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Windows 7 Editions Comparison Chart

Microsoft has introduced six editions of Windows 7. The good news is that unlike Windows Vista, the features in the different Windows 7 editions are incremental making choosing one a little easier. Which one is right for you? Check out this detailed comparison chart to decide.

Starter Home Basic Home Premium Professional Enterprise Ultimate
Specifications
32-bit and 64-bit versions 32-bit only 32-bit only Both Both Both Both
Maximum physical memory (32-bit mode) 1 GB 4 GB 4 GB 4 GB 4 GB 4 GB
Maximum physical memory (64-bit mode) N/A 8 GB 16 GB 192 GB 192 GB 192 GB
Maximum CPU chips supported 1 1 1 2 2 2
Multi-Core Processor Support Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited
Simultatnous Running Application 3 Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited
Starter Home
Basic
Home
Premium
Professional Enterprise Ultimate
Features
Jump Lists Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Windows Search Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Parental Controls Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Windows ReadyDrive Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Windows ReadyBoost Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Automatic hard disk defragmentation Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Home Group Join only Join only Yes Yes Yes Yes
Backup and Restore Center Cannot back up to network Cannot back up to network Cannot back up to network Yes Yes Yes
Create System image Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Sync Center Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Action Center Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Windows Mobility Center No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Live Taskbar Previews No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Multiple monitors No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Fast user switching No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Desktop Wallpaper Changeable No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Desktop Window Manager No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Windows Aero No Partial Yes Yes Yes Yes
Windows Media Center No No Yes Yes Yes Yes
Tablet PC support No No Yes Yes Yes Yes
Multi-Touch No No Yes Yes Yes Yes
Encrypting File System No No No Yes Yes Yes
Location Aware Printing No No No Yes Yes Yes
Remote Desktop Host No No No Yes Yes Yes
Presentation Mode No No No Yes Yes Yes
Windows Server domain joining No No No Yes Yes Yes
Windows XP Mode No No No Yes Yes Yes
Aero glass remoting No No No No Yes Yes
AppLocker No No No No Yes Yes
BitLocker Drive Encryption No No No No Yes Yes
BranchCache Distributed Cache No No No No Yes Yes
DirectAccess No No No No Yes Yes
Subsystem for Unix-based Applications No No No No Yes Yes
Multilingual User Interface Pack No No No No Yes Yes
Virtual Hard Disk Booting No No No No Yes Yes
Starter Home
Basic
Home
Premium
Professional Enterprise Ultimate
Bundled Applications
Windows Defender Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Windows Firewall Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Internet Explorer 8 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Windows Gadgets and Gallery Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Calculator Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Paint Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Windows Fax and Scan Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Windows PowerShell and ISE Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
WordPad Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
XPS Viewer Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Windows Photo Viewer Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Basic photo slide shows Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Device Stage Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Windows Media Player 12 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Games Explorer with basic games Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Premium games No No Yes Yes Yes Yes
Windows Media Player Remote Media Experience No No Yes Yes Yes Yes
Snipping Tool No No Yes Yes Yes Yes
Sticky Notes No No Yes Yes Yes Yes
Windows Journal No No Yes Yes Yes Yes
DVD playback No No Yes Yes Yes Yes
Windows DVD Maker No No Yes Yes Yes Yes
Windows Anytime Upgrade Yes Yes Yes Yes No No
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