Windows 7 Home vs Professional

I have a customer with 4 computers – 3 windows 7 home premium and 1 vista home premium

They are sharing files and printers; primary share of a Sage ACT database from 1 win 7 home workstation.

The problem is they a constantly locking up and freezing, results in constantly rebooting.

 My question:
Will it be justified to upgrade all stations to Windows 7 Professional?
OR ADD
One more computer with windows 7 pro as a server to hold the database and files and shares 1 USB printer.

Gerry
glaurinAsked:
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JohnConnect With a Mentor Business Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Windows Home was never meant for this, and they probably have file sharing set up by HomeGroup or browsing. I prefer properly mapped drives for this. What may be happening is that the file sharing connection is being lost, losing the connection to Sage.

Yes, I think you should upgrade to Pro. Vista is orphaned, so perhaps upgrade that machine to Window 7 Pro.

Start with your idea of adding one Windows 7 Pro computer to work as the server.

Set up connections to it with mapped drives (NET USE X: \\server\share.

Assuming that works (it should), you have an additional computer, so take the Visa machine out of service and begin the process up upgrading the Home machines to Pro.

Check all machines for viruses first, in case the users have been careless and let malware in.

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Jaroslav MrazCTOCommented:
Hi,

Windows home have limit to maximum 5simultal conections. You can try one pro it will work.
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rindiCommented:
The locking up and freezing must be die to some other reason. It definitely has nothing to do with Windows 7 Home Premium. On that OS you can have a maximum of 20 concurrent connections (apart from that having more connections wouldn't cause freezes or reboots). Besides, also Windows 7 pro has the same limitations in respect to the maximum number of connections. One of the main differences of pro and home is that you can add Pro to an Active Directory Domain, which you can't with home. But to use a domain you would also need a real server OS from m$.

So you really should troubleshoot for other reasons why the systems lookup, like bad hardware, overheating, malware unpatched software etc.).
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glaurinAuthor Commented:
Thank You Thinkpad_user
It's great to get a 2nd opinion to confirm that I am going down the right track.
Gerry
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
@glaurin - Thanks for the update and I was happy to help.

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