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Windows 7 Enterprise Upgrade 64-Bit

Windows 7 Enterprise Upgrade 64-Bit
  • Donor or Provider: Microsoft
  • Platform: Windows
  • Format: Download
  • Product ID: LS-44474
  • Title Group: Windows Desktop Operating Systems
  • Availability: Available

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A newer edition of Windows is available through TechSoup. For help deciding whether to request the latest edition, see TechSoup's Should You Upgrade to Windows 8? Questions to Consider.

Windows 7 Enterprise is the enterprise-level version of the previous 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 64-bit version operates on a computer with a 64-bit processor and 64-bit drivers.

This donation provides one upgrade license for Windows 7 Enterprise. You should request one upgrade license for each computer you are upgrading to Windows 7. If you prefer to upgrade to the Professional edition of Windows 7 instead of the Enterprise edition, you can use this license to download Professional from the Volume Licensing Service Center. See a summary of Volume Licensing Product Use Rights for specific licensing details.

Benefits for Organizations

You should consider requesting Windows 7 Enterprise if:

  • Your organization uses software that is not compatible with Windows 8, the latest edition of Windows
  • You need to upgrade a PC running an older version of Windows, and most of the computers at your organization are already running Windows 7

Upgrade License Only

Only certain editions of the Windows operating system qualify for upgrades under TechSoup's Volume Licensing agreements with Microsoft. See the system requirements to make sure your device qualifies.

If your device doesn't meet the requirements for an upgrade product, you might be eligible for a full operating system license through Microsoft's Get Genuine Windows Agreement for Small and Medium Organizations program.

Major Capabilities

  • All Windows 7 Professional capabilities: Windows 7 Enterprise provides all the capabilities of Windows 7 Professional, including enhanced performance, a simplified interface, expanded search capabilities, and more secure networking.
  • Expanded search: Search remote document repositories, SharePoint sites, and web applications in the same way you can search a desktop using the familiar Windows interface.
  • BitLocker drive encryption: Protect sensitive data from being accessed by unauthorized users who come into possession of your organization's computers.
  • DirectAccess: Mobile workers can connect securely to your organizational 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: Enable your 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.

Service Pack 1

Service Pack 1 includes all previously released security, performance, and stability updates for Windows 7.

Installing Windows 7

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 reinstall the applications. For complete information, see TechSoup's Upgrading to Windows 7: Steps and Checklist.

Windows 7 Enterprise requires significant system resources, as detailed in the system requirements. 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?

Important Volume Licensing Information

With Windows 7, your organization can choose between two types of volume license keys for product activation: a Key Management Service (KMS) license key or a Multiple Activation Key (MAK). A Key Management Service (KMS) key for Windows 7 is available to your organization by default on the Microsoft Volume Licensing website; that is, this is the only type of key you will see unless you request a MAK.

A KMS key requires at least 25 computers on a network for activation. If your organization has fewer than 25 computers, you should request a MAK from the Volume Licensing website after receiving this product. For information about obtaining a MAK or deciding which type of key to use, see TechSoup's Volume Licensing Service Center — Product Keys page.

You have 30 days to complete activation. See Microsoft's Activate Windows 7 on this computer.

Obtaining This Product

Installing this product requires you to download the software from the Microsoft Volume Licensing Service Center (VLSC) and enter a license key. You can download any available version or language for your product. After you download the software, learn how to install it or burn it to a disc for later use.

The license key allows you to install the product on as many computers as you have received licenses for. This quantity is specified in the email you receive from TechSoup after requesting this product.

Expect two emails:

  1. When your donation request has been approved, TechSoup will send a message to your organization email address. This email will confirm the number of licenses you have requested and provide information about how to use the VLSC once Microsoft accepts your license agreement. Make sure the organization email that is registered with TechSoup is up-to-date. Visit My Member Profile and verify the address in your active organization profile.
  2. Microsoft will send an email welcoming your organization to the VLSC. This email will indicate that Microsoft has accepted your license agreement. After you receive this email, you'll be able to follow the steps in the first email you received from TechSoup to obtain your donation through the VLSC.

Software Assurance

Under the Software Assurance program, you have the right to install any new release of products covered in the agreement during the term of your coverage.

System Requirements

  • Software:
    • To install this operating system, you must have a licensed 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
      • Windows 98 SE
    • You cannot upgrade from any Home edition of Windows.
  • Hardware:
    • 1-GHz (or higher) 64-bit (x64) processor
    • 2 GB or more RAM
    • 20 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.

    Rules, Eligibility and Restrictions

    • This donation is available to nonprofits with 501(c)(3) designation and to public libraries.
    • The Microsoft Donation Program serves nonprofit organizations whose mission benefits the local community. Among these organizations are the following types, which have recently had changes to their eligibility:
      • Health services and related activities that are independent and not owned and operated by organizations that are eligible for Microsoft Government, Academic, or Health programs. These include community health clinics, medical research groups, behavioral healthcare nonprofits, women's health centers, hospices, rescue and emergency services, organizations that support patients and their families, and blood banks.
      • Trade associations with activities that benefit nonmembers.
      • Amateur sports organizations, specifically youth sports clubs, teams, or groups.
      • Private grantmaking foundations that receive the majority of assets or income from an individual, family, or corporation.
      • Museums.
      • Religious or faith-based organizations.
    • Public libraries must either have valid 501(c)(3) nonprofit status or be listed in the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) database. Public libraries may request Microsoft software donations through this program only for use on public access computers or on computers that are used to directly manage either the public access computers or the library's public access program. Participating libraries must also make their collection and basic services available to the population of their legal service area without charges to individual users (excluding incidental fees such as printing charges). If they so choose, libraries may impose charges on users outside the legal service area and may provide products and services (beyond basic services) to the public at large, with or without individual charges.
    • Organizations that are not eligible: Not all 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations are eligible for participation in the Microsoft Donation Program. Those that are not eligible should visit Microsoft Volume Licensing for Industries for more information about charity licensing; they may still be eligible for discounted software from Microsoft. The following types of organizations are ineligible for Microsoft software donations:
      • Governmental organizations or agencies.
      • Educational institutions, including K-12 schools, colleges, universities, and trade schools.
      • Healthcare organizations and networks, including hospitals, specialty networks, ambulatory healthcare services, home healthcare and assisted living healthcare organizations, health research organizations, and laboratories.
      • Political, labor, and fraternal organizations; commerce and trade associations without charitable aims or activities that benefit nonmembers; sponsorships of events, tables, exhibitions, or performances; fundraising events such as luncheons, dinners, walks, runs, or sports tournaments.
      • Refurbishers that will be installing the donated software on refurbished computers to be distributed or donated to nonprofits or schools. Please visit the Registered Refurbisher Program.
      • Nonpublic libraries, including private libraries, school libraries, specialty libraries, armed forces libraries, and libraries in government agencies.
    • Organizations that engage in discrimination in hiring, compensation, access to training or services, promotion, termination, or retirement on the basis of race, color, sex, national origin, religion, age, disability, gender identity or expression, marital status, pregnancy, sexual orientation, political affiliation, union membership, or veteran status, other than as allowed by law, are not eligible to participate in this program.
    • Eligible organizations receive an allotment of Microsoft software donation requests that is reset every two years. An organization's two-year cycle begins with its first donation request after July 27, 2011. After two years, a new cycle begins, and a new allotment available. The organization does not need to request the full amount of its allotment. There is no limit to the number of separate requests the organization can make and no minimum quantity requirement.
    • During its two-year cycle, an organization can request products from up to 10 title groups. For title groups that contain applications that run on an individual computer (like a desktop or laptop PC), there is a 50-license maximum. For title groups that contain client access licenses or other licenses that provide for connection to or management of a server, there is also a 50-license maximum. For server products, there is a five-product maximum, regardless of title group. For further details, see Quantity and Frequency of Microsoft Requests on the Microsoft Donation Program — Eligibility and Allotments page.
    • Microsoft products may not be transferred between separate legal entities or resold. Additionally, Microsoft products may not be installed on computers that will be given to or sold to other organizations or individuals, even as part of a charitable program.
    • Donated product will be distributed under this program to qualifying organizations and libraries only, not to individuals.