What are the different editions of Windows 7 available for business users? There is an edition of Windows 7 designed to meet the needs of every organization, from a small business to a multinational enterprise: Windows 7 Professional: Designed for small and midsize organizations, Windows 7 Professional provides a PC experience you can depend on, helps you get more done, and helps safeguard your work. It is available as an upgrade license through Volume Licensing (Windows 7 Professional is the successor to Windows Vista Business). For more information, visit the Windows for Small and Midsize Business page. Windows 7 Enterprise: Designed for enterprises and businesses that want to optimize their desktop IT infrastructure, Windows 7 Enterprise will help make users productive anywhere, enhance security and control, and streamline PC management. It is available with Software Assurance for Windows. For more information, visit the Windows Licensing Enterprise Desktop Solutions page. Additional technologies and licensing options that complement Windows: Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack (MDOP) for Software Assurance: A suite of six client virtualization, management, and deployment technologies that help reduce the total cost of ownership, increase desktop manageability, and improve overall infrastructure satisfaction. It is available as a subscription to Software Assurance customers. Windows Virtual Enterprise Centralized Desktop (VECD): A licensing option that lets you use business versions of Windows in both centralized and virtualization scenarios. It is available as a subscription license through Volume Licensing. Which operating systems qualify for the purchase of the Windows 7 Professional Upgrade License? Windows licenses available through Volume Licensing are upgrade-only licenses. They do not replace purchasing the initial Windows licenses for software that is preinstalled on new PCs. Each desktop that runs the Windows 7 upgrade must first be licensed to run one of the qualifying operating systems identified belowÃ¢â‚¬â€otherwise the PC will not have a valid, legal Windows license. If you do not have a pre-existing license for a genuine, qualifying operating system (OS) on your PC, visit the Microsoft Legalization Solutions Web site. Each of these conditions must be met for a base PC to be eligible for an upgrade license: Software under the qualifying OS license must already be installed on the device that will be assigned the Volume Licensing upgrade. See the Operating Systems that Qualify for a Windows 7 Professional Volume Licensing Upgrade License chart for details. To deploy the Volume Licensing upgrade license, you must remove the existing qualifying OS from the device, unless the PC is covered by Software Assurance. If you want to install or run more than one licensed OS at one time (including the qualifying OS), you can either: Acquire Software Assurance for your Volume Licensing upgrade license. Purchase full Windows 7 licenses separately. As a Volume Licensing customer still using Windows XP, IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve heard that activation for Windows 7 products is different. What do I need to know? Windows product activation is a set of technologies that enable customers to confirm that their copy of Windows is properly licensed. Product activation is required for all editions of Windows 7. Volume Activation allows enterprise customers to automate the activation process and make it transparent to users. Volume Activation applies to computers that are covered under a Volume Licensing program, and for customers who are using Volume Licensing media that were introduced with Windows Vista and have now been enhanced in Windows 7. It is used strictly as a tool for activation, and it is not tied to license invoicing or billing. Volume Activation provides two models for completing activations: Key Management Service (KMS) and Multiple Activation Key (MAK). KMS lets organizations activate computers in an IT environment through an internally hosted service. MAK activates computers on a one-time basis by using the hosted activation services provided by Microsoft. You can use either or both key types to activate computers in your IT environment.
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