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TL;DR: Get Windows 7 Home Premium or Windows 7 Professional.

In case you haven't heard, it has been 100% confirmed that Windows 7 will be released in six versions. People are bitching and whining over this, but honestly, it's pretty easy to understand:

Windows 7 Starter
-Available worldwide to OEMS on new PCs
-Up to 3 concurrent applications
-Can join a Home Group
-Improved taskbar and JumpLists
-Missing Aero UI tweaks

Windows 7 Home Basic (Vista equivalent: $200)
-Only available in emerging markets
-Missing Aero UI tweaks
-No limit on concurrent applications
-Live thumbnail previews & enhanced visual experience
-Advanced networking support (ad-hoc wireless networks and internet connection sharing)
-Mobility Center

Win7 Starter and Win7 Home Basic are mainly for 3rd world countries (to combat piracy in those countries) and in low-end Netbooks.

Windows 7 Home Premium (Vista equivalent: $260)
-Available worldwide to OEM and Retail
-Includes all features of Windows 7 Home Basic
-Includes Aero UI tweaks and advanced windows navigation
-Features multi-touch capabilities and improved handwriting recognition
-Adds "premium" games
-Adds media capabilities (enhanced Windows Media Center, enhanced media streaming, DVD playback, DVD creation, Play To, etc.)
-Can create home network groups

Windows 7 Professional (Vista equivalent: $300)
-Available worldwide to OEM and Retail
-Includes all features of Windows 7 Home Premium
-Adds Mobility Center
-Adds Presentation Mode
-Available worldwide to OEM and Retail
-Ability to join a managed network with Domain Join
-Adds Remote Desktop, Offline Folders, etc.
-Data protection with advanced network backup and Encrypting File System
-Print to the right printer at home or work with Location Aware Printing

Microsoft will be focusing on Win7 Home Premium and Win7 Pro.

Windows 7 Enterprise
-Available only in volume licenses
-Includes all features of Windows 7 Professional
-Adds Branch Cache for support when on networks based on Windows Server 2008 R2
-Adds Direct Access for seamless connectivity to corporate networks based on Windows Server 2008 R2
-Adds BitLocker on internal and external HDDs
-Adds AppLocker for locking unauthorized software from running.

Windows 7 Ultimate (Vista equivalent: $320)
-Limited OEM and Retail availability
-Includes all features of Windows 7 Enterprise

Win7 Enterprise and Win7 Ult are not targeted towards consumers. You most likely will never use the abilities of Enterprise or Ultimate.

If you buy a premade (read: made by Dell, Acer, HP, Compaq...etc) Windows XP or Windows Vista machine after July 1, 2009, you are eligible to upgrade your machine to Windows 7 for FREE when it ships.

Bottom line, if you want Windows 7, you'll probably be happy with Home Premium or Professional.

Sources:
http://www.engadget.com/2009/02/03/windows-7-skus-announced-yes-your-worst-nightmare-has-come-to/2

http://www.geekzone.co.nz/content.asp?ContentId=8066
okageryuu: (Default)
I'm typing this from my newly official ACTIVATED Windows 7 beta! :D

I think I'm the VERY FIRST PERSON in the entire world to get a (public) key.

Why? Well, due to MS not anticipating people wanting a key so badly that they crashed Windows.com and EVERYTHING having to do with it, they had to close the servers down and work on them. However, they said that no one in the world had a key yet so all 2.5 million were still available.

Well, BEFORE they did all that...I had a key. :3 I'm the only one in the world with the first (public) key. And it works too! I can use it 3 times before it doesn't work anymore, so I used one to put it in Virtual PC so I can test it out on Vista until I can get my second HD next week and put it on there.

*Feels special :3*

When I mentioned this to people, no one believed me and so... I have a screenshot. :P



Well, I didn't have a real screenshot, but I DID print the page. So, I scanned it in, edited out the product key, and showed it to people to PROVE I had it first.

At that time, NO ONE else had it and everyone was frantic on getting one.

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