Results 1 to 12 of 12
  1. #1
    4 Star Lounger Jagworld's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2011
    Location
    Florida
    Posts
    467
    Thanks
    79
    Thanked 2 Times in 2 Posts

    Is win7 ultimate ver worth it over 7 home prem?

    It seem that a lot of mods here are using the Ultimate version of windows 7 and would appreciate your assessment of why you paid a extra $100 over the Home Premium version?

    Is this a proper question or am I off base !!

  2. #2
    4 Star Lounger
    Join Date
    Aug 2011
    Posts
    460
    Thanks
    1
    Thanked 33 Times in 33 Posts
    I paid for Pro because I use RD (remote desktop) all the time, only to find out later that aero glass and peek in RD was only allowed in the Ultimate or Enterprise versions. Small but very significant difference for me at least.
    Bitlocker, the built in version of encryption is only available in the highest version but I'm not sure that has caught on in usage to any significant degree, language packs for those that want to change language usage I guess, and Shadow Copy, which is a background data copy of your system's data, which also occurs in Home Premium but without a third party program, is impossible to access; good logic there (not!!) as it could be argued that the people who need access to previous versions of their data the most are the majority of average users who are using the most available version of Windows sold.

    I wonder if Microsoft knows how much they hamstring themselves by having so many different versions, with a less capable version available to the most users...all it did for me was piss me off; especially knowing I have more capability in remote desktop using XP Pro...among other things. If MS wouldn't hamper their product so much they would have made a lot more money off of me at least.

  3. The Following User Says Thank You to Infinicore For This Useful Post:

    Jagworld (2011-10-16)

  4. #3
    4 Star Lounger Jagworld's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2011
    Location
    Florida
    Posts
    467
    Thanks
    79
    Thanked 2 Times in 2 Posts
    Thanks Infinicore !!

  5. #4
    Super Moderator RetiredGeek's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2004
    Location
    Manning, South Carolina
    Posts
    9,433
    Thanks
    371
    Thanked 1,456 Times in 1,325 Posts
    Here's a Microsoft page with a feature comparison of Win 7 versions.
    IMHO don't buy more than you need. Home Premium should meet the needs of most.
    If there is a specific feature you need first check to see if it is available, usually for free, from another source. For example in stead of remote desktop I use TeamViewer free version, works great less filling {$$$$}.
    May the Forces of good computing be with you!

    RG

    PowerShell & VBA Rule!

    My Systems: Desktop Specs
    Laptop Specs

  6. #5
    Super Moderator CLiNT's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2009
    Location
    California & Arizona
    Posts
    6,121
    Thanks
    160
    Thanked 609 Times in 557 Posts
    Unless your specifically planning on using Microsoft's Bitlocker encryption and multi languages, Windows 7 Ultimate is of little use for the extra money.
    I go with the Pro version, even if I don't currently use all it has to offer, I may change my mind later. I definately know I won't be using Bitlocker though.

    Check out the link in RetiredGeek's post.

  7. #6
    4 Star Lounger Jagworld's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2011
    Location
    Florida
    Posts
    467
    Thanks
    79
    Thanked 2 Times in 2 Posts
    I dont see the Free version at there web site, only the full version ??

    Sounds like I'd like to use it but !!

    Quote Originally Posted by RetiredGeek View Post
    Here's a Microsoft page with a feature comparison of Win 7 versions.
    IMHO don't buy more than you need. Home Premium should meet the needs of most.
    If there is a specific feature you need first check to see if it is available, usually for free, from another source. For example in stead of remote desktop I use TeamViewer free version, works great less filling {$$$$}.

  8. #7
    Administrator
    Join Date
    Jun 2010
    Location
    Portugal
    Posts
    12,519
    Thanks
    152
    Thanked 1,398 Times in 1,221 Posts
    Another "native" way to get remote desktop functionality is through Windows Live Mesh.

  9. #8
    WS Lounge VIP Browni's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2009
    Location
    Rochdale, UK
    Posts
    1,650
    Thanks
    38
    Thanked 161 Times in 139 Posts
    Quote Originally Posted by Jagworld View Post
    I dont see the Free version at there web site, only the full version ??

    Sounds like I'd like to use it but !!
    The full version is the free version!

    EDIT: Just to say I recommend it as well. It has been used successfully a few times in removing malware from friends computers.

    teamviewer.PNG
    Last edited by Browni; 2011-10-16 at 18:51.

  10. #9
    4 Star Lounger Jagworld's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2011
    Location
    Florida
    Posts
    467
    Thanks
    79
    Thanked 2 Times in 2 Posts
    Thanks Browni:
    I'll give it a shot.

  11. #10
    4 Star Lounger
    Join Date
    Mar 2002
    Location
    Sacramento, California, USA
    Posts
    509
    Thanks
    4
    Thanked 1 Time in 1 Post
    I scratched my head for quite a while over whether to get Home Premium or Pro. The one Pro feature I thought might be important was the XP emulator, but I never found a clear explanation of what it does.

    I found a Microsoft.com page which explained that the XP emulator helps Win7 run certain "office productivity programs" that were written for WinXP. Just what does that mean? Will I need the XP emulator to run Office 2003? Probably not, but I couldn't find anything that said so.

    I ended up ordering Win7 Pro, so this is now moot, but I'm still curious.

  12. #11
    Super Moderator RetiredGeek's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2004
    Location
    Manning, South Carolina
    Posts
    9,433
    Thanks
    371
    Thanked 1,456 Times in 1,325 Posts
    No you do NOT need Pro to run Office 2003, I'm running it just fine on HP 64-bit.
    May the Forces of good computing be with you!

    RG

    PowerShell & VBA Rule!

    My Systems: Desktop Specs
    Laptop Specs

  13. #12
    4 Star Lounger Jagworld's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2011
    Location
    Florida
    Posts
    467
    Thanks
    79
    Thanked 2 Times in 2 Posts
    I was also pondering which Version to get and concerned about a whole bunch XP fat32 prog I had bought and other old stuff.

    I just said to Heck with it and bought w7 home prem (64bit) along with a HD (newegg) and have I been surprised because almost all has run so far.

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •