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Which Windows 7 Edition Should I get?

By davbell22602
Nov 4, 2013
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  1. Which win7 version should I get for my wife's and mine PC? I was told to stay away from the home edition and to get either Pro or Ultimate. Yes I already know about one license per PC. So I need to get 2 copies.
     
  2. Cobalt006

    Cobalt006 TS Maniac Posts: 1,852   +184

    What do you use windows for? Use this as a bases as which one to get. But why were you told to stay away from home edition? If the computers are just for home use and nothing more .You would be fine with Win7 home edition.
     
  3. davbell22602

    davbell22602 TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 133

    Wife just uses hers for FB and email. I use mine for email, FB, looking up parts and ordering parts with few distributors I have.

    I was told home edition is more likely to attract virus's, malware, hackers, etc. Plus it doesnt operate as good as the pro and ultimate.
     
  4. Cobalt006

    Cobalt006 TS Maniac Posts: 1,852   +184

    You would be fine with home edition. With all the more you are using it for. If your are running a good antivirus program an anti spyware program and if you make sure your firewall is on. If you are using a router.All the better. I have ran the home edition now for 4 years and have not had any problems.
    I believe all the version can get a virus or be hack . If you don't use the proper security. In your system.
     
  5. learninmypc

    learninmypc TS Evangelist Posts: 5,317   +239

    I have W7 Home Premium & use it for FB,email & whatever I wish to do.
    I truthfully doubt W7 Home Edition is any more prone to infections than the others
    As long as you have good protection & don't go to bad sites, you should be good.
    I use Avast SUPERAntispyware SpywareBlaster & M-bam
    I also use Firefox. Good luck.
     
  6. davbell22602

    davbell22602 TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 133

    I use the free microsoft essentials for both PC's. Had no issues out of it yet. Actually had better luck with it than paid programs.
     
  7. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TechSpot Paladin Posts: 6,137   +1,530

    There is actually very little reason not to get Home over the other editions. In fact the only reason I have Pro is because of XP Mode, that will not run on Home.
     
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  8. learninmypc

    learninmypc TS Evangelist Posts: 5,317   +239

    Its good. The programs I listed are also free.
     
  9. JC713

    JC713 TS Evangelist Posts: 7,035   +914

    The only reason you would need Pro is if you have more than 16GB of RAM and you need Bitlocker drive encryption. The only reason you would need Ultimate is for language packs.

    They all have the same security.
     
  10. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 12,640   +322

    Aside fro JC713's comment about the large amount of RAM, I'd like to reinterate cliffordcooley's comment. When you buy Pro, you get a full copy of XP that you can run in a VM. For a lot of people that isn't worth the price increase over Home. Some people have some software that for whatever reason runs in XP but not Vista/7/8 so it is nice to have XP around (without dual booting, or needing a legal XP license), for other people, its just nice to have a VM you can use as a test environment when you want to do something shady and don't want your main OS to blow up :D
     
  11. gbhall

    gbhall TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,348   +50

    This is a slightly specialist reason to prefer Pro. My belief is that malware is going to get progressively worse, and Pro has as standard at least one method of locking down a PC that is not in the Home version, which is the ability to use Windows' Software Restriction Policies rules.

    Also if you do, or might in future, want to work remotely into a business server, you need the pro version to join a network domain. Finally, the Windows 7 backup facility can make full drive images which is not possible in Home. Of course there are also perfectly good full backup image packages which remain free, such as Macrium Reflect Free. Whatever your OS always take an image backup - monthly !!
     
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