Win7: Which version did you get?

Which Win7 is yours?

  • Starter

    Votes: 2 3.8%
  • Home Premium

    Votes: 16 30.2%
  • Professional

    Votes: 13 24.5%
  • Ultimate

    Votes: 22 41.5%

  • Total voters


macrumors 604
Original poster
I'm curious to see out of the myriad versions available, which one you got (or are getting).

I'm not really concerned as to whether it was OEM or retail, full or upgrade, or 32-bit or 64-bit (though you're certainly welcome to comment on that aspect of your choice, of course).

I would like to hear though why you chose one version over another, and whether you feel that you should've gone to a higher or lover version based on "what you know now".


macrumors G4
I chose Home Premium because it was the "Sweet spot" for me feature/price wise. The only thing I wish they had not removed that was in Vista Home Premium was network backup but there are lots of 3rd party freeware that can do this. I use the x64 version to take full advantage of the RAM. I think the issue of 32 vs 64 bit wrt drivers is now old history for the most part.


macrumors regular
Apr 3, 2008
I chose Pro as it does everything Home Premium does and more, for virtually the same price.


macrumors 601
Dec 5, 2007
Yay Area, CA
I got Pro because it was free through MSDN AA lol

I don't use it anymore though, using Vista SP2 since Windows 7 is actually more of a headache on my First Gen MBP.


macrumors 68000
Jun 7, 2002
I voted for 'Home Premium', even though I have Vista. But I think Windows 7 and Vista are so much alike that it was okay to vote here. I don't think Ultimate is worth it if Windows isn't your primary operating system. And the Starter version isn't a system to write home about. Windows 7 Professional might just be worth it, but only if it's roughly the same price as Home Premium.


Moderator emeritus
Jan 9, 2004
Grand Rapids, MI, USA
I'm actually just beginning my first exposure to Windows, using Win7 Starter on my new netbook. The only thing I've run into that's absurd so far is that SE doesn't allow for desktop background changes, but Asus provided a utility to get around that. I heard and read all the negative publicity 7SE got, but honestly, on a netbook, it's not half bad.

The things I don't like about it, I think, are endemic to all Windows 7 versions -- for instance, it seems to keep downloading new updates and announcing to me on a daily basis that I need to restart my computer. Well, it hasn't yet today, so maybe that's done, but getting a Mac up-to-date after first installation is not so absurdist.


macrumors member
May 16, 2008
I have the home premium version of Windows 7 which is basically stripped down Windows Vista so it runs much faster. I went with the 64 bit on my bootcamp side since the 32 bit version only allows a max of 4 GB of RAM to be recognized & utilized. I don't think with any present software the 64 bit is any faster than the 32 bit (may even run slower depending on the app) but in the future if I want to utilized more RAM, I'd have the option. The OEM is cheaper which I bought from Newegg.


Staff member
Aug 16, 2005
New England
I have Home Premium (iMac), Professional (uMB) and Ultimate (uMBP).

Would have stuck with Pro all around for the RDP server, but got Ultimate free and was upgrading from XP Home on the iMac.



macrumors member
Jul 7, 2009
I got Ultimate because that's for the big dogs. I tried the vmware fusion, but that sucks. So I'll have to follow the bootcamp route.


macrumors 68000
Jun 7, 2002
I almost exclusively use my Windows installation for gaming, by the way. And for keeping it up to date, which it does indeed want to do by itself quite often. The only programs I ever run in Windows are Steam (plus the games I bought through it), Windows Update, Apple Software Update, Safari and Microsoft Security Essentials.


macrumors regular
Dec 23, 2009
Madrid, Spain
I use the Ultimate version, upgraded from Vista same flavour.

I want to buy another license to my MBP, but they are very expensive, even the Home version so I think that I'll use the ultimate torrent version :D


macrumors 6502a
Sep 17, 2007
Ultimate so I could use SUA (which is only available on Ultimate and Enterprise versions). If I don't need that on a machine, I'll usually go with Professional so I can have RDP server. SUA and RDP server are the only reasons I would get a version higher than Home Premium.


macrumors regular
Mar 1, 2008
SUA and RDP server are the only reasons I would get a version higher than Home Premium.
Don't forget the 16 GB RAM limit of Home Premium. It may not sound like much of a limitation now, but give it a few years.

The same goes for the 2 TB (per volume) limit of NTFS. That's going to rear its head quite soon.


macrumors 65816
Jun 25, 2007
Bellevue, WA
I bought a copy of Windows 7 Professional for my dad since he wasn't fond of Snow Leopard on the Mac mini.

As for myself, I got Enterprise edition from work.


macrumors newbie
Feb 16, 2010
Hello JNB,

What are the specs on your Apple computer? Windows 7 does have a lower resource consumption and many changes were made to ensure speed, stability, and performance when compared to other operating systems. Windows 7 RC is out and available for download for free directly from Microsoft. I would recommend checking out Microsoft Springboard to see what Windows 7 will offer you as a user. Also, Springboard does provide direct access to the Microsoft download center.
John M.
Microsoft Windows Client Team


macrumors member
Feb 23, 2010
I ended up with 64-bit Win7 Ultimate. They thing screams on my 2.8Ghz with 4GB RAM. It's amazing how much better this thing runs compared to Vista.