They're trying to hard to create 4 tiers... there really should only be 3. Starter, Home and Ultimate/Business.
Starter should stay as it is, Home should stay as it is plus backup and Ultimate/Business should be combined to give you access to domains, add bitlocker support and whatever else it has. That would make a LOT more sense.
Riddle me this: how many home users do you know who have ever run Microsoft Backup? How many even know that it exists?
There are a bazillion free ways of backing up -- including Microsoft's SyncToy, which works great and costs nothing (of course home users don't know this exists either). Personally, I use SmartSync on my home PC. Plus, practically every external hard disk drive comes with some type of backup software. So in terms of Home Premium bundleware... who cares?
Unless it's backing up something like Exchange or SharePoint (ie something that requires arcane wizardry like VSS to back up), I think that leaving it to third party or a higher end version is fine.
Doesn't matter to me, I use Acronis. What is dumb however, is not incuding XP mode. Gamers would use it, but not really the average home user. (since they wouldn't know anyways). Gamers know how to pirate. So instead of paying for Home Premium (which is less of a stretch than the others) they are most certainly going to steal Winodws instead for XP mode. (eg why buy premium and then steal ultimate to get this lol?) Brillant strategy. Whoever came up with this should be fired.
[citation][nom]renee9001[/nom]I don't see what the talk is about since it has AWAYS been this way.[/citation]
Just because something has always been a certain way doesn't mean that it's the best way to be.
That's a pain in the butt. Well I backup stuff to my external drive anyway, but for most users who don't have that as a habit it gets neglected until their hard drive dies or the windows install goes to hell. Gotta organize it though and burn off some of the older stuff onto DVDs .
[citation][nom]chripuck[/nom]They're trying to hard to create 4 tiers... there really should only be 3. Starter, Home and Ultimate/Business.Starter should stay as it is, Home should stay as it is plus backup and Ultimate/Business should be combined to give you access to domains, add bitlocker support and whatever else it has. That would make a LOT more sense.[/citation]
Ultimate is kind of a lame name... besides, there is no-longer a "business" version as in Vista, which was also lame... That was fixed and its now called PRO.
Starter is only in 3rd world countries... we won't see it in the USA/Europe.
Basic = Fine for netbooks and other under-powered computer. Not for notebooks or desktops... its an OEM version.
Home = Whats will be the most used version of Windows7. IT should include basic backup features. This is like a hold-over from XP-Home... but if you ran the tool from the XP-HOME CD (a 250k file), it would ADD Backup function to XP-Home.
Pro = Fine how it is...
Ultimate = Its generally $20 more than Pro... its feature list is minimal. But DOES include the language paks, which would REALLY be handy on ALL versions of Windows7, since it not really a tech feature.
Ultimate SHOULD include more useful functions, more art, more toys... and it should still cost $200~250 retail.
* I boycott the "Home basic / Home Premo" names. I only use BASIC and HOME to describe these versions.
1-Burn your Important Text files / documents / work spreadsheets / work files / final project etc onto CD/DVD
2-Burn important family photos / final videos / wedding etc onto DVD
3-Dont backup TERABYTES of useles ilegaly downloaded music / movies /porn
[citation][nom]mxyztplk[/nom]The author is evidently misreading his own link.NETWORK automatic backup is what is added in Windows 7 Professional and Ultimate. The author's link states that clearly.According to the following link, among others, BACKUP to local drives and removable media is provided in ALL editions of Windows 7.http://blogs.zdnet.com/Bott/?p=1031&page=2The following link confirms what the Microsoft link says about backing up files and system images to a NETWORK location being an ADDITIONAL backup capability of Windows 7 Professional and Ultimate: http://blogs.zdnet.com/Bott/?p=1031&page=5What does the article's author have to say in response? Never mind?[/citation]
This, and I will also add a link straight from Microsoft's site about Windows 7. Notice the nice "Applies to all editions of Windows 7" text in the top right.