Time to learn windows 7

PristonPriston Posts: 999Member ■■■■□□□□□□
I think the next certification i'm going to study for is the MSTS Windows 7, config but I feel it might be a good idea to have a computer with windows 7 before I take it.

At the moment I'm thinking about just buying a brand new laptop with windows 7, but I want to know if I should go for the professional version or the home premium.
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  • Mojo_666Mojo_666 Posts: 438Member
    Priston wrote: »
    I think the next certification i'm going to study for is the MSTS Windows 7, config but I feel it might be a good idea to have a computer with windows 7 before I take it.

    At the moment I'm thinking about just buying a brand new laptop with windows 7, but I want to know if I should go for the professional version or the home premium.

    You only need Pro+ if you want to join a domain, otherwise home prem will be fine.
  • SynthrosSynthros Posts: 82Member ■■□□□□□□□□
    The Windows 7 certification (70-680) is geared toward running Windows 7 in an Enterprise environment. With that, I would definitely go with the Professional version. Home Premium does not have certain capabilities, such as being able to join a domain (and as a result, it cannot use Group Policies).
  • za3bourza3bour Posts: 1,062Member ■■■■□□□□□□
    Most laptops comes with Home Premium but I would upgrade it to Pro if you need to use features like Direct Access, Bitlocker ...etc

    You can use a very nice feature called Windows Anytime Upgrade in order to do the upgrade after you purchase the laptop

    Take a look here

    Windows 7 Pricing Buy Install Choose Edition Features Upgrades Offers
  • PsoasmanPsoasman Posts: 2,687Member ■■■■■■■■■□
    Try downloading the 90-day trial of Enterprise,so you can access all the available features.
  • earweedearweed Posts: 5,192Member ■■■■■■■■■□
    +1 I think the more advanced features are only available on enterprise/ultimate. It would probably do you good to put the Windows 7 enterprise and Server 2008 R2 as VMs and play with them together.
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  • QHaloQHalo Posts: 1,488Member
    za3bour wrote: »
    Most laptops comes with Home Premium but I would upgrade it to Pro if you need to use features like Direct Access, Bitlocker ...etc

    You can use a very nice feature called Windows Anytime Upgrade in order to do the upgrade after you purchase the laptop

    Take a look here

    Windows 7 Pricing Buy Install Choose Edition Features Upgrades Offers

    Pro does not support BitLocker or Direct Access. The link you provided states this. Only enterprise and ultimate support those features.
  • za3bourza3bour Posts: 1,062Member ■■■■□□□□□□
    QHalo wrote: »
    Pro does not support BitLocker or Direct Access. The link you provided states this. Only enterprise and ultimate support those features.


    Professional does support Bitlocker but it doesn't support Bitlocker to go (which is for removable storage) as for Direct Access you are right about it.
  • PristonPriston Posts: 999Member ■■■■□□□□□□
    buying a windows 7 ultimate 32-bit oem from newegg and using it on my desktop is starting to look like a better idea now. I just wish I could buy it as a 64-bit version instead, but pro tools 8 only works on 32-bit x.x
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  • xSequentialxxSequentialx Posts: 49Member ■■■□□□□□□□
    i don't see the need to buy ultimate just to pass the exam. Fair enough if you want to use the additional features after but if not then its much easier to just download the 90 day trial version and download virtual box. Also grab the trial version of server 2008 r2 and you'll have more than enough for what you need.

    I have home premium on my system and have i7 with 6gb of ram and have no probs running a few servers and windows 7 machines at the same time on virtualbox.

    The 90 day trial isn't 90 days from when you download it btw, you can install it on as many machines as you want and when you activate it, you can use it for 90 days. Once that starts to run you can just install another copy and activate that for another 90 days. (Just to be clear you can also run multiple versions of the trial at the same time)

    Regarding Bitlocker its my understanding that its only available on Enterprise/Ultimate versions of windows 7. You can configure a removable device to use bitlocker to go only on Enterprise/Ultimate, however other editions of windows 7 can read/write to the bitlocker to go device.
  • gandalphgandalph Posts: 33Member ■■□□□□□□□□
    I agree about using trial versions and if you go to this site

    How to extend the Windows Server 2008 evaluation period

    you can extend the trial period
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