
Windows Fax and Scan
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Windows PowerShell and ISE
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
WordPad
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
XPS Viewer
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Windows Anytime Upgrade
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes

Digital media and devices

Home Basic
Starter
Home Premium
Professional
Enterprise & Ultimate
Windows Photo Viewer
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Basic photo slide shows
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Windows Media Player 12 with Play To
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
DVD playback
Yes
Yes
Yes
Windows Media Center
Yes
Yes
Yes
Windows DVD Maker
Yes
Yes
Yes
Device Stage
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Sync Center
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes

Networking features

Home Basic
Starter
Home Premium
Professional
Enterprise & Ultimate
Network and Sharing Center
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
HomeGroup sharing
Join only
Join only
Yes
Yes
Yes
Improved power management
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Connect to a Projector
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Remote Desktop
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Remote Desktop Host
Yes
Yes
IIS Web Server
Yes
Yes
Yes
RSS support
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Internet Connection Sharing
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Offline files
Yes
Yes

 

Mobility features

 



Home Basic
Starter
Home Premium
Professional
Enterprise & Ultimate
Windows Mobility Center
Yes (No presentation mode)


Yes (No presentation mode)
Yes
Yes
Windows Sideshow (Auxilliary display)




Yes
Yes
Yes
Sync Center
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Tablet PC functionality




Yes
Yes
Yes
Multi-Touch support




Yes
Yes
Yes

Enterprise features


Home Basic
Starter
Home Premium
Professional
Enterprise & Ultimate
Domain join (Windows Server)



Yes
Yes
AppLocker




Yes
Boot from VHD




Yes
Branche Cache




Yes
DirectAccess




Yes
Federated Search (Enterprise Search Scopes)




Yes
Multilingual User Interface (MUI) Language Packs




Yes
Location-aware printing



Yes
Yes
Subsystem for UNIX-based Applications




Yes

 

                                                                                                   



                                                                                       


 

     

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