Steps To Upgrade Your Windows 7 Pro Edition To Windows 7 Enterprise Edition

Windows Anytime Upgrade

           Features Of Windows 7

When Microsoft releases a new operating system, it would have different versions intended for various sections of people. Windows 7 was no different and it came with versions like Windows 7 Starter, Windows 7 Home Basic, Windows 7 Home Premium, Windows 7 Professional, Windows 7 Enterprise and Windows 7 Ultimate. Here, the Starter version of the program comes with the minimum features and then the Home Basic. Windows 7 Ultimate has the most features among all other versions.

You can easily upgrade from one version of the program to another version with a few simple steps. This will help you to experience enhanced features found in the more premium versions. If you are using a Windows 7 Professional edition, you can upgrade it to the Windows 7 Enterprise edition, which is ideal for the corporate environment. Windows 7 Enterprise comes with numerous security features that are ideal for the corporate users. It also comes with better techniques for network connectivity. Some of the features exclusive to Windows 7 Enterprise are SharePoint, Direct Access etc. SharePoint is intended to improve the business communications while Direct Access helps users to work on the computers remotely.

So, how can you upgrade to Windows 7 Enterprise from Windows 7 Professional edition? In this post, we will take you through the steps involved in this process.

Steps Involved

Before you initiate the upgrade, purchase a license key for the Windows 7 Enterprise edition from Microsoft and then follow the steps below.

  • Open the Start menu in your operating system by clicking the Windows logo key in the keyboard.
  • In the Search field of the Start button, type Windows Anytime Upgrade. The search result will show up the tool for upgrading the operating system. Hit the Enter key and this launches the tool for upgrading the Windows 7 version.
  • Choose the option for Windows Anytime Upgrade.

    Windows 7 Ultimate

               Windows 7 Upgrade

  • Click the option Enter an Upgrade Key. This will show up a field where you should enter the license key for the Windows 7 Enterprise edition.
  • Choose the button Next. This step will verify if the key entered by you is valid. This might take a few minutes.
  • Once your key is validated, restart the computer.
  • After the restart, you would be on the window for the Windows 7 Enterprise Edition.

With the above steps, you can upgrade your Windows 7 Professional edition to Windows 7 Enterprise edition. For further assistance on this issue, you may contact our technical support team.

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Microsoft Tablet Surface Pro 3 Finally Launched!

Windows 8 Milestone

Windows 8 Powered Surface Tablet By Microsoft

Microsoft proudly revealed its new tablet, Microsoft Surface Pro 3, during a special event in New York. “The thinnest core product ever” is just 9.1 mm thick and weighs approximately 800 gms, which makes it lighter than Apple’s iPad and iPad mini combined.

Microsoft current CEO Satya Nadella himself with Surface team head Panos Panjay in tow unveiled the 12in, 2160×1440 resolution screen tablet. This tablet would be 1.4 inches larger than Surface Pro 2. Since the tablet is designed by Microsoft itself, it is optimized for Windows 8 and features a perfect 3:2 aspect ratio that displays 6% more content on the screen than the MacBook Pro!

The tablet is available with Intel core i3, i5 and i7 processors, which easily makes it the fastest and the most powerful tablet Microsoft has ever produced up to this date. Microsoft released this tablet as a replacement for laptops and the features sure seem to exceed every other tablet released by its rival companies. Apart from the high speed processors, the Surface Pro 3 has two cameras, one on front, one at rear and features Dolby surround speakers under its hood.

Do not be tricked into thinking the battery backup won’t be upto mark because this tablet features 15% to 20% more battery life when compared to its predecessors, the Surface Pro 2. Panjay demonstrated the sturdiness of the tablet by dropping it on the screen without any damage to the screen or the tablet.

Type Cover

Most Powerful Windows 8 Powered Tablet Recently Revealed

The Surface Pro 3 tablet will also feature a new docking station that boasts three USB 3 ports, two USB 2 ports and Gigabit Ethernet and supports resolutions up to 3,840 x 2,600. This device is not available for purchase as of now but is expected to cost $199.99 once the device hits the market. Apart from the docking station, Surface Pro 3 will also support a Type Cover, a trackpad for individual purchase that is 68% bigger than its predecessor is. All these features have been seamlessly integrated with Microsoft creating a new Windows 8 milestone.

Microsoft did not disappoint its users by introducing a Surface Pen which has the weight and feel of pen and is lot more than a standard stylus. Using this pen, you can make notes on any documents using the cloud-synced Final Draft program and collaborate in real time with others. Not only this, The Surface Pen has a science fiction appeal to it by using it to make notes in OneNote straight away even when the Surface tablet is off at the time! A new Windows 8 milestone that has never before been achieved!

Microsoft has presently released this tablet only in certain markets. As of now, it remains to be seen how the customers would react to this new tablet.

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Microsoft Support For Windows 7 To Be Lifted In 2015

Windows 7 Support

          Windows 7 OS

The end of Microsoft’s support for Windows XP made big news recently. Although Microsoft was kind to support XP for about 13 years, people were disheartened when the tech giant lifted the support for the OS. Countries like China sent out their sharp criticism against Microsoft’s unkind decision to stop supporting XP, which still accounts for about 24 percent of the total Windows market share.

In fact, Microsoft’s intention behind lifting XP support was to concentrate its full marketing efforts towards the recently released Windows 8 operating systems. Microsoft encourages every Windows XP user to migrate to Windows 8 even though there are two operating systems, Windows Vista and Windows 7, for folks to choose to upgrade to.  It is reported that Windows Vista support is about to be expired soon. What about Windows 7 support? How long is Microsoft planning to support Windows 7?

If Microsoft strictly follows its support policy, that is five years of mainstream support for an operating system from the release date and five years of extended support thereafter, it will end mainstream support for Windows 7 in 2015. Microsoft hasn’t hitherto made any amendments to its mainstream support policy, although it has provided relaxation on the extended support for operating systems like Windows XP. Therefore, there is no reason to hope that Microsoft would relax on its mainstream support for Windows 7, even though the operating system holds about 51.56 percent of the total Windows market share.

What would end of mainstream Windows 7 support mean?

Migrate To Windows 8

               Windows 7 Features

During the mainstream support period, users are eligible to receive free security updates, patch fixes, warranty for the OS and free technical support. Although free security updates and patch fixes are rolled out during the extended support period, users can’t claim any warranty coverage during the period. Moreover, there is no free technical support offered during the extended support period. Users are allowed to contact Windows 7 support desk for technical support during the extended support period. But, a small amount will be charged for troubleshooting issues.

If you are using Windows 7 in your PC and are worried about the imminent end of mainstream support for the operating system, don’t worry. You can continue to use your Windows 7 machine without any major problems. As there is no free technical support during the extended support period, be wise while using your PC. Make sure that you avoid all the chances where your PC could potentially get corrupted.

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Major Milestones In The Development Of Windows 8

Windows 8 Milestone

              Windows 8 OS

Windows 8 is Microsoft’s next generation operating system. Sources privy to Microsoft indicate that the software developing team of Microsoft started working on the new operating system immediately after the release of Windows 7. Certainly, the fate of Windows 8 has badly impacted the tech giant which spent years to improve Windows 8 features. Here are the Windows 8 milestones, analysing which, you will get a clear picture about the different stages of development of Windows 8 operating system.

Windows 8 Milestone 1 (MI)

Microsoft released Windows 8 to the public in October 2012. But the Windows 8 Milestone 1 was released in October 2010, exactly two years prior to the final release date. M1 or Milestone One was pretty secret. In fact, the general public got the idea about this milestone when Microsoft released the preview along with details of the various Windows 8 milestones.

M2 Beta 1

A few months after the release of Milestone 1, Microsoft released M2 Beta 1. Like M1, the particular Milestone was also restricted to confidential users and testers. If M1 was released to internal testers, M2 Beta 1 was released to a few external testers. However, they were strictly directed not to divulge any details of the version to the public or any media. M2 Beta 1 also sports a speciality as the first Microsoft beta state version to be restricted from the notice of public.

M3 (Milestone 3)

Another remarkable milestone to be marked in Microsoft’s chronicles of Windows 8 development is M3 or Milestone 3. M3 was released in two different versions- builds 7955 and Build7959. Unlike the previous milestones, M3 sported most features that you would see in the final Window 8 features.

Windows 8 Pre-beta (Build 8102) Developer Preview

The pre-beta version or developer preview of Windows 8 was released in September 2011, about one year prior to the release of Windows 8 final version. The particular version aimed at encouraging experts to rate the operating system.

Windows 8 Pre-Beta

                  Windows 8 Support

Windows 8 beta version (M4)

The beta version of Windows 8 was released in August 2012, two months before the final release date. The beta version was made available to the public. The public were asked to rate the beta version.

Windows 8 Final version

The final version of Windows 8 was released in the month of October 2012. Although Microsoft had promised that it would reverse the less impressive features found in the beta version when the final version is released, it didn’t include any remarkable changes.

We have to wait and see what Microsoft will offer next in its operating system series that may help recover the name it lost with the release of Windows 8.

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Windows Anytime Upgrade And How To Do It!

Windows Anytime Upgrade

Upgrading Windows 7

Windows Anytime Upgrade is a simple process to upgrade your operating system to a higher edition. If you own a non-Ultimate edition of either Windows Vista or Windows 7, you can use this feature to upgrade at the touch of a button. Once you have purchased the key, either online or through a retail store, the upgrade takes barely 10 minutes and does not require installation of the entire operating system.

Presently, there are three upgrade paths available both online and in retail stores.

  • Windows 7 Starter to Windows Home Premium
  • Windows 7 Home Premium to Windows 7 Professional
  • Windows 7 Home Premium to Windows 7 Ultimate

However, do not blindly upgrade believing it would result in an improvement of the existing operating system. Look through the features of every version and decide which upgrade you want. Some upgrades will only enable a certain feature and will not bring in any further benefits.  Once you have decided which upgrade you want, follow these procedures to upgrade your system.

  • Open the Start menu of your Windows 7 powered system by clicking on the Start icon that is situated at the bottom left corner of your screen. Inside the menu, search and click Windows Anytime Upgrade.
  • A new window will pop up where you will be given two options to upgrade your system. You can either purchase the WAU product key online or enter the product key you purchased from a retail store. The upgrade method is totally at your discretion since both will cost you the same amount.
  • Once you have bought and received your WAU product key, type it in the required field and hit Enter.

    Windows 7 Ultimate

    Using Windows Anytime Upgrade

  • Before the Upgrade is installed in your system, you will be prompted the License Agreement. Read it and accept the terms to continue.
  • You will be prompted to save all unsaved work and close every running application. Once you do this, the entire installation process will take roughly 10 to 15 minutes.
  • Once the Upgrade is downloaded and installed, you will have to reboot to complete the installation process and run the upgraded operating system.

If you have followed every instruction to the word, you will be able to ascertain that the new Upgrade is up and running by looking at the Windows Boot Screen. If you face any difficulties during or after installing the upgrades, feel free to contact our technical support team to receive further instructions to troubleshoot your device.

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