Windows 7 Home Premium beta released to testers

A trusted source has indicated that Microsoft has released Windows 7 Home Premium beta to a select group of 1000 users to get a firsthand look at the next major release of Windows.

The Home Premium beta comes listed with an assortment of features, few less than the public release of Windows 7 due on Friday to everybody, mentioned in tonight's annual CES keynote.

The Home Premium is a perfect suit for home users, with a cheaper price tag, compared with Vista Home Premium, to Vista Ultimate, and a few less built in programs, that are only available to the full version. The upgrade program, also available to users who wish to upgrade from Home Premium, is the main focus of this specialised Beta

Windows 7 is to be the next major release of its operating system, Windows. No official release date has been set for Windows 7, but many speculate to see it as early as the 2009 holiday season. The build version matches that of the Public Windows 7 beta, Windows 7 Beta Build 6.1.7000

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The programs are done, monetized, and delivered on the DVD. All your arguments fall away when you realize that this is SOFTWARE bits, not tangible manufactured goods.

There should be ONE version, with all the features that make the new release NEW, and then marketing should find the RIGHT prices for retail vs. OEM and upgrade vs. new license.

Right now, OEMs spend a fraction of retail, and yet this is where MS makes the vast majority of its money (very few licenses are sold retail).

With Windows 7 proving to be competitive to Windows XP, this is the opportunity for MS to switch EVERYBODY over to the Vista kernel codebase, which benefits the entire computing chain from end-user to support to OEM to MS.

excalpius said,
The programs are done, monetized, and delivered on the DVD. All your arguments fall away when you realize that this is SOFTWARE bits, not tangible manufactured goods.

There should be ONE version, with all the features that make the new release NEW, and then marketing should find the RIGHT prices for retail vs. OEM and upgrade vs. new license.

Right now, OEMs spend a fraction of retail, and yet this is where MS makes the vast majority of its money (very few licenses are sold retail).

With Windows 7 proving to be competitive to Windows XP, this is the opportunity for MS to switch EVERYBODY over to the Vista kernel codebase, which benefits the entire computing chain from end-user to support to OEM to MS.

The fact that it's all included on one DVD is irrelevent. It's done that way for convenience and to reduce the cost of producing the DVDs. Remember the DVD is just the distribution method for the product you have purchased, not the actual product itself.

You seem to forget that when you buy software (in this case, Windows). you don't own the data on the DVD. You have bought a license to run the parts of Windows that you have purchased. The fact that the components you haven't purchased are also on the same DVD is completely and utterly irrelevant as they doesn't belong to you. It seems you are unable to grasp this simple concept.

TCLN Ryster said,
It seems you are unable to grasp this simple concept.

No, you seem unable to grasp that this isn't what I am talking about at all. You keep going off on the MBA 101 line of thinking as if you were a marketing droid defending Microsoft's ADMITTED (since they've now undone the Vista segmentation insanity) mistake.

I'm just taking this to its logical conclusion, which just happens to be the way EVERY OTHER OS VENDOR ON EARTH has always done it. One version. One price. No confusion. No artificial segmentation via forced gimping of the full OS just to slot into tiers.

If every other OS vendor can do it, so can MS.

excalpius said,
I'm just taking this to its logical conclusion, which just happens to be the way EVERY OTHER OS VENDOR ON EARTH has always done it. One version. One price. No confusion. No artificial segmentation via forced gimping of the full OS just to slot into tiers.

If every other OS vendor can do it, so can MS.

I think its a bit tricky for Microsoft to do something like this because they know they can make a profit from the 'different versions' of the OS. I'm not defending them but why would they do otherwise if this is the case? I'm sure their team thought out the possibilities both ways.

However - imagine how easy things would be if there was just one release of WINDOWS 7

What a way to rip off the testers. Pirates get the ultimate goodness weeks ago and REAL testers get a garbage gimped sku. WOW.

Steven77 said,
What a way to rip off the testers. Pirates get the ultimate goodness weeks ago and REAL testers get a garbage gimped sku. WOW.

Er, testers are not there to wonder at the awesomeness of a program. They are there to TEST whatever needs to be tested.

In this case, Home Premium.

Steven77 said,
What a way to rip off the testers. Pirates get the ultimate goodness weeks ago and REAL testers get a garbage gimped sku. WOW.

The ignorance in your post is mind boggling. All testers got Ultimate. Some got Home Premium as well as Ultimate.

LTD said,
So is it that MS will have those Home/Premium etc. versions again? Sorry, but I barely understood the article.

Apparently so sir. As for the exact names.. not so sure yet.

Testers actually got Windows 7 Ultimate edition last night...

The images they got where
7000.0.081212-1400_client_en-us_Ultimate-GB1CULXFRE_EN_DVD.iso
and
7000.0.081212-1400_client_en-us_Ultimate-GB1CULFRE_EN_DVD.iso

Its funny ... On the DVD check in the sources folder for a file names ei.cfg it contains by default ultimate as the EditionID

For that home premium beta they just change it for HomePremium

Here is the list of available edition: Business, Enterprise, Homebasic, Homepremium, Starter, Ultimate

Before burning the DVD you can either edit that file or just remove it and it will ask you what you want to install

gonzo68 said,
Its funny ... On the DVD check in the sources folder for a file names ei.cfg it contains by default ultimate as the EditionID

For that home premium beta they just change it for HomePremium

Here is the list of available edition: Business, Enterprise, Homebasic, Homepremium, Starter, Ultimate

Before burning the DVD you can either edit that file or just remove it and it will ask you what you want to install


What's the difference between Starter and Home Basic??

I got no clue concerning starter, i was just listing the different edition listed on the dvd, i did not test anything other than ultimate yet

Kirkburn said,
Starter is for emerging markets: see details in relation to Vista - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_Vista...sonal_computers

Unless you're in those markets, you're very unlikely to ever see it.

I read the little blurb about Starter. So is it to curb piracy? Because it seems users (many of them perhaps poor or with a lower standard of living) in these "emerging markets" will be denied full access to features with this edition.

LTD said,
I read the little blurb about Starter. So is it to curb piracy? Because it seems users (many of them perhaps poor or with a lower standard of living) in these "emerging markets" will be denied full access to features with this edition.

They aren't going to have much use for much of them, and may not have powerful enough PCs to run everything.

I got a copy of Vista Business from the Power Together offer when it launched and then "upgraded" to Ultimate after I got it from a MS tech event.

Gotta say I really don't use much of the Ultimate stuff, I should have stuck with Business to cut the bloat out. Oh well, what can you do. I wanted to see what Ultimate had and I have, now I can make a more informed choice for Win7.

I am excited by the prospect that Win7 will run better on older hardware than Vista did/does.

I have a proposal for rectifying the quazi-fraud that was Vista Ultimate Extras: Windows 7 Ultimate should be the next, and final, Vista Ultimate Extra.

Hahaha CLASSIC idea. Yes, a free upgrade to Windows 7 would appease the ripped off greatly I think...and it's about the right price differential.

I Downloaded Windows 7 From MSDN Subscriber Downloads Last Night Over Night U.S.A. Time Zone And It Was The Ultimate Edition Version And Not The Home Premium Edition, Just FYI. I Installed It As An Upgrade On Top Of Windows Vista Ultimate X64 Edition, Also Just FYI.

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