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Windows 7 home premium 64 bit or windows 7 pro 64 bit
im using 16 GB ram and Msi 970 4G gaming.
im getting a free windows which of the 2 should i take ?
i play games and browse the internet. which of the 2 is faster and better for me ?
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I recommend the home version. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_7_editions
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I recommend the home version. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_7_editions
Agreed. Pro and up have lots of features that are largely lost on gaming and browsing.
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If you're possibly going to be adding RAM (above your current 16GB) then you want Pro. Win Home has a max of 16GB while Pro has a max of 192GB
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If you're possibly going to be adding RAM (above your current 16GB) then you want Pro. Win Home has a max of 16GB while Pro has a max of 192GB

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Agreed. Pro and up have lots of features that are largely lost on gaming and browsing.

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Originally Posted by keikei View Post

I recommend the home version. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_7_editions
when u say 16 GB is that purely RAM or does it include graphic card GB too ?
ive read somewhere where it says if my GPU is 4 gb and my ram is 16 gb on home premium it will be 4 gb from gpu and 12 gb from ram
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when u say 16 GB is that purely RAM or does it include graphic card GB too ?
ive read somewhere where it says if my GPU is 4 gb and my ram is 16 gb on home premium it will be 4 gb from gpu and 12 gb from ram
That is untrue.

DRAM (aka: ram) is controlled by the CPU/MOBO memory controller. The GPU has it's own board, bios, ram, cores and resources. Not to mention Windows wouldn't even know what DDR5 ram is.
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Windows 7 home premium 64 bit or windows 7 pro 64 bit
im using 16 GB ram and Msi 970 4G gaming.
im getting a free windows which of the 2 should i take ?
i play games and browse the internet. which of the 2 is faster and better for me ?

If it's free either way, there is no reason not to take Win 7 Pro. Off the top of my head, things you get in pro that you don't get in home premium which you may find useful:

Home has a 16gb memory limit, pro is much higher, if you ever want to increase memory.
Home does not support dynamic disks, pro does (spanned volumes, software RAID, etc.)
Pro allows incoming RDP sessions, home does not.
Pro has XP mode (potentially useful for old games).
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post #8 of 11
Home edition is fine. But if you get one of them for free than go for pro. Why not?

If you upgrade to Windows 10 home you can use up to 128gb of ram. Windows 10 pro has only a few more features like remote desktop, encryption etc

My suggestion:
Get Windows 7 pro and upgrade to Windows 10 pro.
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This is a silly question. Get Pro. If you don't use the extra features you at least have the option. I would've shot someone if I had home when I went to use raid 0 in diskman.
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A very important feature that I use is Homegroups, which Home Basic can't create. 16GB RAM is enough for the next few years but we will move on soon enough as we always do. Ten years ago even 1GB was a lot, then 2 became standard, so if it's free why not take the best you can get?
Edited by Liranan - 11/1/15 at 7:03pm
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