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  Windows 7
  good star The Good  
 
  • Improved Security
  • Faster Operations
  • HomeGroup
  • Better Stability
  • More drivers
 
  bad The Bad  
 
  • May need new hardware
  • User Access Control
    (can be disabled)
 
 

Our Summary
A important, if not critical, upgrade from XP and desirable if using Vista. With up-to-date hardware, we strongly recommend Windows 7 as the best choice for safety and stability.

 
 
Windows 7 Top
     
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  Comparison of Windows 7 Editions  
     
 
 General
Home Premium
Professional
Ultimate
Type
Retail
Retail
Retail
Suggested Retail Price
$199.99
$299.99
$319.00
Suggested Retail Upgrade Price
$119.99
$199.99
$219.99
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 Performance Enhancements
Home Premium
Professional
Ultimate
ReadyDrive
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ReadyBoost
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Number of CPUs supported
2
2
2
Cores supported per processor supported
unlimited
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unlimited
64-bit CPU support
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Max RAM (32-bit CPUs)
4 GB
4 GB
4 GB
Max RAM (64-bit CPUs)
16 GB
128+ GB
128+ GB
Automatic hard disk defragmentation
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Windows SuperFetch
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 Included Applications
Home Premium
Professional
Ultimate
Windows Calendar
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Windows Contacts
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Windows Explorer
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Windows Sidebar
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Premium Games
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Backup and Recovery - Real-time
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Windows ShadowCopy  
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System image backup and recovery  
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Windows DVD Maker
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Multimedia Features
Home Premium
Professional
Ultimate
Photo Slide Shows with Themes
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Watch TV with pause, rewind and record
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Windows Media Player 12
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Windows Media Center with HDTV support
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Xbox 360 Media Center Extender support
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Security
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Ultimate
Windows Security Center
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Windows Defender (Anti-Spyware)
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Windows Firewall
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User Account Control
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Parental Controls
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Windows BitLocker Drive Encryption    
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Encrypting Files System (EFS)  
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 Internet
Home Premium
Professional
Ultimate
Internet Explorer 8
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RRS support
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Anti-Phishing
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IE8 Protected mode
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Data Execution Protection
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 Networking
Home Premium
Professional
Ultimate
Network and Sharing Center
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Improved Wireless Network Access
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File and folder sharing
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HomeGroup to share files and folders
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Windows Meeting Space
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Network projector support
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Windows Mobility Center
Limited
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Sync Center
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Join domain  
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IIS Web Server  
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 User Interface
Home Premium
Professional
Ultimate
Windows Aero UI
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Windows Flip
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Windows Flip 3D
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Live Taskbar Thumbnails
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Live content organization in Explorer
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Instant Search
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Tablet PC functions
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Touch Screen support
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Presentation Settings
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Windows Sideshow (multiple displays)
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 But wait! There's more...
Home Premium
Professional
Ultimate
Speech recognition
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Welcome Center
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XPS document support
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Upgrade anytime to Ultimate
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Windows XP Mode (separate download)
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Automatic Backup  
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Windows Fax and Scan  
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Multi-Language switcher - 35 languages    
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  Windows 7 Home Premium Upgrade  
     
   
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  Windows 7 Ultimate Upgrade  
     
   
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