Windows 7 is the latest operating system released by Microsoft. This operating system has six editions: Windows 7 Starter, Windows 7 Home Basic, Windows 7 Home Premium, Windows 7 Professional, Windows 7 Enterprise, and Windows 7 Ultimate. Their differences are illustrated below:
Windows 7 Starter (limited distribution)
Broad application and device compatibility with up to three concurrent applications. Safe, reliable, and supported. Home Group makes it easy to share media, documents and printers across multiple PCs in offices without a domain. Improved taskbar and Jump Lists.
Note: Don't confuse "three concurrent applications" with the old "concurrent connections" from the desktop operating system limitations - this is different; this is effectively "three concurrent applications" running at the same time.
Windows 7 Home Basic (emerging market only)
All of the functionality listed above in Starter Edition plus Live thumbnail previews and enhanced visual experience. Advanced networking support (ad-hoc wireless networks and internet connection sharing). Mobility Center is included.
Windows 7 Home Premium
All of the functionality listed above in Starter and Home Basic Editions plus Aero Glass and advanced windows navigation. Easy networking and sharing across all your PCs and devices. Improved media format support, enhancements to Windows Media Center and media streaming, including Play To. Multi-touch and improved handwriting recognition.
Windows 7 Professional
All of the functionality listed above in Starter, Home Basic and Home Premium Editions. Domain Join enables simple and secure server networking. Encrypting File System protects data with advanced network backup. Location Aware Printing helps find the right printer when moving between the office and home.
Windows 7 Enterprise and Ultimate
All of the functionality listed above in Starter, Home Basic, Home Premium and Professional Editions. Bit Locker protects data on removable devices. Direct Access links users to corporate resources from the road without a virtual private network (VPN). Branch Cache makes if faster to open files and Web pages from a branch office. AppLocker easily restricts unauthorized software and enables greater security.
Moreover, Windows 7 partitions are different from that of other operating systems. Thus, few partition software can support Windows 7 partitions. There are only two software that can support Windows 7 partitions.
The only two software that can currently support Windows 7 partitions are Partition Wizard and Paragon Partition Manager. However, Paragon Partition Manager is expensive, and it has no free edition available for home users. If you want to do partition management with Paragon Partition Manager, it would probably cost you at least $69.
Partition Wizard is much more powerful than other partition software in the same class, such as Paragon Partition Manager Server edition. Partition Wizard Server Edition is also available at a much lower price.