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.
- 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:
- 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.
- 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.
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.