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Old 02-03-09, 05:55 PM   #13
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MS are bunch of bastards.
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Old 02-03-09, 06:45 PM   #14
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I can't wait to get my free version of Ultimate from my MSDN subscription
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Old 02-03-09, 07:15 PM   #15
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I can't wait to get my free version of Ultimate from my MSDN subscription
i think ill get the Enterprise version for free from my campus licensing.
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i think ill get the Enterprise version for free from my campus licensing.
No, you would probably get Pro. In order to run Enterprise you need to have an activation server for your computer to verify it's authenticity.
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Old 02-04-09, 12:04 PM   #17
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What about the rumors that customers who buy Windows Vista after a certain date can get a free copy of Windows 7—is that true? Will there be certain SKUs that qualify?
"Microsoft often explores options with our partners to determine product offerings," the company said. "We are not announcing anything new at this time."
Hopefully they do something like this.
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No, you would probably get Pro. In order to run Enterprise you need to have an activation server for your computer to verify it's authenticity.
and that's what my campus has

if i were to get Vista, i would need to connect to the school network every week or so for the OS to "phone home". otherwise, it deactivates.

not really a big deal, considering the campus VPN would do it, and i currently live on campus. i may just shell out the cash for Pro though.
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The only features I see so far between Premium and Professional of any consequence are:
- More advanced networking (home workgroups and business support)
- more advanced backup
- Disk encryption


lets discuss each:

More advanced networking:
The teases in Win7 beta with the advanced home networking, looks appealing but its too early to see if it makes any real difference to advanced users like us for our needs.
What about in multi OS environments?
Wife just bought a vista laptop.
My work XP-based system and its VPN?
What about networked printers and other networked hardware? NAS? Win2K?


The more advanced backup:
Honestly, do we REALLY do backups? Or only critical data files to secondary/external volume.
Don't honestly see this as a real-world selling point for us. (We all should. But we don't)


Disk encryption:
And if my system fails through some other HW/MB problem? How do I retrieve my data files. (this has been a major headache in my business environments)
Not really interested for my personal system.
If you use disk encryption, you really need to do good backups. More $$$


So that really only leaves the networking.
Whats the $$ cost difference between the two?
Whats the performance difference for more gaming aligned users.


Are there any other significant features between the two I missed?

Time will tell.
Can't wait for the reports from RC1.


I fully intend to adopt Win7 64bit soon after launch.
Many of the reasons I skipped Vista initially have been resolved (vendor support mostly) , and I have replaced much of my older non-vista bits. (printers and such, which made the TCO for the vista upgrade a year ago unacceptable)
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