Windows 7 Version:
Windows 7 Ultimate Pricing:
Upgrade Version Price: $299.99
What You Need to Run Windows 7 Ultimate:
1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster 32-bit or 64-bit processor. More about 32-bit vs. 64 bit computers.
1 gigabyte (GB) RAM (32-bit) or 2 GB RAM (64-bit). What is RAM?
16 GB available hard disk space for 32-bit computers or 20 GB for 64-bit.
DirectX 9 graphics device and driver. How to install DirectX graphics devices.
What You Get With Windows 7 Ultimate:
Windows 7 Ultimate Edition includes everything from the Home Premium and Professional editions, plus BitLocker encryption technology. BitLocker adds an extra layer of security to your hard drives, which can be important in these days of portability and laptop thefts. Windows 7 Ultimate also includes support for more languages -- currently 35 languages, according to Microsoft.
What Windows 7 Ultimate Does Not Have:
Not much. Windows 7 Ultimate includes the whole kit and kaboodle. If you want some programs that used to be included, like instant messenger, Microsoft Mail, Movie Maker and others, you'll need to download and install Windows Live Essentials. This is true of the other Windows 7 editions as well.
Why Choose Windows 7 Ultimate Edition:
Ultimate is also the best, and in fact, only option for countries that have languages not supported by other editions of Windows 7. All that comes at a price, as Windows 7 is quite expensive; whether it's worth it to you will require weighing its advantages and drawbacks.