QOTD: Which Version of Windows 7 Do You Use?

It's been a full week since Windows 7 officially hit the mass market. Those of you who pride yourselves in being early adopters of technology have probably already got your Windows 7 machine all tricked out and running better than things were before, be it on Vista or XP.

Microsoft believes that Windows 7 Home Premium will be the overwhelming edition for mainstream computer users, despite how much cooler-sounding Professional and Ultimate (especially Ultimate) are. Much of Home Premium's popularity will come from the fact that it'll be the most popular SKU bundled with new PCs – but you guys who build your own have a choice.

While Home Premium will do for most users, including hardcore gamers, the Professional and Ultimate editions do give you the option to run XP Mode if there is ever the need. There's also the option to backup over a network too.

What we'd like to know from your today is: which version of Windows 7 did you end up going with – and why?

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  • Anonymous
    W7 Home Premium upgrade. Because of price. I have two laptops and two desktops. I would preferred the full versions but I am hoping there will be workarounds for the upgrade version. I don't see the need for XP compatibility yet or network backup when there cloud backup available. What's on XP that won't run on 7?
  • eddieseven
    Well, It’s all down to price with me. I would love to run the Ultimate version of 7 but I don’t think I can justify the exorbitantly, extortionate price.
    At present the price here is around the £172- £183 price mark and I do think it’s a tad to high. £120 would have been quite enough, same as Vista Ultimate and for that I would have purchased it in a second.
    Considering Vista was a pretty poor mistake all said and done, Microsoft should have at least thought of its customer base in a more forgiving light rather than simply profiteering from its own mistakes.
    Vista users should have been compensated rather than punished; I had many problems with it that have only just recently been ironed out. The heavy burden still remains however, albeit a little more forgiving.
    As for Xp, It will remain on one of my machines as there are some elderly programs and games I still thoroughly enjoy from time to time. However I really think it’s time is drawing near now 7 has been released.
  • Anonymous
    Why am I going to buy 32 or 64 bit version sorry? Is 64 bit for multi core processors? I'm seeing Home edition 32 bit and 64 bit in OEM boxes and premium in retail box. flibertigibbet.