Windows 7 Editions

Different people expect different things from their PCs, which is why we offer multiple editions of Windows 7. And because your needs can change over time, we have designed Windows 7 so that you can move up to editions with more features, without giving up the features you already have.

Windows 7 Starter
Windows 7 Starter makes small notebook PCs and other PCs with limited hardware easier to use because it puts less between you and what you want to do—less waiting, less clicking, and less hassle connecting to networks. Windows 7 Starter is designed to meet basic needs and combines the latest in reliability and responsiveness with the familiarity of Windows. Key features that you will find in the Starter edition include the following::
• Broad application and device compatibility
• Safety, reliability, and responsiveness
• Ability to join a homegroup

Windows 7 Home Basic
Windows 7 Home Basic is an entry-level edition that will be offered in a number of emerging markets to customers with value priced PCs. Windows 7 Home Basic makes it faster and easier to get to the programs and documents you use most often, so you can spend less time looking and more time doing the things you want to do. In addition to the benefits found in Windows 7 Starter, Home Basic includes the following:
• Live thumbnail previews
• Advanced networking support (ad hoc wireless networks and Internet connection sharing)
• Ability to extend your screen across multiple monitors

Windows 7 Home Premium
The best edition for consumers, Windows 7 Home Premium provides the best entertainment experience on your PC. You’ll find easy ways to connect to other PCs and devices, all in a visually rich environment that makes everyday use simpler and more engaging. With Home Premium you can create a homegroup to share all of your favorite photos, videos, and music with other networked PCs running Windows 7. And you’ll be able to watch shows for free when and where you want with Internet TV on Windows Media® Center.* In addition to the features in Windows 7 Starter and Home Basic, you’ll also get the following::
• Advanced window navigation and personalization with several new Microsoft Aero® desktop improvements
• The ability to create a homegroup, so you can easily share files between your networked PCs and devices
• The ability to watch Internet TV and record TV on your PC with Windows Media Center
• Remote Media Streaming and improved support for different media formats

*Note: For some aspects of Windows Media Center functionality, a TV tuner and additional hardware may be required. Internet access is required. Free Internet TV content varies by geography. Some content may require additional fees.

Windows 7 Professional
Windows 7 Professional has all the features you need for business, along with all the great media and entertainment features of Windows 7 Home Premium. You’ll be able to run many Windows XP productivity programs natively in Windows 7 or by using Windows XP Mode*, and recover your data easily with automatic backups to your home or business network. You’ll also be able to connect to company networks easily and more securely. In addition to the features in Windows 7 Home Premium, you’ll also get the following:
• Domain Join, which gives you the ability to join a managed Windows Server network
• Advanced Backup and Restore to help you back up your entire system to a home or business network, and Encrypted File System to help protect your data
• Windows XP Mode* for running older productivity applications that require Windows XP
• Location Aware Printing, which helps you set different default printers for your home and work networks

*Microsoft recommends 2 GB of memory, and an additional 15 GB of hard disk space per virtual environment, to run Windows XP Mode. Windows XP Mode requires either OEM pre-installation or post-purchase installation of Windows XP Mode (which runs on Windows 7 Professional or Ultimate) and a virtualization technology such as Windows Virtual PC.Windows Virtual PC requires a processor capable of hardware virtualization, with Intel-VT and AMD-V features enabled. Both Windows XP Mode and Windows Virtual PC can be downloaded from For more information on system requirements, go to

Windows 7 Enterprise / Windows 7 Ultimate
Windows 7 Enterprise and Windows 7 Ultimate are the most versatile and powerful editions and are designed to address the needs of both enterprise customers and consumers who want every feature of Windows 7. While the features in these editions are the same, Windows 7 Enterprise includes volume activation capabilities and is only available to customers with a Microsoft Software Assurance Agreement.
Windows 7 Enterprise and Windows 7 Ultimate help make you productive anywhere, enhance security and control, and streamline PC management. They also offer remarkable ease of use with the entertainment features of Home Premium and the business features of Professional, plus the flexibility to work in many different languages. Quite simply, Windows 7 Enterprise and Windows 7 Ultimate include everything Windows 7 has to offer.

In addition to the previously mentioned features, these editions include the following:
• Microsoft BitLocker™ and BitLocker To Go™ drive encryption and data protection on internal and external drives and storage devices
• DirectAccess, which helps give you a more secure connection to your corporate network over the Internet
• Microsoft BranchCache™, which helps provide faster access to content from remote file and Web servers at branch locations
• Microsoft AppLocker™, which helps prevent unauthorized software from running on workers’ PCs
• Enterprise Search Scopes, which make it easy to discover and search content on intranet portals
• Multilingual user interface packs, which let you work in any of 35 languages

Windows Anytime Upgrade
Sometimes you want to be able to do more with your PC. That’s why we’ve made it easier for you to move from one edition of Windows to the next. For example, you may have purchased a small notebook PC with Windows 7 Starter but decide soon after that you want to customize your desktop or create a homegroup. With Windows Anytime Upgrade, you can add features to Windows 7 in as few as 10 minutes. Upgrading from one edition of Windows 7 to another with more features is easy and quick, and you’ll keep your programs, files, and settings.

In the EEA/EU (including Croatia and Switzerland) and Korea, Microsoft will ship versions of these editions that do not include certain features. “N” editions (for example, Windows 7 Home Premium N) do not include Windows Media Player and related technologies such as Windows Media Center and Windows DVD Maker (distribution in EEA/EU only). “KN” editions (for example, Windows 7 Home Premium KN) will not include Windows Media Player and related technologies such as Windows Media Center and Windows DVD Maker (distribution in Korea only). “K” editions (for example, Windows 7 Home Premium K) are the Korean language versions of the products, which contain links added to the Programs menu that go to Web sites that contain links to download competing media players and instant messaging software (distributed worldwide).

Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack
Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack for Software Assurance is a dynamic desktop solution available to Software Assurance customers for use with Windows 7. It helps reduce application deployment costs, enables delivery of applications as services, and allows for better management and control of enterprise desktop environments.

Technologies provided in the Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack include:
• Microsoft Application Virtualization
• Microsoft Asset Inventory Service
• Microsoft Advanced Group Policy Management
• Microsoft Diagnostics and Recovery Toolset
• Microsoft System Center Desktop Error Monitoring
• Microsoft Enterprise Desktop Virtualization

Source of Information : Windows 7 Product Guide


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