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Hello My Overclocking Family:

Since Windows will stop updating Windows XP (64-bit) I am forced to upgrade to Windows 7. I was going to do it anyways but because of time constraints I have not being able to.

Now this brings and interesting question. Should I buy Windows 7 Pro (64-bit) or should I buy Windows 7 Ultimate (64-bit)? There is a large price difference between the two. I am the regular run of the mill gamer. I do not run a massive company on my rig, just regular use, Netflix, HBO, Star Trek Online, etc, etc, etc.

Any opinions on what to get would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you,

Ivanopochtli...
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buy windows 7 pro as the only difference between it and ultimate is pro has the windows games turned off so employees won't be playing games instead of working.
but you can turn on all the windows games in control panel since when you install it on your system you will be the administrator.
I have windows 7 pro on my 3 systems and my wife has ultimate on her laptop and the only difference I see is the windows games,
and pro has a few more features then ultimate for backing up etc.
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Here is a good chart of what the differences are between the two OS's.... http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_7_editions

There is not really anything in Ultimate that would improve your gaming experience.

Most of the extra features in Ultimate are more enterprise oriented... like Bitlocker encryption, better remote desktop audio and display, better Virtual Desktop interfaces... etc.
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buy windows 7 pro as the only difference between it and ultimate is pro has the windows games turned off so employees won't be playing games instead of working.

Um, no....the differences between the Pro & Ultimate edition is that the latter has bitlocker and a few other features not present in the Pro edition. I can't recall all of them, but bitlocker is definitely one of them. If I can find a link I will post back here. As far as turning off the games (such as Freecell & Mine sweeper), you can do that in BOTH editions.
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Originally Posted by Ivanopochtli View Post

Now this brings and interesting question. Should I buy Windows 7 Pro (64-bit) or should I buy Windows 7 Ultimate (64-bit)? There is a large price difference between the two. <./snip>

Just get the Pro x64 edition. Much like yourself, i do some gaming every once in a while and run various applic. - none of it requires the Ultimate edition. I've been running Win7 Pro x64 pretty much ever since it came out - it's an excellent OS and you will not regret it. Also if you live in the United States, it is going to be very difficult for you find any retailer that sells Win7 of any kind as Microsoft has officially stopped selling it as of recent.

If you're really curious as to all the differences, here they are:

Features present in Ultimate (not included with Pro edition)
  • BitLocker Drive Encryption – As opposed to EFS, which uses file system level encryption, BitLocker uses full disk encryption.
  • Ability to switch between 35 different languages instantly
  • AppLocker – Ability to block software from running on the computer
  • BranchCache – Allows for fast file access across a WAN
  • Direct boot from VHD – Ability for a computer to boot from a VHD file with or without a host operating system
  • DirectAccess – Keeps mobile users connected while on the go
  • Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) enhancements

Taken from SOURCE:
http://helpdeskgeek.com/windows-7/difference-between-windows-7-home-professional-and-ultimate/
Edited by DaChosenOne - 3/7/14 at 9:45pm
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Um, no....the differences between the Pro & Ultimate edition is that the latter has bitlocker and a few other features not present in the Pro edition. I can't recall all of them, but bitlocker is definitely one of them. If I can find a link I will post back here. As far as turning off the games (such as Freecell & Mine sweeper), you can do that in BOTH editions.


Um my windows 7 pro has bitlocker, and I know you can turn windows games on or off in both but in pro the games are turned
off by default when you install the operating system but must have admin rights to turn them on in pro, if you install pro on your
own system then you are the admin anyway so you can turn them on.my pro version also has the 35 different languages that I can switch, I just had to install them after I installed the operating system.
Edited by jlhawn - 3/7/14 at 10:26pm
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Originally Posted by DaChosenOne View Post

Just get the Pro x64 edition. Much like yourself, i do some gaming every once in a while and run various applic. - none of it requires the Ultimate edition. I've been running Win7 Pro x64 pretty much ever since it came out - it's an excellent OS and you will not regret it. Also if you live in the United States, it is going to be very difficult for you find any retailer that sells Win7 of any kind as Microsoft has officially stopped selling it as of recent.

If you're really curious as to all the differences, here they are:

Features present in Ultimate (not included with Pro edition)
  • BitLocker Drive Encryption – As opposed to EFS, which uses file system level encryption, BitLocker uses full disk encryption.
  • Ability to switch between 35 different languages instantly
  • AppLocker – Ability to block software from running on the computer
  • BranchCache – Allows for fast file access across a WAN
  • Direct boot from VHD – Ability for a computer to boot from a VHD file with or without a host operating system
  • DirectAccess – Keeps mobile users connected while on the go
  • Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) enhancements

Taken from SOURCE:
http://helpdeskgeek.com/windows-7/difference-between-windows-7-home-professional-and-ultimate/

Microsoft has only stopped selling windows 7 to system manufacturers, you can still buy the disk at any store that sells it.
I just saw at office depot and best buy has all kinds of windows 7, I just bought another windows 7 pro o.e. disk from new egg.
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Originally Posted by Ivanopochtli View Post

Hello My Overclocking Family:

Since Windows will stop updating Windows XP (64-bit) I am forced to upgrade to Windows 7. I was going to do it anyways but because of time constraints I have not being able to.

Now this brings and interesting question. Should I buy Windows 7 Pro (64-bit) or should I buy Windows 7 Ultimate (64-bit)? There is a large price difference between the two. I am the regular run of the mill gamer. I do not run a massive company on my rig, just regular use, Netflix, HBO, Star Trek Online, etc, etc, etc.

Any opinions on what to get would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you,

Ivanopochtli...

I figure since you're running a 14 year old OS, you don't like change. But for the love of all that's holy - just skip Windows 7 and go straight to Windows 8.1. It's faster, more secure, and will extend the support window for at least another 7 years. Windows 7 support will end in six years. LOL.

Greg
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Microsoft has only stopped selling windows 7 to system manufacturers....

Only to system manufacturers? I beg to differ.
Microsoft No Longer Selling Windows 7 to Retailers
http://www.tomshardware.com/news/microsoft-windows-7-retailers-sales-deadline,25326.html

quote:
"Consumers looking to install Windows 7 on their current computers are now out of luck, as Microsoft has quietly discontinued the sale of the operating system as of October 30, 2013."
Quote:
Originally Posted by jlhawn View Post

I just saw at office depot and best buy has all kinds of windows 7, I just bought another windows 7 pro o.e. disk from new egg.

Whatever copies you saw at the best buy store were probably copies that they have had in their inventory for a while. Refer to the link above.
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Originally Posted by jlhawn View Post

Um my windows 7 pro has bitlocker,

How you managed to get bitlocker on Pro edition is pretty amazing. Please supply us with screenshots and the exact steps you took to achieve that. I remain unconvinced until then.

This discussion on the Microsoft forum confirms my original statement.

http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/windows/en-US/88b94cae-ef9e-45de-b33d-0ab5f8afe9a4/windows-7-pro-bitlocker

Quote:
BitLocker is unavailable for Windows 7 Professional and it cannot be downloaded and installed. It is available for Windows 7 Ultimate and Windows 7 Enterprise editions.
Edited by DaChosenOne - 3/7/14 at 11:01pm
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Originally Posted by hammong View Post

I figure since you're running a 14 year old OS, you don't like change. But for the love of all that's holy - just skip Windows 7 and go straight to Windows 8.1. It's faster, more secure, and will extend the support window for at least another 7 years. Windows 7 support will end in six years. LOL.

Greg

I'm not sure about that Greg. Given how old his hardware is, I seriously doubt that he's going to be able to find all the necessary h/w drivers. Plus going from XP GUI to Win8 metro will be a huge jump.
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