Difference between Windows 7 Home Basic and Professional

Key Difference: Windows 7 Home Basic is a version that is not widely available everywhere; it is only available in certain ‘emerging markets’ and is limited to 141 countries. Windows Home Basic as the name suggests is a very basic version of Windows and only allows users limited capability. The Windows 7 Professional is an edition designed specifically for small business owners. It includes all of the features of the Windows 7 Home Premium and adds a few additional features of its own.

Windows 7 is an operating system that was launched by Microsoft in October 2009 as an upgrade to Windows Vista. Similar to the other Windows operating systems, the company launched editions or a variety of the operating system with limited or additional features. These variations allow users to spend only on the features that are bound to use, with the other features reserved for professionals. Windows 7 Home Basic and Windows 7 Professional are two different editions of the Windows 7 operating system. The Windows 7 Home Basic is only available in emerging markets and has limited capabilities, while the Professional edition is targeted at the small business owners and offers additional features.

Windows 7 Home Basic is a version that is not widely available everywhere; it is only available in certain ‘emerging markets’ and is limited to 141 countries. Windows Home Basic as the name suggests is a very basic version of Windows and only allows users limited capability. The Home Basic version excludes certain Windows Aero options that were introduced with Windows Vista. This allows users only partial support to the aesthetic features that are provided by the Aero. In addition to limited aesthetic appeal, there are also a few functionality limitations. Home Basic does not come pre-installed with Windows Media Center. However, this can be purchased and downloaded from the company’s website. The lack of Windows Media Center limits media centralization and TV capabilities of the user. The core function of the Media Center is to consolidate all media needs of the user in one place. It also allows users to watch TV online as well as attach TV tuner. Movies, photos, videos and music functions are still allowed in Home Basic, but users are required to access different applications separately for each function.

The Windows 7 Professional is an edition designed specifically for small business owners. It includes all of the features of the Windows 7 Home Premium and adds a few additional features of its own. This is the third-most expensive edition that is available on the market.  The CD includes both the 32-bit and the 64-bit versions that let’s the user decide which architecture they want to incorporate depending on their RAM usage and the amount of data processed. The main function of the Professional edition is its ability to connect to business networks with Domain Join. Professional also offers mobility features such as ability to detect the closest printer based on the network that is logged on, as well as data protection capabilities. It includes additional features such as Restore Previous Versions, HomeGroup, advanced backup options and Windows Media Center.

All versions of Windows 7, except the Windows 7 Starter and Home Basic version will play DVDs without the need for downloading any extra software. All versions of Windows 7 will receive Mainstream Support until January 2015 and Extended Support till January 2020.

This checklist is adapted from the diagrams provided by Microsoft to Neowin.net.

 

Windows 7 Home Basic

Windows 7 Ultimate

Improved Windows Taskbar & Jump Lists

YES

YES

Windows Search

YES

YES

Join a HomeGroup

YES

YES

Windows Media Player

YES

YES

Back-up and Restore

YES

YES

Enhanced Media Player

YES

YES

Action Center

YES

YES

Device Stage (Crates a homepage for a device attached to the computer)

YES

YES

Enhanced home media streaming

YES

YES

Bluetooth support

YES

YES

Fax & Scan

YES

YES

Basic ‘inbox’ games

YES

YES

Credential Manager

YES

YES

Application Capabilities

YES

YES

Live Thumbnails Previews from Taskbar

YES

YES

Fast User Switching

YES

YES

Create ad-hoc wireless networks

YES

YES

Internet Connection Sharing

YES

YES

Multi-monitor support

YES

YES

Windows Mobility Center (without presentation settings)

YES

YES

Aero Glass & Advanced Window Navigation

 

YES

Aero Background

 

YES

Windows Touch (Multi-touch and handwriting recognition support)

 

YES

Create a HomeGroup

 

YES

Windows Media Center

 

YES

Remote Media Streaming

 

YES

DVD Video playback and authoring

 

YES

Premium ‘inbox’ games

 

YES

Snipping Tool, Sticky Notes, Windows Journal

 

YES

Windows Sideshow

 

YES

Location Aware Printing

 

YES

Domain Join and Group Policy Controls

 

YES

Remote Desktop Host

 

YES

Advanced Back-up (Network & Group Policy)

 

YES

Encrypting File System

 

YES

Windows XP Mode

 

YES

Windows Mobility Center (Presentation Mode)

 

YES

Offline Folders

 

YES

BitLocker & BitLocker To Go

 

YES

AppLocker

 

YES

DirectAccess

 

YES

BranchCache

 

YES

MUI Language Packs

 

YES

Enterprise Search Scopes

 

YES

VDI Enhancements

 

YES

Boot from VHD

 

YES

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