Windows 7 Versions

Windows 7 was released on 22nd of October 2009 and many computer users intend to purchase the new Microsoft operating system, however, it comes in no less than six different editions, upgrade and full packs, and on top of that there is a 32-bit and 64-bit version.
This can be really confusing and many people have been asking the same question:
Which Windows 7 should I buy?
Here are a few facts to keep in mind: out of the six available editions, only three are sold retail: Windows 7 Home Premium, Windows 7 Professional, and Windows 7 Ultimate. Windows 7 Ultimate has the most features, so it can be considered “the best,” and Windows 7 Home Premium has the least features, but on other hand is the cheapest. For most home users Windows 7 Home Premium is perfect – it offers all the features that you might need in order to run your applications, work with your documents, photos and videos, and perform any other task you can think of.
When choosing an edition you are actually limited by the version of your existing operating system – please note that you can only upgrade from:
Vista Home Basic and Home Premium to Windows 7 Home Premium and Windows 7 Ultimate
Vista Business to Windows 7 Professional and Windows 7 Ultimate
Vista Ultimate to Windows 7 Ultimate
If you have Windows XP you need to perform custom or clean install.
Once you figure out the right Windows 7 edition, you need to decide between 32-bit and 64-bit version: not all computers are capable of running 64-bit operating systems – you must have 64-bit-capable CPU (processor) on your computer, but the chances are that if you have purchased your computer in the past year or so, then it should be able to run the 64-bit version. However, if you are currently running a 32-bit version of Windows you can only upgrade to 32-bit version of Windows 7 and 64-bit version of Windows can only be upgraded to 64-bit Windows 7.
What is the difference between the upgrade and full versions of Windows 7?
The upgrade pack requires you to have a computer with genuine Windows XP or Windows Vista installed and if you have just purchased a brand new computer with no operating system, you will have to purchase the Windows 7 Full, which of course is more expensive.
And there is just one last pack that is worth mentioning – the family pack. What makes it so special? Well, the Family pack allows you to install Windows 7 on three computers in your household and as far as the price goes it is a truly great deal; unfortunately it is available only at selected stores and only in some locations.

Share this post