I always do the same thing (almost), but the cheapest.  For the PC I purchased, Windows 7 pro was included in the price.  I could have gone down, but I was a bit concerned about drivers.  Wanted to be sure I had all the Windows 7 drivers, which I save before re-installing the OS.  Guess I was a bit lazy in this case since I can always pick up missing drivers from Dell.

Thanks for the response.  I think I will probably go ahead and install Enterprise, just in case.


At 01:21 PM 2/3/2010 -0500, you wrote:

Larry, theres not going to be much difference:


Its easier to change now, as you mentioned, to align the system with UVMs typical configuration, which might have some value. But I dont see Windows 7 Pro being a problem.


One thing I dont understand, though. All UVM-owned computers can be upgraded from ANY windows OS to the current version. Why buy Win 7 Pro? I can $85 on many custom Dell configs by choosing Windows Home Basic. If you have an option, go for the cheapest version of Windows available when purchasing a system*.




* A system must have some version of Windows purchased with it. Our Campus Agreement covers upgrades to existing Windows OS. Buying a system with Linux disqualifies that system, and you need to buy a Full (i.e., non-upgrade) Windows license for the computer, preferably through the Microsoft Select program via the Computer Depot.


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> Subject: Windows 7 Pro vs Enterprise


> I have a new PC with Windows 7 Pro 64 bit.  Is it worth the trouble of

> installing Enterprise?  I don't believe you can upgrade, so it a fresh

> install.  Not actually a lot of trouble right now as no applications

> have been installed.