Windows 7 Versions


Oct 17, 2008
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Engadet have a writeup containing details of all the newly confirmed Windows 7 versions, which are as follows:

Windows 7 Starter (limited to three apps concurrently)
Windows 7 Home Basic (for emerging markets)
Windows 7 Home Premium (adds Aero, Touch, Media Center)
Windows 7 Professional (Remote Desktop host, Mobility Center, Presentation mode)
Windows 7 Enterprise (volume license only, boot from virtual drive, BitLocker)
Windows 7 Ultimate (limited availability, includes everything)

It looks like Windows 7 Home Premium will be suitable for most users, as the starter version is limited to running 3 applications at once.

Windows 7 Starter

  • Available worldwide to OEMs on new PCs
  • Missing Aero UI tweaks
  • Limited to 3 simultaneous applications
Windows 7 Home Basic (Vista equivalent: $200)
  • Only available in emerging markets
  • Missing Aero UI tweaks
Windows 7 Home Premium (Vista equivalent: $260)
  • Available worldwide, to OEMs and in retail
  • Includes Aero UI tweaks
  • Features multi-touch capabilities
  • Adds "premium" games
  • Adds media capabilities (Media Center, DVD playback, DVD creation, etc.)
  • Can create home network groups
Windows 7 Professional (Vista equivalent: $300)
  • Available worldwide, to OEMs and in retail
  • Includes all features of Premium
  • Adds enhanced networking capabilities (Remote Desktop host, domain support, offline folders, etc.)
  • Adds Mobility Center
  • Adds Presentation Mode
Windows 7 Enterprise

  • Available only in volume licenses
  • Includes all features of Professional
  • Adds Branch Cache
  • Adds Direct Access
  • Adds BitLocker
Windows 7 Ultimate (Vista equivalent: $320)
  • Limited OEM and retail availability
  • Includes all features of Enterprise
Read the full list of details at Engadet.


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