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Windows 7 Home Basic is good enough?


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#1 temote

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Posted 03 June 2012 - 03:54 AM

Hi everyone.

I'm thinking of buying a cheap Windows 7 OS and that is Home Basic and I'm thinking that if I will regret buying only a Home Basic Windows 7?

For my use of my PC I'm just a moderate gamer and sometime edit pictures and videos. And I'm thinking that if I will miss something using only a HomeBasic.

It tells in the Product that it is and 32bit OEM. I heard that you can make it to 64bit.
If I will upgrade my 32bit to 64bit can I just download it in the internet or I will still need to buy it?

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Posted 03 June 2012 - 09:06 AM

Windows Home Premium is your first level of the Windows family. http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows7/products/compare

Below Home Premuim is only preinstall in factory Home Starter and Home Basic. These version arent very common because its a strip version of Windows 7 Home Preemuim. I think that you cant buy Home Basic or Starter at retail shops they only sell the Home Premium
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_7_editions#Main_editions

I am suggesting Home Premium because its commonly for Home User or Professional is Business environment

32 bit is for 86 bit processors
64 bit is for 64 bit processors
OEM disc tie to your motherboard to that disc. Retail disc dont have that limitation

Depending on your hardware you can buy 32 or 64 bit version of Windows

I think if you buy retail has both versions 32,64 while OEM has to specified 32 or 64 versions

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Posted 03 June 2012 - 07:22 PM

Home Basic will only run 32bit howerver, the physical architecture of your machine can be more than that, but with home basic you would not be using your computer to it's full potential.

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Posted 04 June 2012 - 03:33 AM

Home Basic will only run 32bit howerver, the physical architecture of your machine can be more than that, but with home basic you would not be using your computer to it's full potential.

So Home Basic can't be upgraded to 64bit?

@coxchris But the shops I go to is still selling a Home Basic OS and the price is cheap, and if I buy Home Premium I think I will lower my quality of my PC parts especially my Video Card. Do Home Basic is really slow? I need so encouragement so I can buy Home Basic with no regrets :lol:
So what is the most important thing that I can miss if I only buy Home Basic. For now I don't know if I really use those feature in Home Premium since I don't know if its necessity.

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Posted 04 June 2012 - 04:07 AM

There's a table comparing features here:

http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/windows_7-windows_install/windows-7-starter-what-are-the-limitations/422801d5-89de-494d-8cc1-6f4fc21c2ac0

Note also that Home Basic is geographically restricted release software:

"Windows 7 Home Basic is available in emerging countries only; it is not available for retail sale nor is it supposed to be transported to other geographical locations for sale. This version of Windows is also quite limited in feature set as well as expandability and is intended for casual computer use. It does sport a few additional features that are not included in Starter Edition."

http://gunderstone.hubpages.com/hub/Windows-7-Features-Offered-on-each-Edition-of-Windows-7

It may not be possible to activate a Home Basic installation from a region where it is not intended to be available.
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Posted 04 June 2012 - 04:10 AM

I won't be very technical here temote, but I will say that when I obtained my laptop with Windows 7 Home Premium that I asked for a system that would allow me to perform graphic design using Adobe Photoshop, Flash as well as playing media (films, music etc) as well as doing other basic tasks. It did the job just fine for me. I think the rest pretty much depends on your system specs more than the operating system in your case. You have to be aware of what your hardware is capable of, as well as whether or not you can install a 64 bit Operating System. Last thing you want to do is screw up your system with an incompatible OS. I wanted more so I chose to upgrade, thought I'd made a mistake, and then ended up liking the fact I had upgraded (it's buried here in the forum somewhere lol). You on the other hand might not even want to.
If all you ARE doing is playing games (amongst the usual sending e-mails or word documents and tasks of lesser significance - to a gamer at least) then I would say Home Premium is your best bet. Anything beyond that seems to be more suited to small businesses and professional executives and the like who might need more practical functionality and maybe the extra added bit of security (e.g. Ultimate has bitlocker - Home Premium does not). If it's not something you really want to get at the moment because you're not sure, I would recommend looking at the Microsoft Compare Windows website
Obviously you're not looking to spend absolutely LOADS of money on a new OS disk or downloaded version, but it wouldn't hurt to go through that website to see which version of Windows you think would be best for you based on what you are most likely to do with it and whether you are likely to require any other functions that the other versions have where Home Premium does not.

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Posted 04 June 2012 - 04:31 AM

:lol: Then its Home Premium then

I will try my best to budget my future PC so I can buy Home Premium.

Thanks for the Help everyone :thumbup2:




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