A lot of times readers will ask, “Why doesn’t your Windows 7 tip work on my Windows 7 computer?” or “Why doesn’t the screenshot for that article about Windows 7 look the same as my computer?” Sometimes even, “Why doesn’t a program that says it’s compatible with Windows 7 work on my computer?”
The answer: There are actually 6 different editions of Windows 7. Most users have either Windows 7 Home Premium or Windows 7 Professional.
Home Premium was aimed at home users. But there is also Windows 7 Starter – which is limited to 32-bit and has fewer features. You can’t even change the wallpaper. Windows 7 Home Basic was sold outside of the United States and actually has geographic restrictions for activation.
Window 7 Professional was intended for businesses as was Windows 7 Enterprise, which was sold in volume licenses to businesses.
Windows 7 Ultimate has most of the same features as Windows Enterprise, but was sold to home users.
To add to the confusion, many who bought one type of Windows 7 were able to upgrade to another.So the Windows 7 you’re running now might not be the versions you started with.
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