Windows 7 Overview

An overview of the Windows 7 operating system.

Editions


STARTER HOME BASIC HOME PREMIUM PROFESSIONAL

ENTERPRISE/
ULTIMATE
These two editions have identical feature sets.

Availability Sold only with new PCs Available only to emerging markets Retail Retail Enterprise is available to
volume-license customers only;
Ultimate is available via
Retail and OEM channels
32-bit & 64-bit Versions 32-bit only Both Both Both Both
Maximum Physical Memory 4 GB 8 GB 16 GB 192 GB 192 GB
Home Group (Create & Join) Join only Join only Both Both Both
Multiple Monitors Feature not included. Feature included. Feature included. Feature included. Feature included.
Fast User Switching Feature not included. Feature included. Feature included. Feature included. Feature included.
Desktop Window Manager Feature not included. Feature included. Feature included. Feature included. Feature included.
Windows Mobility Manager Feature not included. Feature included. Feature included. Feature included. Feature included.
Windows Aero Feature not included. Partial Feature included. Feature included. Feature included.
Multi-Touch Feature not included. Feature not included. Feature included. Feature included. Feature included.
Premium Games Included Feature not included. Feature not included. Feature included. Feature included. Feature included.
Windows Media Center Feature not included. Feature not included. Feature included. Feature included. Feature included.
Backup & Restore Center Manual to local HDD only Manual to local HDD only Manual to local HDD only Feature included. Feature included.
Encrypting File System Feature not included. Feature not included. Feature not included. Feature included. Feature included.
Location Aware Printing Feature not included. Feature not included. Feature not included. Feature included. Feature included.
Remote Desktop Host Feature not included. Feature not included. Feature not included. Feature included. Feature included.
Presentation Mode Feature not included. Feature not included. Feature not included. Feature included. Feature included.
Windows Server domain joining Feature not included. Feature not included. Feature not included. Feature included. Feature included.
Windows Virtual PC & XP Mode Feature not included. Virtual PC only Virtual PC only Feature included. Feature included.
AppLocker Feature not included. Feature not included. Feature not included. Feature not included. Feature included.
BitLocker Drive Encryption Feature not included. Feature not included. Feature not included. Feature not included. Feature included.
BranchCache Distributed Cache Feature not included. Feature not included. Feature not included. Feature not included. Feature included.
DirectAccess Feature not included. Feature not included. Feature not included. Feature not included. Feature included.
Subsystem for Unix-based Applications Feature not included. Feature not included. Feature not included. Feature not included. Feature included.
Multilingual User Interface Pack Feature not included. Feature not included. Feature not included. Feature not included. Feature included.
Virtual Hard Disk Booting Feature not included. Feature not included. Feature not included. Feature not included. Feature included.

Personal Purchases (Faculty, Staff, and Students)

Microsoft no longer offers Windows 7 licenses, but they can be purchased from third party vendors like amazon.com

Departmental Purchases

All campus-owned computers can be upgraded to the Enterprise edition of Windows 7 under the terms of our current Microsoft Desktop Campus Agreement. Windows 7 installation media is available in the Campus Software Library.

Microsoft has not announced any changes to Volume Activation 2.0 for Windows 7. Windows 7 will use KMS activation instead of the MAK activation used with departmental Vista installations. Installations performed with the Windows 7 media sold to UW-Madison departments will automatically be directed to activate against UW-Madison's KMS server. No manual entry of a key is required.

Computers that do not connect to the UW network at least every 6 months will still need to use MAK activation or WiscVPN. If you need the MAK to activate windows, Get Help from DoIT.

Neither WISC nor the Tech Store will sell Windows 7 Enterprise to non-UW-Madison campuses because of limitations inherent in Microsoft's Volume Activation 2.0: The servers used for KMS activation must be available only to each campus' computers; and each campus has its own Multiple Activation Key (MAK) with a limited number of installations.

Upgrade Compatibility

This refers to installation method, not licensing limitations.

You can upgrade from Windows Vista Home Basic to:

  • Windows 7 Home Basic
  • Windows 7 Home Premium
  • Windows 7 Ultimate

You can upgrade from Windows Vista Home Premium to:

  • Windows 7 Home Premium
  • Windows 7 Ultimate

You can upgrade from Windows Vista Business to:

  • Windows 7 Professional
  • Windows 7 Enterprise
  • Windows 7 Ultimate

You can upgrade from Windows Vista Enterprise to:

  • Windows 7 Enterprise

You can upgrade from Windows Vista Ultimate to:

  • Windows 7 Ultimate

You can not perform an upgrade install in the following circumstances:

  • From any version of Windows XP to any version of Windows 7.
  • From any 32-bit version of Windows Vista to any 64-bit version of Windows 7.
  • From any 64-bit version of Windows Vista to any 32-bit version of Windows 7.
  • From any commercial version of Windows Vista to any academic version of Windows 7.
  • From any academic version of Windows Vista to any commercial version of Windows 7.
  • From one foreign language version to a different foreign language version.

Note that if you cannot upgrade your existing operating system to Windows 7, you should still be able to do a clean install.




Keywords:Windows 7 Seven Overview Microsoft   Doc ID:10004
Owner:Karl W.Group:DoIT Tech Store
Created:2009-05-21 19:00 CDTUpdated:2016-05-01 12:49 CDT
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