If you were upgrading to the Windows 7 OS, you would be faced with the problem of choosing the right edition from the six different ones available for the Windows 7 OS. This could be confusing for an average not so tech-savvy who would not be able to distinguish one edition from the other without some Windows help.
About the different Windows 7 OS editions
The Windows 7 OS comes in so many different editions that you have to spend some time thinking about the purposes for which you would use the computer. The different available editions for Windows 7 are Windows 7 Starter, Windows 7 Home Basic, Windows 7 Home Premium, Window 7 Professional, Windows 7 Enterprise and Windows 7 Ultimate.
Each of these comes with different features and functions. The low priced ones are the basic editions like Windows 7 Starter and Windows 7 Home Basic. As you go higher to the much superior editions like Windows 7 Professional and Windows 7 Ultimate, the price also goes up. So, it is important to evaluate your needs before make the purchase.
The option to upgrade from one Windows 7 edition to the other
If you are not using a net book – for which the Windows 7 starter would be ideal -, then the Windows 7 Home Basic would get your started. Once you have installed the Windows 7 Home Basic, you would notice the Anytime Upgrade option present in the Windows 7 Control Panel.
The Windows 7 Anytime Upgrade allows the Windows 7 users to upgrade their OS to any of the superior editions like Windows 7 Professional or Windows 7 Ultimate after making the purchase online. Once you make the payment, you would receive a new product key.
When you launch the Windows 7 Anytime Upgrade, you need to enter this product key for start the upgrade. You might be asked to insert the Windows 7 disc or stay connected to the internet for the upgrade to take place. Follow these instructions to complete the upgrade.
It would be prudent to purchase the Windows 7 Basic edition and see if it meets your requirements. If not, you can always upgrade to the Windows 7 Professional or Windows 7 Ultimate editions by paying the difference. The Windows help options for both remain more or less the same.
Microsoft has simplified things a little bit for the Windows 8 OS with only two main editions for the users to choose from – Basic and Professional.