Difference Between Windows 7 Versions

Microsoft Windows was launched on July 22, 2009 along with its 6 versions. It helped Microsoft’s sinking boat to recover losses occurred after Windows Vista launch. Similar to its older versions Windows 7 as mentioned above have different 6 versions with different capabilities and reach namely:

  • Windows 7 Starter
  • Windows 7 Home Basic
  • Windows 7 Home Premium
  • Windows 7 Professional
  • Windows 7 Enterprise
  • Windows 7 Ultimate

Many times we gets confused when choosing between Windows 7 different versions. Most of people prefer Ultimate or Professional without any knowledge for what they are paying. In this story we going to tell you to how to choose best Windows 7 build according to your needs. Lets’ Discuss Windows 7 versions:

Windows 7 Starter

Microsoft made this version just for small notebook PCs, and is only available through the OEM channel on the new PCs limited to the specific types of hardware. The Windows 7 Starter edition does not have many required features and it also not allow automatic network based backups. Other features that are missing – Media Center, Sticky Notes, Snipping Tool.

Windows 7 Home Basic

This edition of Windows 7 allows you to enjoy more multimedia entertainment on your PC. Its only available in emerging market only like india, China, etc. Windows 7 Home Basic also allows to manage your network in better way and also have advanced networking support along with Mobility center support.

Windows 7 Home Premium

Most of the Time your new PC or Laptop have it preinstalled. It have most of the features for home users. Its the only single version which is offered to consumers. It include all features in above Editions and in addition you gets Windows Aero Theme. But it doesn’t support Windows XP mode, Windows Domain, Automatic Backup, BitLocker, and multi-language.

Windows 7 Professional

This edition is mainly for Businesses and have similar features to Home Premium except some security and connectivity features. It have Windows XP Mode, back up your computer over a network and ability of Remote desktop connection. It is available to Retail users only. It lacks features like Direct Access, Different Language Packs,  App Locker, etc.

Windows 7 Enterprise/Ultimate

It available only via Microsoft Software Assurance Licensing. Both Windows 7 Enterprise and Windows 7 Ultimate have same features but name is changed when working place. If it’s used in corporate environment, its called the Enterprise edition and on personal computers it called Ultimate. It has all features in mentioned in above Editions and along with it includes BitLocker, BitLocker To Go, AppLocker, BranchCache, DirectAccess, MUI, etc.

For more clearance we are inserting table below which will help you to better understand different versions of Windows:

windows 7 versions

We hope we have cleared some of your questions, if not drop comment below , we will answer your queries.

Microsoft starts the Pre-Orders in several countries

Recently Microsoft announced their first Windows 8 tablet. It’s name is Surface tablet first. It will be launched in US on October 26th and after U.S. it will be launched in other countries. It has 10.6″ inch Capacitive touch display with Gorilla Glass to protect it from scratches and being broken. Surface Tablet  has a 10.6″, 16:9 widescreen HD Display.

The tablet is only 9.3 mm thin and has 2 USB ports, including one USB power port which allows you charge your smartphone and other devices. It has a weight of around 1.5 lbs or 0.6 Kg. The device will come in two options in terms of operating system one with Windows 8RT and other is Windows 8 Pro. The tablet also has micro SD card slot which increases the storage capacity and it also has inbuilt memory around 32 GB, 64 GB or 128Gb depending on the model you choose.

In U.S. the initial stock of Surface RT devices has almost sold out and Microsoft promised October 26th delivery of the product. After this tablet will released in UK after a week  of the launch in U.S.

Samsung Unveils New Breed Of Windows 8 Ultrabooks, Tablets

Every manufacturer is now looking for Windows 8 as its official release is near, even you can now pre-order windows 8 for upgrade. Samsung shows off their new breed of Windows 8 Ultrabooks and Tablets in New York. Samsung America consumer electronics head, Tim Baxter, says:

Tablets and smartphones are ushering in a new era of computing mobility. New categories will arise as a result of this.

Samsung’s Windows 8 Ultrabook lineup begins with Series 5 Ultra Touch which is starting from $809.99 for core i3 processor while 13.3-inch Series 5 Ultra Touch, which boasts a touch screen with Intel Core i5 edition will cost $860. Check out table below for more information on other products that Samsung showed off today:

Samsung ATIV Smart PCs (hybrid laptop/tablets)

ATIV Smart PC Pro 700T — $1,200
ATIV Smart PC 500T — $750 (with keyboard) / $650 (without keyboard)

Samsung Mobile PCs (laptops)

Series 9 Premium Ultrabook — $1,400 (15 inch), $1,300 (13 inch)
Series 7 Notebook — $1,100 (15 inch)
Series 5 Ultra Touch (13.3-inch touch screen laptop) — $860 (Core i5), $810 (Core i3)
Series 3 Notebook — $450 – $900 depending on configuration

Samsung All-in-One PCs (desktops)

Series 7 All-in-One — $1,700 (27 inch); $1100 (23.6 inch)
Series 5 All-in-One — $800 (21.5 inch)

Readers if you are waiting for Windows 8 machines then add these devices to your list as they’re powered with powerful hardware and software as we know (Windows 8).

So how many of you are going to upgrade their machines to Windows 8?

Microsoft Steps Ahead In Digital Music, Launched Xbox Music

Recently Microsoft announced Xbox Music to gain some space in digital music industry. So its the beginning of the new era with Windows 8, which is now up for pre order, and end of the Zune era. Microsoft is now doing things similar to Apple by introducing special services for its upcoming Windows 8. But Microsoft is just step ahead than Apple as Microsoft have more variety in its offerings. Microsoft is designing everything in accordance to Windows 8, they launched Office 13 beta which gives best interlinking with Windows 8 from Online Storage to portable Windows 8 USB. Now Microsoft has come up with Xbox Music.

Microsoft Xbox Music will offer access to a global catalog of about 30 million songs. So in Windows 8 users will have default way to listen to songs with ads. Jerry Johnson, head of Microsoft’s music efforts, said he is committed to offering a free music streaming service. However, he said:[quote]“We acknowledge that free terms and conditions may evolve over time based on industry standards.”[/quote]Users can also subscribe to an ad-free version for $9.99 a month. And users can buy and download songs as well.

It seems that Microsoft has just realised that its attempts to turn the Xbox into an entertainment hub might provide it with the basis to give Apple a run for its money. Microsoft’s behavior does not appear to be all that different from that of Apple and Google, both of which include software for accessing their own music services in their mobile products.

Microsoft also plans to add a:

  • iOS and Android apps;
  • A web-based client;
  • Scan-and-Match feature similar to iTunes
  • Social features that lets you see what your friends are listening to

Additionally, Windows 8 upgrade will be available to Windows 7 original Users. For users who have bought devices running on Windows 7 before June 2 need to shell out $40 for downloadable upgrade and $70 for offline Upgrade. For More Details Head over to here.

Microsoft is now offering Windows 8 upgrade at similar fees like Apple iOS 6 upgrade. So now Microsoft is ready to begin with new era. Check back on October 26th as Windows 8 will be launched on that day.

MAC Vs PC

It’s no surprise that the war between Mac and PC users has been going on for ages. But now- a- days, Ultrabooks (the PC world’s answer to the MacBook Air) are getting better day by day. Models such as the Asus Zenbook, HP Envy and Dell XPS are a credit to the breed. We will take a closer look to evaluate the important features and technical specifications of both the Macs and the PCs.

OS
Operating System Versions - Market ShareMac operating system has traditionally been more stable than Windows. The main reason for this is that Apple used to produce both the hardware (Mac computer) and the software (Mac operating system). They had better control over the integration of the entire system. Now Apple uses the same architecture as a PC, but is selective about the components within the system to ensure stability. Since the Windows operating system can run on hundreds of different types of computers, variations in hardware configurations within those computers can cause stability problems. Now three years old, Windows 7 offers PC users superb speed, stability and functionality – with very few problems.
Winner: Tie

MAC into a PC (and vice verse)
A MAC can run Windows on it(By installing software like Boot Camp) whereas Apple does not allow the use of its operating system on non-Apple hardware. So a Windows PC cannot run Mac OS X.
Winner- Mac

DESIGN
Apple spends years sweating design details. As a result Macs are known for their elegant designs and stunning lines. Attractive colors and curvy looks make the MAC aesthetically more appealing than the PC. PCs have also come a long way in changing their looks. New generation ultrabooks are getting its looks closer to that of the Mac but it depends upon the PC manufacturer.
Winner: Mac

User Interface
The most noticeable difference between Macs and PCs is in the user interfaces. While both have a graphic user interface, Mac was the pioneer of the GUI technology and still continues to be the masters of it. But here we cannot say PCs have bad GUI, it totally depends upon personal preferences.
Winner- Tie (depends on user preference)

Gaming
Traditionally PCs have had the upper hand when it comes to gaming because more publishers developed games for the PC platform and PCs have also provided more powerful processors and speed is an important criterion when it comes to gaming.
Winner- PC

Hardware
Hardware - Mac vs PCBoth computer runs on same architecture and processor (generally intel’s processor ) but as discussed above the Mac OS and hardware are designed for each other but PCs have different hardware configurations like Macs typically have smaller hard drives than PCs and Macs have the memory between 1 to 4gb while PCs have anywhere from 2gb to 8gb.
Winner- tie game

Software
Both systems support most open-source software’s. Software for both systems is user friendly and easy to learn. For the average user, this may be more of a tie. But if you’re a finance person or a gamer, you know the Mac finishes a poor second.

Adobe programs and other major software titles are very similar or identical on both platforms. If a game-maker even deigns to make a Mac version of a title, it will come out months after the PC release. Instrumentation and general application software’s are generally made for PCs.
Winner: PC

Connectivity
PCs and Macs can usually share peripherals if they connect via USB, FireWire, or Bluetooth, Most popular applications for Mac and PC use the same file formats, making it simple to exchange documents with friends and coworkers or move existing files from a PC to a Mac.
Winner- tie game

CUSTOMIZATION
When you are choosing Mac then you accept a compromise that you cannot upgrade your Mac. You can’t even replace the RAM in a MacBook Air or a MacBook Pro with retina display because the memory is soldered to the logic board. With PCs, it’s easy to swap out drives and sound and graphic cards, or even build a custom PC from the ground up, if you’re reasonably handy.
Winner: PC

SECURITY
Mac computers are inherently more secure than PCs. Macs are rarely the target of malware attacks and no notable virus has been written specifically to attack the brand. The reduced number of its users also allows the company to focus much of their strategy on excellent technical support and security measures while PCs have maximum number of users and hence maximum virus are made for PCs. Yet you’re secure on a PC when you have an antivirus software installed – and can withstand a hit.
Winner: Tie game

PRICE
Some of the highly engineered Ultrabooks have finally caught up to or dipped under the Rs. 55,000/- entry-level price tag for MacBook Air. But most PC users can buy a perfectly good laptop or desktop for around Rs 30,000/-.
Winner: PC

Conclusion
Mac Users
Mac computers are most widely used in the creative professional market, including journalism and desktop publishing, video editing and audio editing, and have also made inroads into the educative and scientific research sectors. PCs are also used with some of the video and audio editing and research purposes but are found largely as the Home or Office Computer. PCs are also widely used in gaming due to a wider variety of games available for the Windows platform.

PC UsersSo which one is better – a Mac or PC? That really depends on what the user wants to do and is comfortable with. Weigh the pros and cons based on your work needs and personal requirements to get the best out of the brand and model of your choice. Well, the sole purpose of this post is to show you all the facts about both types of Computers, and let you decide. After all, the only person who knows you the best is YOU!

 

Microsoft starts Windows 8 Pre Orders

Microsoft’s next Operating system Windows 8 is officially up for pre orders. Its official launch is expected on 26th oct, 2012. The operating system upgrade will cost customers $70, and customers running Windows XP Service Pack 3, Windows Vista, and Windows 7 will be able to upgrade. The company is giving several options for upgrade to the users. Microsoft Official blog listed four ways to upgrade to Windows 8 -

  •  For the physical media types : Users can reserve a packaged DVD of Window 8 Pro for $69.99 at Amazon, Best Buy, Staples, Office Depot, Microsoft stores and other retailers.
  •  For the downloaders : Users can upgrade their devices on Oct. 26 — the day the system officially launches — for $40. Both of those offers run through Jan. 31.
  •  For the computer buyers: Users can also get Windows 8 with the purchase of a new PC or other devices. Sony, Asus, Acer, Dell and HP have all announced new computers that will run the upgrade.
  •  For those who worry they missed the boat: If you just bought a Windows 7 PC, don’t despair. Users who purchased or will purchase an eligible PCs between June 2 and Jan. 31 can upgrade to Windows 8 for $14.99. To take advantage of that deal, users should register their qualifying PC at Microsoft’s Upgrade Offer Web site. Microsoft will then send a promotional code that gives access to the special price.

To place upgrade for Windows 8 go to http://windowsupgradeoffer.com/ In india the upgrade will cost you only Rs. 699.