Windows 7 Enterprise is the enterprise-level version of the latest Microsoft operating system. It works best when used in an enterprise environment along with Windows Server 2008 R2. Its enterprise-specific enhancements include simplified remote network access and management, improved virtualization, expanded search capabilities, and better security. This 32-bit version operates on a computer with a 32-bit processor and 32-bit drivers.
This is an upgrade product. To install this operating system, you must have a licenced installation of one of the following operating systems on the device where you are installing the upgrade: Windows Vista Enterprise, Business, or Ultimate; Windows XP Professional or Tablet PC; Windows 2000 Professional; Windows NT Workstation 4.0; or Windows 98. "You cannot upgrade from any Home edition of Windows." Unless you are upgrading from Windows Vista, this installation requires a "clean install." This means that if the computer has an existing operating system, you must remove all operating system files and applications, install the system, and then copy back the files and reinstall the applications. For complete information, see *TechSoup's Windows 7 Upgrade Steps and Checklist.
Windows 7 Enterprise requires significant system resources, as detailed below. It is likely that PCs currently running an operating system older than Windows Vista might not be able to run Windows 7. For a good start on evaluating whether to upgrade, see *TechSoup’s Should You Upgrade to Windows 7?.
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Important Volume Licencing Information: With Windows 7, organisations can choose between two types of volume licence keys for product activation: a Key Management Service (KMS) licence key or a Multiple Activation Key (MAK). Organisations will be provided with a Key Management Service (KMS) key for Windows 7 by default on the Microsoft Volume Licencing website; that is, this is the only type of key an organisation will see unless they request a MAK.
A KMS key requires at least 25 computers on a network for activation. Organisations with fewer than 25 computers should request a MAK from the Volume Licencing website after receiving this product. For information about obtaining a MAK or deciding which type of key to use, see Microsoft's Volume Licencing Product Activation and Key Information.
Acquiring the Installation Media and Licence Key: Installing this product requires installation media and a licence key. Installation media will be shipped to you free of charge.
The licence key allows you to use the installation media to install the product on as many computers as you have received donations for. This quantity is specified in the donation email sent to your organisation email address after your eligibility has been verified and your administrative fee has been received.
• Under the Software Assurance programme, customers acquire the right to install any new release of products covered in the agreement during the term of their coverage.
• Expanded search features allow users to search remote document repositories, SharePoint sites, and web applications in the same way they can search their desktops using the the familiar Windows interface.
• BitLocker Drive Encryption helps protect sensitive data from being accessed by unauthorised users who come into possession of an organisation's computers.
• The DirectAccess feature enhances the productivity of mobile workers by connecting them securely to their corporate network anytime they have Internet access — without the need for VPN. IT administrators can manage mobile computers by updating Group Policy settings and distributing software updates anytime the mobile computer has Internet connectivity
• Energy efficiency features enable IT staff to conserve energy by deploying a power management policy. New diagnostics, Idle Power Management, Active Power Management, and Wake on LAN for Remote Management features help IT professionals identify and resolve PC power management problems.
• 1-GHz (or higher) 32-bit (x86) processor
• 1 GB or more RAM
• 16 GB available hard-disk space
• DirectX 9 graphics device with Windows Display Driver Model (WDDM) 1.0 or later driver
• DVD drive
Additional requirements to use certain features:
• For sound — audio output
• For Windows XP Mode — an additional 1 GB RAM, an additional 15 GB available hard-disk space, and a processor capable of hardware virtualization with Intel VT or AMD-V turned on
• For some Windows Media Center functionality — a TV tuner and additional hardware
• For Windows Touch Technology — touch screen
• For HomeGroup file and printer sharing — networked PCs running Windows 7
• For BitLocker data protection — Trusted Platform Module (TPM) 1.2
• For BitLocker To Go data protection — USB flash drive
Product functionality and appearance might vary with system configuration.
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