Windows 7 versions
Microsoft releases Windows 7 in May 2009. Which, succeeded the not so en-graced Vista. The retail package came in both 32 bit and 64-bit versions. It came on a couple of levels depending on your usage.
The Home market we expected to use the Window 7 Home Premium. Which, had home networking in as a Workgroup rather than the Domain structure. However, most home users migrated from Windows XP for the first time. As the previous version Vista was not received well from its XP user base. It did get 5 Star rating from most of the technical press at the time. The main point from most, was it was stable in use and could still run XP, Vista programs by making the program think it was still running under the old OS, using compatibility modes, Drivers for the OS needed to be signed by the manufacturer before they could be installed by default. Although, many turn off this feature to allow Vista drivers to operate. A feature called UAC was also introduced. This was to confirm that you the user wanted the software to install. It was the first attempt from Microsoft to remove the user from having Administrator rights by default.
Business and were expected to use either the Professional or Enterprise editions.
Professional adds additional networking and security features such as Encrypting File System and the ability to join a domain
Whereas the Enterprise edition provided BitLocker disk encryption and DirectAccess which allowed the device to connect to the corporate network from any Internet-enabled PC/Laptop system.
The main difference to the 32 or 64-bit versions was the minimum amount of memory that was required. The 32-bit version required 1Gb and the 64 bit require 2Gb and little more free disk space. The amount of memory that the 32-bit version could address was 4Gb and the 64 bit could address 8Gb using Windows 7 Basic to 192Gb using the Ultimate version.
Which, at the time, would have cost a lot of money compare to Gb memory costs of today.
Windows 7 is due to be retired on 13 January 2015. That means that only major security patching will occur from then. Technical support also becomes extended which isn’t cheap.
Which, brings us to Windows 8.0….