Windows 7 is an operating system that is of the Microsoft Windows family. Windows 7 is part of one of the most used operating systems around the world. It is the successor to Windows XP and Windows Vista. Alongside Windows 7 are two other operating systems that are viewed as alternatives to the Windows OS. Those alternatives include Linux operating systems as well as Windows Server 2008. Windows 7 Versions
Windows 7 like all other versions before has with sub versions of its operating system. Theses sub versions include W7 Starter, W7 Home Basic, W7 Home Premium, W7 Professional, W7 Enterprise, and W7 Ultimate. These are all sub versions of W7 that have their key features as well as their requirements. Beginning with Windows 7 Starter version, the key aspects are that it only comes in a 32-bit version with a maximum RAM amount of 2 gigabytes. The other key aspects are that it lacks the use of aero enhancements and does not have the ability to run three programs at the same time. Also its maximum number of CPU’s that it can have is one. The next version of Windows 7 is the Home Basic version. This version is somewhat like the starter version in some key aspects. Home Basic does not have aero enhancements, live thumbnail previews and internet connection sharing. Some other key aspects are that it comes in, 32-bit and 64-bit versions as well as 4 and 8 gigabytes respectively between the 32 and 64 bit versions. Windows 7 Home Premium consists of having aero enhancements, multi-touch, and media functionality and is able create home network groups. Respectively it is also both in 32-bit and 64-bit versions as well as employs between 4 and 16 gigabytes of RAM. Alongside Home Premium comes Windows 7 Professional. Windows 7 Professional includes an enhanced networking feature like domain join, also advance backup programs. This version includes both a versions of a 32 and 64 bit. As well this version includes a max CPU of 2 like the remaining versions. Windows 7 enterprise is the next level of windows operating system in which includes branch cache, direct access, bitlocker, applocker, and boot from VHD support. The final level of these windows versions is the Windows 7 Ultimate version. This version includes everything in all other versions and is both in 32-bit and 64-bit versions. Every version from Starter to Home Premium cannot backup to networks as the other versions can do. Windows Starter as well as Professional, Enterprise and Ultimate are mostly utilized by businesses as well as big organizations. Home Basic and Home Premium are utilized for personal home computing. In that regard Windows 7 utilizes many versions to compete with competitors like Linux and even in a sense a server version in its own family like Windows server 2008. Windows 7, Linux and Windows Server 2008 Comparison
Alongside the types of versions of Windows 7 come the comparison and the contrasting of its competitors or other versions. These would include Linux and Windows Server 2008. Linux is considered to be one of the most recent on rise operating system alongside mainstream Windows operating systems. According to what is Linux? (2012), Linux is an operating system in which evolved from a type of kernel. According to what is Linux? (2012), Linux is also a type of interface that is between computer/server hardware as well as the programs and applications that run on it. A direct difference in comparison to Windows 7 is that the file system is different in terms of having to mount copied files from floppies or CD-ROM’s. According to what is Linux? (2012), Linux is also built upon having professional knowledge of how to use the UNIX operating system. Windows Server 2008 is also in the windows family but in as a server type of operating system. This type of operating system is mainly used by businesses or any type of organization that utilizes the need for servers of this type. It utilizes as well as comes in both 32 and 64 bit versions....
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