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.
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