Windows 7 Home Basic

Windows 7 Home Basic is a Windows 7 edition that is not available worldwide. It has been specifically created by Microsoft to be sold in emerging markets. Its feature set is superior to the Windows 7 Starter edition. The features that it comes with are the following:

  • Concurrent Applications Unlimited
  • 32-bit and 64-bit mode support
  • Home Group Join Only
  • Windows Internet Explorer 8
  • Windows Media Player 12
  • Desktop Window Manager
  • Windows Mobility Center
  • Windows Aero Partial

The most apparent differences are that it does not come with the concurrent application limit. Other advantages are 64-bit support and the inclusion of the Desktop Window Manager, Windows Mobility Center and partial support for Windows Aero.

Most users won’t really see lots of differences between Home Basic and Premium, should they run the operating systems side by side. The reason is simply: Differences are scarce. The Homegroup feature might be one of the things that some users may want to have in their operating system. Windows 7 Home Basic users can only join homegroups, but they cannot create them which is a severe disadvantage in a household network for instance.

The remaining features depend on the use of the system. Premium games might be nice for some, and unimportant to others. Especially since there are so many free alternatives available on the Internet.

Windows Media Center can be replaced with a in many regards superior media player such as VLC or MPlayer.

Aero “beautifies” the desktop, that is usually not really needed to work with the operating system.

The main problem however is availability of Home Basic. It is not sold by retailers in countries like the United States. While you can find Windows 7 Home Basic on eBay, Craigslist and other marketplaces, they usually come at a price point that would get you a Home Premium or even Professional Systems Builder version or upgrade.

Windows 7 Home Premium

Windows 7 Home Premium is the edition of Windows 7 that is next in line. It contains all the features of both the Starter and Home Basic edition but gets rid of all the limitations these offer. The additional feature set includes:

  • Home Group Join and Create
  • Full Windows Aero support.
  • Home Group (Create & Join)
  • Multi-Touch
  • Premium Games
  • Windows Media Center

Buy Windows 7 Home Premium
Windows 7 Professional

Windows 7 Professional has been designed for small and medium sized businesses as well as professionals and enthusiasts. It includes all of the features of the Home Premium edition of Windows 7 plus the following additional features:

  • Windows Server Domain support.
  • Remote Desktop Server support.
  • Location aware printing.
  • Encrypting the file system
  • Presentation mode

Windows 7 Ultimate / Windows 7 Enterprise

Current plans indicate that Microsoft will only sell Windows 7 Ultimate online (for example by offering upgrades from other Windows 7 editions). Windows 7 Enterprise has the same feature set as Windows 7 Ultimate. The only difference is that the Enterprise edition is reserved for large companies.

  • AppLocker.
  • BitLocker Drive Encryption
  • BranchCache Distributed Cache
  • DirectAccess
  • Multilingual User Interface Pack
  • Virtual Hard Disk Booting

A full overview of all Windows 7 editions, their features and differences is available at our Windows 7 Features page.

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150 Responses to Windows 7 Home Basic

  1. Jprabumpa May 24, 2011 at 9:33 am #

    hi im using windows 7 home basic in my laptop, system will hang often, what to do for that

  2. Love_mkb July 2, 2011 at 11:51 am #

    i have window 7 home basic 32 bit origional in my toshiba laptop if i upgrade it then i hav to download the drivers or not or if i recover it then it will b again becam window 7 basic or lose the files plzz reply i want to upgrade home basic to ultimate or proffesional

  3. Andrewsurio July 10, 2011 at 1:09 am #

    I bought a dell Inspiron N4010 laptop two months ago.  I chose windows 7 Home basic with 64 bit system type.  After a month, my computer got corrupted files and according to the salesman of my laptop, the recovery partition is also corrupted.  So what they did was, they made a recovery disc from other laptop with the specs as mine.  After two weeks i noticed that my system type become a 32 bit.  I just want to ask if theres any way to come back my system type into a 64bit?

  4. Imanurseeikznahej August 2, 2011 at 1:37 am #

    hello…i have my laptop and its a windows 7 home basic.. i want to upgrade it in 7 ultimate but i cant access to it…how can i do it?please help me…

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  9. Bhavik20193patel September 10, 2011 at 5:27 am #

    i have windos 7 hom basic 32 bit bt i want ultimate. what cn i do?

  10. Psrahul82 September 15, 2011 at 11:42 am #

    i installed windows 7. but my video in yahoo messenger is can i change that tilted video?

  11. yogita October 4, 2011 at 12:18 pm #

    i have window 7 home basic 64 bit with i3 proce.Can i install vs 2010 ?
    is there required extra any sp or packages? plz help me

  12. Gabriel October 11, 2011 at 10:39 am #

    And how can I upgrade my windows 7 Home Basic to a Windows 7 Pro?

  13. Vinod Kumar October 11, 2011 at 9:35 pm #

    i also use window 7 64 bit bt i am use in turbo c++ in place of c and i am use easly k…………..

  14. Resmylaurance October 14, 2011 at 1:09 am #

    i cant install sql server 2005 in windows7 home basic,to install wat can i d

  15. Pagmis October 14, 2011 at 7:45 am #

    i need the product key for windows 7home basic can some one help me out there ?

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