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Which Windows 7 Operating System to Use ? Can you use XP Software on Windows 7 System?

For most engineers and technocrats, we rely heavily on our licensed engineering Software which we purchased ages ago and which still runs on Windows XP. Some would even have Software on older machines with Windows 95 or 98.

The problem comes when Bill Gates decides for the world that to make more money, he needs to make newer Software. Unfortunately he is the Operating System and most of us would depend on him for Windows System. So when he upgrades, we have to upgrade too.

If you are using XP, you will be glad to note that Windows 7 Professional caters for newer systems and well as older systems. That means you can still run your favourite XP Software on Win 7 platform if you use Win 7 Professional Version. Unfortunately, if you buy a computer or laptop, it will come with an operating system pre installed. Most likely this is the Free Home Edition called Windows 7 Starter, or Windows 7 Homebasic. The bad news is these two are good only for general purpose and fists ordinary people, such as using the Internet, Light Games, Word Processing and Light Videos. Its like Dos or Windows 98 packaged in Windows 7 interface.

If you run engineering Software, heavy games, power videos, images editing, CAD, and power user generally, then you need to upgrade the licence to Windows 7 Professional, by buying Online at Microsoft Website and upgrade online. There are both 32 Bits and 64 Bits System. For older Software and older machines, choose 32 Bits while for older Software and newer power machines, choose 64 Bits for Windows 7 professional. The 64 Bits runs faster on newer machines.

You can buy Windows 7 Professional or Upgrade Online at Microsoft Stores at great prices. Avoid buying DVD disks from Computer Shops as these could be unlicensed or OEM Windows versions selling as genuine versions. To be sure you get genuine Windows buy direct at Microsoft Stores, register and enjoy all legal upgrades.

On Windows XP, if you are still using it, not to worry, Microsoft said that they will continue support but will not provide upgrade features anymore. For your information, about 40% computers are still running on XP, me included. For newer computers, get Win Professional and you can have the best of both worlds.

Below is a Summary of Windows 7 Operating Systems and their choices :-

FEATURES

Home Basic

Home Premium

Professional

Ultimate 

Make the things you do every day easier with improved desktop navigation

 yes

yes 

 yes 

 yes 

Start programs faster and more easily, and quickly find the documents you use most often.

 yes

 yes 

 yes 

 yes 

Make your web experience faster, easier and safer than ever with Internet Explorer 8.

 yes

 yes 

 yes 

 yes 

Watch many of your favorite TV shows for free when and where you want with Internet TV.

 

 yes 

 yes 

 yes 

Easily create a home network and connect your PCs to a printer with HomeGroup.

 

 yes 

 yes 

 yes 

Run many Windows XP business programs in Windows XP Mode (separate download).

 

 

 yes 

 yes 

Connect to company networks easily and more securely with Domain Join

 

 

yes 

yes 

In addition to full-system Backup and Restore found in all editions, you can back up to a home or business network.

 

 

yes 

yes 

Help protect data on your PC and portable storage devices against loss or theft with BitLocker

 

 

 

yes 

Work in the language of your choice and switch between any of 35 languages  

yes 

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Authur- Philip Goh (B.Sc, MIEM, P.Eng. MICE, C.Eng) MEC Engineers, Civil & Structural Engineer HP: 016-8672189, Email: Widget: email cloaker