A common question among business owners is whether or not they truly need the features in the Windows 7 Professional operating system. There are charts available that compare the versions on a technical level, but many of them leave the end-users scratching their heads. Here are some of the advantages of Professional vs. Home.
Windows 7 Professional allows for EFS, or “Encrypting File System”. This allows you to encrypt a folder or a file so that its access can be linked to your specific user credentials. Although there are 3rd party solutions to encryption, many of them require extra steps and passwords, and generally do not allow the files to be “worked on” while encrypted. Windows 7 Professional’s encryption solution is built into the operating system, streamlining the protection of vital documents.
The Windows 7 Backup program is an easy way to schedule regular backups of your PC’s, and is available on both Home and Professional versions. What the Professional version offers, however, is the ability to back your PC data up on the network. This is useful when you have a server hosting your business data. By scheduling off-hours backups of your PC data, such as Quickbooks or other vital software, the server can be your centralized data storage area. By doing this, you can now perform just one set of local backups, and keep your cloud backups working on just one location.
A Windows Domain is a useful network configuration which allows centralized user management and security protocols managed by a Windows Server. Read more about Domains in our post “Home Networks vs. Business Networks”. Domain functionality is limited to Professional operating systems, and is a vital piece of the puzzle for creating a truly secure network.
Other Features of Windows 7 Professional
Although the 3 features listed above are the most useful features of the Professional OS, here are a few extra benefits:
- Support for up to 192 GB of RAM
- Connecting to a network projector
- Windows XP mode
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