Which version of Windows 7 is best for me?

In comparing the three current versions of Windows 7 and the Enterprise edition, all I am seeing that I need of the Ultimate is the backup provision i.e. I don't need the multiple language option or the Bitlocker.  If I am using computer for (heavy) Business plus Personal use, would that change anything?  I saw something about problems with backups when the Administrator is doing the backup (I am that).  Any comments on this either?

I also purchased a new 250GB hard drive.  Should I install Windows 7 on that and then, restore my remote backup up copy of the current driver on the new driver i.e. it will "write over" the previous XP Home Op system.

Why would/should I consider an OEM version of Windows 7.  Pricing is much less but it must be less for a reason!

Exclude Windows 7 Enterprise out of your decision that is only available to volume license customers.

To find out which edition is right for you, please refer to the following:
Windows 7 editions

What type of potential problems are you going to be encountering with backup? Please understand, if you plan to put Windows 7 on your computer, anything with Windows XP should be in the past unless you plan on running it through Windows XP Mode. Windows 7 uses a different driver model from Windows XP, so that driver is likely not to work.

OEM versions of Windows 7 are identical to Full License Retail versions except for the following:

- OEM versions do not offer any free Microsoft direct support from Microsoft support personnel

- OEM licenses are tied to the very first computer you install and activate it on

- OEM versions allow all hardware upgrades except for an upgrade to a different model motherboard

- OEM versions cannot be used to directly upgrade from an older Windows operating system

Your thoughts are not gathered properly on this post, I think you need re-evaluate what you want to do. Do you want to upgrade from an existing version of Windows 7? Are you planning to do a clean install? Are you running specific applications now you want to access?
Andre Da Costa http://adacosta.spaces.live.com http://www.activewin.com
Windows Insider MVP
MVP-Windows and Devices for IT

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Last updated March 20, 2018 Views 797 Applies to: