Originally Posted by Phillip Dyson
I would be curious to know what features prompted the Pro decision. The 3 differences checked in the comparison box were nebulous at best.
I'm not the one you were asking, but I bought the pro version and so can answer for myself. There were three features that were useful to me that are in Pro but not Home.
1. Remote Desktop. I don't use it all the time, but I do use it sometimes when I travel. I'll set it up before I leave and can then access my full system from an Internet Cafe. Yeah, there are still places in the world where you can't get Internet in your hotel room and so you have to go that route.
2. The XP Virtual Machine is supported in Pro but not Home. I know I could work it all out myself with a free solution from elsewhere, but I like the idea of having them have it all set up for me. (I still have to download it, but I don't have to learn all about virtual machines, set up separate partitions, etc.)
3. Presentation mode is only on Pro and not on Home. That's very useful to me, though I know it wouldn't be to some others.
Those three things are worth an extra $50 to me.
On the discussion about Ultimate, from the best I can tell from web sites about the different versions, there is really no reason why anyone outside of an enterprise should even want it. The extra features over Pro are really obscure and there is nothing like the Vista so-called Extras. It's effectively the same as the Enterprise version, but licensed to individuals. I can't see why anyone not trying to lock down a company's computer systems would want it.