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How many versions of the Windows® 7 operating system are available and what is the difference between the various editions?

    There are six editions of the Windows 7 operating system. The different versions are listed below:

    NOTE: Each version includes the feature set of the lower version and additional features. The versions are listed in order from lowest to highest.

    • The Windows 7 Starter operating system: Designed for ease of use.
    • The Windows 7 Home Basic operating system: Designed for ease of use and includes a larger feature set.
    • The Windows 7 Home Premium operating system: Designed for home computers and includes many multimedia functions.
    • The Windows 7 Professional operating system: Designed for office computers and includes advanced networking features.
    • The Windows 7 Enterprise operating system: Designed for large corporations.
    • The Windows 7 Ultimate operating system: The most powerful and versatile version.

    The following table shows the feature set of each version:


    • Additional information about the differences between the versions is available on the Microsoft® Web site.
    • Some features require hardware components installed on the computer, such as a TV tuner card for viewing live TV with Media Center.