Saturday, 23 July, 2011




The Best Laptop Computers for You and Your Family... 

Windows 7 Home Premium Edition

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Windows 7 Starter Edition 


Windows 7 Home Basic Edition


The Best Laptop Computers for You and Your Family... 

Windows 7 Starter Edition

Think Before You Buy It!

Windows 7 Starter is the cheapest available edition of Windows 7. Many netbook and PC manufacturers ship their computers preinstalled with this operating system. The Windows7 Starter edition can only come to user as preinstalled OEM version operating system.

It is not even available in retail. For PC users who have never used Windows 7, this version was often promoted by many dealers as the best starting point.

Why is it not popular?

Windows 7 Starter Edition is also the least functional among the different Windows 7 versions available. Many of the standard features of Windows 7 are absent in the Starter Edition, forcing the user to deal with several drawbacks. These include the following:

  • The Aero theme is disabled, along with all related features.
  • There is no support for PCs and laptops with 64-bit hardware configuration.
  • There is no option for changing theme, or even the wallpaper. The system has to be run using the default Windows 7 Basic theme only, with the default wallpaper featuring the Windows 7 logo.
  • Premium Games included in most other editions of Windows 7 are nowhere to be found in the Starter Edition.
  • Computers running this operating system cannot join a Windows Server based domain.
  • Support for multiple monitor set ups is not present.
  • Even some standard features like Fast User Switching and Multilingual User Interface are disabled.

Why use Starter Edition in the first place?

The release of Windows7 Starter Edition is often thought of a marketing move made by Microsoft to promote other versions of their newest operating system. However, the edition turned out to be so bad that many laptop manufacturers and vendors in UK started installing the more expensive Windows 7 Home Premium Edition in their laptops, instead of the Starter Edition.

Starter Edition of Windows 7 is also available in an Anytime Upgrade Edition, which allows the user to upgrade the operating system to Home Premium Version, by paying the necessary charges online. However, the Edition has received mostly negative reviews from users worldwide, owing to its highly restricted list of features.

Windows 7 Home Basic Edition

 Restrictions Mar the Experience 


This edition is slightly more usable for users than its crippled predecessor, the Windows 7 Starter Edition. The operating system was marketed keeping into mind users from developing nations, including Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, Philippines, and Thailand.

The operating system is the only version of Windows 7 that has geographical activation restriction. This means that if you live in a country where Windows 7 Home Basic edition is not supported, you will not be able to activate the operating system even if you somehow purchase and install it.

Features restricted in Windows7 Home Basic

Apart from the above restriction, Win 7 Home Basic edition has several features blocked. For one thing, several features of the Aero theme are disabled in the Home Basic edition of Windows 7, though you can still apply the theme. Also the 64-bit disc is not supplied with the installation media pack. If you wish to install 64-bit version of the operating system, you will have to order it separately from Microsoft.

Useful features in Windows 7 Home Basic

This edition, however, has several usable features, which make it quite superior over the bare bone Starter edition. Here are some of the important features that this edition sports:

  • HomeGroup Support: If you have installed the Home Basic edition, you will be able to join a Home Group network. You will also be able to transfer files, play your media files remotely, and a lot more. However, you will not be able to create a Home Group network in this edition.
    Windows Media Player 12: The Home Basic edition ships with the latest version of Windows Media Player. So, expect superior playback of all your media files.
  • Windows Desktop Manager: This utility allows you to customize desktop settings as per your requirements.
  • Windows Mobility Center: This utility puts your frequently used settings for mobile PC in one place for easy, one-click access. You can also sync files and folders on your desktop PC with those in your mobile PC.

  • Windows 7 Home Premium Edition

    Perfect for Home Entertainment 


    Windows 7 Home Premium is a great operating system for users who love to use their PC for entertainment purposes. Be it watching movies in HD (High Definition) quality or playing the latest PC games in high resolutions, Microsoft Windows7 Home Premium is the perfect choice.
    Many features of Windows 7 were deactivated in earlier versions (Windows 7 Starter, Windows 7 Home Basic), many of which are active in this edition. Let us take a look at some of the top of the line features included in this edition of Windows 7.

    Maximum Entertainment, Maximum Gaming

    The following features make Windows 7 Home Premium perfect for home entertainment:
  • HomeGroup: New with Windows 7, HomeGroup takes the headache out of sharing files, devices, and printers on a home network. Connect two or more Laptop or Desktop PCs running Windows 7, and HomeGroup makes it easy to automatically start sharing your music, pictures, video, and document libraries oo with others in your home.
  • Windows Media Player 12: The latest version of the Windows Media Player is included in Windows 7 Home Premium. Support for a wide range of video and audio file types, as well as provision for HD playback of media files make the Home Premium edition a must have for connoisseurs of movies.

    • Inbuilt support for high end PCI-Express cards: Windows7 Home Premium has built in support for high end PCI-Express graphics cards from all leading manufacturers like NVidia and ATI. As a result, you can play state of the art games released recently at smooth frame rates and high details, provided you have the right kind of hardware configuration to handle it.
    • DirectX 11 support: DirectX 11 is the latest graphics platform developed by Microsoft. It allows for incredibly realistic lighting and overall graphics in games, making gaming on Home Premium edition quite an experience.

      Microsoft has included a feature named Windows Media Center in Windows 7 Home Premium edition. The feature brings all of your entertainment shortcuts to one spot for quick, hassle-free access. It includes the option of watching TV directly from your PC through the internet and recording your favorite TV shows in HD format. You can even program the recording time, so that it begins automatically at the time when the show is supposed to start. Windows Media Center allows you to download or watch movies and episodes of TV series via your NetFlix account.
      This edition designed to make your PC sleep and resume quicker, also takes full advantage of 64-bit PC hardware and memory.
      Besides, if you are a sports enthusiast, you will be able to keep track of your favorite team's performance directly from your desktop, through internet.

      System Requirements for Windows 7 Home Premium

      Microsoft has published minimum hardware requirements for the retail editions of Windows 7. The specifics are listed in Table bellow.
      Hardware Component Minimum Windows 7 System Requirement
      Processor (CPU) 1-GHz or faster, 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64) processor
      Memory 1 GB RAM (32-bit) 2 GB RAM (64-bit)
      Graphics processor Support for DirectX 9 graphics with WDDM 1.0 or higher driver
      Hard Drive 16 GB available disk space (32-bit) 20 GB available disk space (64-bit)
      Note that Memory (RAM) and Hard Drive space requirements are slightly higher for 64-bit versions of Windows 7

    Windows 7 Professional Edition

    Everything you need for home and work 


    Windows7 Professional edition is aimed at power users who love to tweak the operating system so that it conforms to their preferences. This fact is evident the moment you boot up your PC using this version. Windows 7 Professional is quite heavy as far as resource requirements are concerned, but the boot time is surprisingly little if you are able to provide it with a strong enough hardware configuration.
    Under ideal conditions, the operating system boots up in just a little under 10 seconds. Not only that, it is equipped with a plethora of powerful features that can be used to customize the performance to your heart's content.

    New Features in Windows 7 Professional

    Windows 7 Pro Edition has all the features of Windows 7 Home Premium, including the following extra ones:
  • Joining a Windows domain: Professional edition will allow you to participate in a Windows Server domain. Once you join, you can perform almost all tasks dependent on domain-based networks, along with backing up your data through network.
    Location aware printing: If you join multiple domains using your laptop computer on a regular basis and print files from the different network printers, Windows 7 Professional creates a database based on the information. Next time you are at those places and trying to print something, the request will automatically be sent to the printer attached to that specific network.
 Support for greater memory in 64-bit mode: The edition supports up to 192 GB of system memory in 64-bit mode. In the previous version (Home Premium), this was capped at 16 GB only.

Win 7 Professional edition supports Windows XP mode, which allows older applications built for Windows XP to be run in Windows 7. However, the applications need huge amounts of system resources to run properly, without serious lags and freezes. Additionally, your PC must be able to run a virtual drive.

Most office and business applications can be run fine on Windows XP mode. However, you should not expect to be able to play games in this mode, due to the obviously steep system requirements. Besides, applications run in this mode are executed inside a window placed on the desktop. Which self-respecting gamer would play his favorite titles inside a small window?

System Requirements for Windows 7 Professional

Microsoft has published minimum hardware requirements for the retail editions of Windows 7. The specifics are listed in Table bellow.

Hardware Component Minimum Windows 7 System Requirement
Processor (CPU) 1-GHz or faster, 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64) processor
Memory 1 GB RAM (32-bit) 2 GB RAM (64-bit)
Graphics processor Support for DirectX 9 graphics with WDDM 1.0 or higher driver
Hard Drive 16 GB available disk space (32-bit) 20 GB available disk space (64-bit)






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