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Installing Windows 7 – Part 1

Scenario : You have  heard a lot about Windows 7 and want to try it.

Solution :

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 :

Architecture 32-bit 64-bit
Processor 1 GHz 32-bit processor 1 GHz 64-bit processor
Memory (RAM) 1GB 2GB
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)

Then head over to microsoft to buy it, but if you just want to evaluate it, go to evalcenter or you can always use torrents.

In the next post, we will talk about different activation techniques….till then….Stay Sharp…

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