Windows 7 Home Premium review

The best version of Windows 7 for home users

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We didn't have a problem running any of the Windows 7 editions on netbooks, including Ultimate.

And while some manufacturers may shave pricetags by only giving you Windows 7 Start edition, we expect most netbooks to come with Windows 7 Home Premium.

We ran some real-world benchmarks on an Asus Eee PC S101 to see how Windows 7 matched up to Windows XP on low-end hardware. As you will see, Windows 7 is actually quicker in most cases.

Here are the results:

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Mary (Twitter, Google+, website) started her career at Future Publishing, saw the AOL meltdown first hand the first time around when she ran the AOL UK computing channel, and she's been a freelance tech writer for over a decade. She's used every version of Windows and Office released, and every smartphone too, but she's still looking for the perfect tablet. Yes, she really does have USB earrings.