Limitations of Windows Home Editions
A while back, one of our customers needed to access their SQL server from a workstation using the command-line utility. Unfortunately, the workstation was running Windows 7 Home edition.
The difference between Windows 7 Home and Windows 7 Professional editions, while not being obvious to most users, can have a big impact. In this case, the SQL command-line utility was not installing, as Home edition will only allow the installation of SQL Developer edition. By upgrading to Windows 7 Professional edition, it was possible to install the command-line utility from the SQL SSE edition, instead of having to buy SQL Developer edition.
Another limitation that can have a big impact, is that Windows 7 Home edition does not allow your support personnel to connect via remote desktop. That means that your support personnel can not run the computer remotely, which can be a very big help in resolving issues.
There are other limitations, also, but those are the two that have had a big impact with our customers. The bottom line is that in your business network, you will do yourself a big favor by installing the Professional editions of Windows, and leave the Home edition, as the name says, at home.