2. WINDOWS 7 EDITION COMPARISON CHART

FeaturesStarterHome BasicHome PremiumProfessionalEnterpriseUltimate
Licensing schemeOEM licensingRetail and OEM
licensing in
emerging markets
Retail and OEM
licensing
Retail, OEM and
volume licensing[35]
Volume licensing[35]Retail and OEM
licensing
Maximum physical memory (RAM) (32-Bit)[36]2 GB4 GB4 GB4 GB4 GB4 GB
Maximum physical memory (RAM) (64-Bit)[36]N/A8 GB16 GB192 GB192 GB192 GB
Maximum physical CPUs supported[a][37]111222
Built-in AVCHD support[38]NoYesYesYesYesYes
Multiple monitorsNoYesYesYesYesYes
Fast user switchingNoYesYesYesYesYes
Desktop Window ManagerNoYesYesYesYesYes
Windows Mobility CenterNoYesYesYesYesYes
Printing via the InternetNo[39]YesYesYesYesYes
Windows Parental Controls[40]NoYesYesYesYesYes
64-bit edition available?NoYes, but not in retail SKUsYesYesYesYes
Windows AeroNoPartialYesYesYesYes
Internet connection sharingNoNoYesYesYesYes
Built-in DVD (MPEG-2 and Dolby Digital) decoder[3]NoNoYesYesYesYes
Multi-touchNoNoYesYesYesYes
Windows Media CenterNoNoYesYesYesYes
Windows Media Player remote media experience[b]NoNoYes[41]Yes[41]Yes[41]Yes[41]
Premium games includedNoNoYesYes[c]Yes[c]Yes
HomeGroup supportJoin onlyJoin onlyCreate or joinCreate or joinCreate or joinCreate or join
Back up to network with Backup and Restore Center[43]NoNoNoYesYesYes
Act as host for Remote Desktop ServicesNoNoNoYesYesYes
Dynamic disks[44]NoNoNoYesYesYes
Encrypting File SystemNoNoNoYesYesYes
Location-aware printingNoNoNoYesYesYes
Presentation modeNoNoNoYesYesYes
Group Policy[45]NoNoNoYesYesYes
Offline files and folder redirection[45]NoNoNoYesYesYes
Windows Server domain joiningNoNoNoYesYesYes
Windows XP Mode[d]NoNoNoYesYesYes
Software restriction policiesNoNoNoYesYesYes
Remote administration toolsNoNoNoYesYesYes
Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services (AD LDS)[e]NoNoNoYesYesYes
AppLockerNoNoNoCreate policies, but cannot enforceCreate and enforce policiesCreate and enforce policies
Aero glass remoting[46][47]NoNoNoNoYesYes
Windows Media Player multimedia redirection[47]NoNoNoNoYes[41]Yes[41]
Audio recording over Remote Desktop Connection[47]NoNoNoNoYesYes
Multi-display Remote Desktop Connection[47]NoNoNoNoYesYes
Enterprise search scopes[45]:130NoNoNoNoYesYes
Federated search[48]NoNoNoNoYesYes
BitLocker Drive EncryptionNoNoNoNoYesYes
BranchCache Distributed CacheNoNoNoNoYesYes
DirectAccessNoNoNoNoYesYes
Subsystem for Unix-based ApplicationsNoNoNoNoYesYes
Supports Multilingual User Interface packagesNoNoNoNoYesYes
Virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) enhancements[45]:130NoNoNoNoYesYes
Virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) licensed[49]NoNoNoNoYesYes
VHD booting[f]NoNoNoNoYesYes
Switching between any of the 37 available languages[51][52]NoNoNoNoYes[52]Yes[52]
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