Choice of Windows 7 for new laptop

I need a new laptop for VS and sql server development. My dev work involved ASP.NET, WPF, WCF WF, SSIS, SSAS, and others. Is Windows 7 home premium good enough? Or professional? Would professional be more suitable for connecting to a corporate network? Would it be OK to get win7 home now and upgrade it to professional later on if need be?
Please advise.
Thanks in advance.
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You cannot connect to a domain with Home editions of Windows. Proffessional or above is required.

Personally, if you have the requirement to connect to a domain then go for the Professional straight off. It will save you hassle and probably work out cheaper in the long run.
Concerning running the various software, as far as I know, both Express and Developer editions will run just as well on either edition.
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
If you are going to work, use Pro or better. If you are not going to work and just play, Home will suffice until the first time you want to work. In short, do not use Home - it has too many limitations. ... Thinkpads_User
As it's being said, your development environment would work on every edition. As for the other features - you can check: Professional and above are good for domain support and also have XP mode which is basically virtual machine running XP. Not sure how important is it especially keeping in mind freeware virtual box and other solutions.

Unless you really need pro features I would go with home premium and put extra money to upgrades - RAM and SSD if you can afford it. You can always upgrade to pro/ultimate later although it would be more expensive than buying it up front.

And go with 64 bit version!


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With windows 7 you always get 32 and 64 bit DVDs in the box for each edition. I am 99% certain this will also be the case with recovery CDs for OEM versions that come with new PC bundles though of course it may vary depending on manufacturer.
Good point on the XP mode thing though you would need a valid license for the virtual XP I believe.
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