Installing Windows 7 – Part 1
Scenario : You have heard a lot about Windows 7 and want to try it.
First decide which edition you would like to try. The available options are :
Windows 7 Starter
Windows 7 Starter is the edition of Windows 7 that contains the fewest features. The Aero theme is not included in this version. The desktop wallpaper, and Visual Style (Windows 7 Basic) is also not user-changeable. It also doesn’t support .NET Framework.
Windows 7 Home Basic
Some Aero options are excluded along with several new features. Home Basic, along with other editions sold in emerging markets, include geographical activation restriction, which requires users to activate Windows within a certain region or country.
Windows 7 Home Premium
This edition contains features such as Windows Media Center, Windows Aero and multi-touch support.
Windows 7 Professional
This edition is targeted towards enthusiasts and small business users. It includes all the features of Windows 7 Home Premium, and adds the ability to participate in a Windows Server domain. Additional features include operating as a Remote Desktop server, location aware printing, Encrypting File System, Presentation Mode, Software Restriction Policies (but not the extra management features of AppLocker) and Windows XP Mode. Microsoft will support this edition until 2020.
Windows 7 Enterprise
This edition targets the enterprise segment of the market and is sold through volume licensing to companies which have a Software Assurance contract with Microsoft. Additional features include support forMultilingual User Interface (MUI) packages, BitLocker Drive Encryption, and UNIX application support. Microsoft will support this edition until 2020.
Windows 7 Ultimate
Windows 7 Ultimate contains all of the same features as Windows 7 Enterprise, but unlike the Enterprise edition, it is available to home users on an individual license basis. Windows 7 Home Premium and Windows 7 Professional users are able to upgrade to Windows 7 Ultimate for a fee using Windows Anytime Upgrade if they wish to do so. Microsoft will only support Ultimate until 2015, as per Home Premium.
see here for a more comprehensive comparison : http://www.winsupersite.com/win7/win7_skus_compare.asp
Also keep in mind the hardware requirements :
|Processor||1 GHz 32-bit processor||1 GHz 64-bit processor|
|Graphics Card||DirectX 9 graphics processor with WDDM driver model 1.0 (For Aero)|
|HDD free space||16 GB of free disk space||20 GB of free disk space|
|Optical drive||DVD drive (only to install from DVD/CD Media)|
In the next post, we will talk about different activation techniques….till then….Stay Sharp…