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Which MS OS for new PC

Discussion in 'Tech Talk' started by jeffd, Nov 16, 2010.

  1. jeffd


    Dec 15, 2002
    Central Virginia
    For best stability, security, and access is Windows 7 Pro that much better than Home Premium? I want to dabble in remote access, home neteworking, etc. Not ready to tackle Linux. Do I give up anything that Home has if I go to Pro?
  2. IndyGunFreak


    Jan 26, 2001
    Pro should have everything Home does, plus some. At least that makes sense, I can't imagine a more expensive OS, being less capable, than the cheaper one .... (no, I'm not going to make a Linux/Windows comparison here.. but it was wide open.. ;) )


  3. Swiper


    Dec 31, 2009
    Washington, DC
    Just go for Windows 7 64bit Home Edition. Yes, the Pro has some extra functions useful for business operations but for what you need the Home Edition is good enough and a lot cheaper.
  4. IndyGunFreak


    Jan 26, 2001
    TightVNC is an awesome remote desktop package for Windows. The server runs easily(so others can browse your desktop if you want them to) the Viewer also works very well(so you can view others).

    No need to go Pro if that's your big issue.

    Another thing you can try, is "Teamviewer". I use it as a last resort in Linux support. Sometimes new users just can't explain a problem well, or they are confused, etc. and they don't know how to open ports on their router to allow a remote connection. TeamViewer handles all this w/ no configuring at all. It's free for personal, noncommercial use.

    Last edited: Nov 16, 2010
  5. Verrater

    Verrater JOIN, or DIE

    Dec 26, 2008
  6. Pierre!

    Pierre! NRA Life Member

    Jun 20, 2003
    Lovin Sparks Nv!
    Windows 7 Home Premium Upgrade Family Pack is Back...

    Runs about $44 per copy when you buy the 3 pack.

    Don't know if that helps ya out, but here is a link:

    Windows 7 Home Premium Upgrade Family Pack

    Word on the street says they will be pulling this soon like they did last year...

  7. MavsX

    MavsX The Dude Abides

    Jan 19, 2009
    Arlington, VA
    build or buy a nice windows 7 rig...then you can run linux in a virtual machine for free. kill 2 birds with 1 stone.....genius!
  8. anxietycoachjohn


    Nov 24, 2010
    Windows 7 “Makes the things you do every day easier with improved desktop navigation. Faster and easier to launch applications and find the documents you use most often. Make your web experience faster, easier, and safer than ever with Internet Explorer 8. Easy to create a home network and connect your PCs to a printer with HomeGroup. Watch many of your favorite TV shows for free when and where you want with Internet TV,” are the tasks enumerated by Microsoft that can be performed by all three editions. :wavey:
  9. Pierre!

    Pierre! NRA Life Member

    Jun 20, 2003
    Lovin Sparks Nv!
    As long as you won't be trying to use 'Domain' based security or connecting to a Virtual Private Network (VPN) you should be good to go with the Home version.

    Seems to me that some of the drive encryption also isn't available in the Home editions...

    But for SOHO (Small Office Home Office) use it is probably just fine.

  10. tous

    tous GET A ROPE!

    Jan 7, 2001
    Plano, Texas, Republic of
    Basically, Windows 7 Home Premium Edition does not have the feature to run older applications with XP-emulation, you can backup and restore only to a local drive and the Home version cannot join a Windows domain.

    Home Premium has Remote Desktop.

    The Bitlocker (drive encryption) feature is only in Ultimate, I believe.
    Last edited: Nov 26, 2010