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    Windows 7

    I have been using Windows 7, for a few years now, and really have just begun to feel comfortable with it. I used XP for ages, and really liked it, but was forced by a computer crash to go kicking and screaming into 7, a couple of years ago.

    Now that Windows 8 is out, and I'm sure more things will follow, and refurb. laptops with Win 7 on them are so cheap, I want to get another to have as a back up. Which brings me to my question....

    I can get a unit with Win 7 Pro on it, for $20 more than Win 7 Home Premium. I have been using Home Premium. Is the Pro something I will need, or use? Will everything that runs on the Home Premium run on Pro? Is there any advantage to having Pro, since, at some point, I'll have to be dragged to another unit and system?

    Forgive my lack of knowledge or talent in this venue. And yes, I am sure I could get used to Win 8, but not this week, when I can get a complete back up machine so cheaply. I have most of my stuff on a portable hard drive, so can just move it over, if everything is the same, or completely compatable. I found some things on portable hard drives did not transfer well for me from the XP to the Win 7.

    Thanks for any insight. And remember, I am tech challenged, so use little words, and type slowly!

    Edit; And yes, I even misspelled Windows in the subject. All of the lettering has come off of the keys on this laptop, and my typing stinks on a good day anyway.
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    Win 7 home premium will not hold you back from anything with typical home use. I would not recommend 8 unless you are ready for a descent learning curve and have a touch screen computer or laptop for it.

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    I've traditionally steered clear of the "Home" versions of any the various OS's. There are several differences in Win 7 Pro vs. Home Premium. Off the top of my head... Pro supports more memory ( > 16GB), supports encryption, remote desktop, domain membership and XP Mode.

    You can search online and probably locate a few more differences. Unless Win 7 Pro is breaking the bank you will not regret it. I've never heard any of my colleages say "Darn, I sure wish I would have gotten the Home version instead" but I have certainly heard the reverse more times than I care to count.

    Only you can decide if the cost difference is justified.

    And I second and third the opinion of the other poster... avoid Win8 for now or forever if you can. I'm hoping it will eventually join WinME and Vista as the trifecta of Microsoft OS blunders. And that's coming from someone who uses a PC for way more than Internet, Email, Games and Music.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jgayman View Post
    I'm hoping it will eventually join WinME and Vista as the trifecta of Microsoft OS blunders.
    DOS 3.3 was the last stable Microsoft operating system.
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    I used DOS 5.01 a few years ago. I actually liked it better than any of the Windows OS!

    Thanks for the input! I don't use the computer for much more than internet, email, and games. I have a 5 GB limit on data, per 30 day cycle, so don't do much else besides email, and the forum on the internet. The business program that I used to use with XP, is not compatable with Win 7. Improvements are not always good, for me.

    And no, I do NOT have a touch screen computer, nor do I want one. I didn't even consider that part about Win 8, so thanks for telling me!

    Cost is not an issue between the two. For the price of the Pro version, I can buy the Home version and pay the sales tax too. Not a huge difference. Certainly not the deciding factor. I just didn't know if the two would be 100% interchangable. I don't know that I need the Pro version, since I have been using Home Premium for 3 years now, and can't say that I need more than it offers. I probably don't use it to the fullest, since I am not very computer literate.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jgayman View Post
    I've traditionally steered clear of the "Home" versions of any the various OS's. There are several differences in Win 7 Pro vs. Home Premium. Off the top of my head... Pro supports more memory ( > 16GB), supports encryption, remote desktop, domain membership and XP Mode.

    You can search online and probably locate a few more differences. Unless Win 7 Pro is breaking the bank you will not regret it. I've never heard any of my colleages say "Darn, I sure wish I would have gotten the Home version instead" but I have certainly heard the reverse more times than I care to count.

    Only you can decide if the cost difference is justified.

    And I second and third the opinion of the other poster... avoid Win8 for now or forever if you can. I'm hoping it will eventually join WinME and Vista as the trifecta of Microsoft OS blunders. And that's coming from someone who uses a PC for way more than Internet, Email, Games and Music.
    I don't mean to sound stupid, but I really have no idea what all of that means, except for supporting more memory. I like the idea about an XP mode, because I have a couple of programs that couldn't make it onto the current laptop, due to them being XP, and this one being 7.

    Like I said, I need small words, and slow typing! Thanks ever so kindly for the info.
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    Quote Originally Posted by farmgirl19 View Post
    I have been using Windows 7, for a few years now, and really have just begun to feel comfortable with it. I used XP for ages, and really liked it, but was forced by a computer crash to go kicking and screaming into 7, a couple of years ago.

    Now that Windows 8 is out, and I'm sure more things will follow, and refurb. laptops with Win 7 on them are so cheap, I want to get another to have as a back up. Which brings me to my question....

    I can get a unit with Win 7 Pro on it, for $20 more than Win 7 Home Premium. I have been using Home Premium. Is the Pro something I will need, or use? Will everything that runs on the Home Premium run on Pro? Is there any advantage to having Pro, since, at some point, I'll have to be dragged to another unit and system?

    Forgive my lack of knowledge or talent in this venue. And yes, I am sure I could get used to Win 8, but not this week, when I can get a complete back up machine so cheaply. I have most of my stuff on a portable hard drive, so can just move it over, if everything is the same, or completely compatable. I found some things on portable hard drives did not transfer well for me from the XP to the Win 7.

    Thanks for any insight. And remember, I am tech challenged, so use little words, and type slowly!

    Edit; And yes, I even misspelled Windows in the subject. All of the lettering has come off of the keys on this laptop, and my typing stinks on a good day anyway.
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    Unless you are in a corporate network (many computers connected to a network with servers)... NO need for 7 Pro...
    Premium is just a fluffy pillow version of Home (flat plain pillow), so either will do.

    Windows 8 IS terrible (as was Vista, ME, 98). I find windows 8.1 to have fixed most of the stupidity of 8... Some of the rest of the stupidity of 8 is kind of required to "modernize" the interface for touch screen monitors.

    I also would not recommend 8.1 either... but ONLY because you have found pain moving from XP to 7, moving from 7 to 8.1 will be JUST as much pain (or more).

    I say this as I've been pretty progressive over the last 14 years as a network admin... I've used every windows OS from 3.1 to 8.1... I've put off rolling out windows 8... I have only in the last week relented and agreed to roll out 8.1, for only more advanced users.
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    I also agree with those saying home version is good enough.

    It just sucks how MS forces you into OS versions. They stopped updating DirectX for 7. Gearing it towards 8 now. What a crock. I sure hope 8 flops enough that they come to their senses that not everyone is tablet,phone ,or laptop happy. You would have thought that MS would have used a couple bucks for a platform survey. Surely they would have found there are still a s**t load of PC users out there.
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    Yup, and the majority of them are still running XP or older...

    Read up about the Windows versions out there and how Micro$oft is going to try and force everyone away from the older ones by April, 2014.

    Only user based ones with support (patches, fixes, security updates, etc..) will be Vista, 7, and 8. So in reality, that means 7... ;)

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