QOTD: Which Version of Windows 7 Do You Use?

It's been a full week since Windows 7 officially hit the mass market. Those of you who pride yourselves in being early adopters of technology have probably already got your Windows 7 machine all tricked out and running better than things were before, be it on Vista or XP.

Microsoft believes that Windows 7 Home Premium will be the overwhelming edition for mainstream computer users, despite how much cooler-sounding Professional and Ultimate (especially Ultimate) are. Much of Home Premium's popularity will come from the fact that it'll be the most popular SKU bundled with new PCs – but you guys who build your own have a choice.

While Home Premium will do for most users, including hardcore gamers, the Professional and Ultimate editions do give you the option to run XP Mode if there is ever the need. There's also the option to backup over a network too.

What we'd like to know from your today is: which version of Windows 7 did you end up going with – and why?

Marcus Yam
Marcus Yam served as Tom's Hardware News Director during 2008-2014. He entered tech media in the late 90s and fondly remembers the days when an overclocked Celeron 300A and Voodoo2 SLI comprised a gaming rig with the ultimate street cred.
  • Ciuy
    7 Ultimate duuh
  • waikano
    Running RC Ultimate for the time, but will probably end up on Pro.
  • siliconchampion
    I have 3 computers running Professional, and one with Ultimate.
  • Shadow703793
    Win 7 Pro and Ultimate RTM via MSDN/MSDNAA
  • 08nwsula
    ultimate signature edition :)
  • dwightwhiteman
    Home Premium 64bit upgrade (with full install) because Staples had a 3 pack for $149.99 and I don't need ultimate's features
  • ph3412b07
    win 7 64-bit pro -need lots of ram, CAD programs optimized for 64, wanted to have xp-mode.

    A Poll feature would be nice on some of these QOTD's...

  • vishon
    home premium 64 here too.. i have no need for ultimate.
  • tomasf
    still using RC, not planing to buy
  • tayb
    Ultimate 32 bit.