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Windows 7 Enterprise vs Ultimate?

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  • Hi all,
     my first time posting here, but now that Win 7 is available to download I am wondering what the difference between Enterprise and Ultimate version? Is it that Enterprise does not need activation? Not 100% sure which I should download.
    Thanks for the help
    Patrick
    Thursday, August 06, 2009 5:54 PM

Answers

  • All versions of Windows 7 require product activation.

    Windows 7 Enterprise can only be activated with a Volume License MAK or KMS key if it is not activated against a local KMS server. Enterprise requires a VL KMS/MAK out of the box or activation against a local KMS server. It can be rearmed up to 3 times.

    Windows 7 Ultimate edition activates conventionally via the internet to Microsoft activation servers.

    Unless you are in a business enterprise environment, then Windows 7 Ultimate should be your choice.
    Carey Frisch
    Thursday, August 06, 2009 6:11 PM
  •  The only other difference is Ultimate has Windows Media Center.
    This is not true. There are no feature difference between Enterprise and Ultimate. Enterprise is simply for Volume License users.

    Windows Client IT Pro Audience Manager for Web Forums, Windows Client Forum Owner
    Thursday, August 06, 2009 7:33 PM
  • did this change in Windows 7?  There wasn't Windows Media Center in Vista Enterprise.  Notice i'm saying Windows Media Center and not Windows Media Player.

    edit... never mind you are right.  Windows Media Center is now included in Windows 7 Enterprise.

    Hi blackg

    Yes, the way features are handled has changed since Vista. Each higher edition is a superset of the lower edition.

    In other words, when you upgrade from a lower edition you don't lose any previous features and you gain all of the new features of the higher edition.

    Hope this helps.

    Thank You for testing Windows 7


    Ronnie Vernon MVP

    Thursday, August 06, 2009 8:52 PM
  • This is from The Windows blog:
    ...
    What features do I not have in Windows 7 Professional that I would have in Windows 7 Enterprise?
    Windows 7 Professional does not support key features like DirectAccess, BitLocker Drive Encryption, BitLocker To Go, Enterprise Search Scopes, VDI experience enhancements, BranchCache, and Multilingual User Interface Language Packs.
    ...

    link to the post
    http://windowsteamblog.com/blogs/springboard/archive/2009/08/06/windows-7-enterprise-edition-understanding-software-assurance-volume-licensing.aspx
    Hi AlPoZ

    This thread is about The features in Ultimate and Enterprise, not Professional.

    Like others here have already said, there is absolutely no difference, except the packaging and pricing.

    Windows 7 Product Editions: A Comparison


    Thank You for testing Windows 7

    Ronnie Vernon MVP

    Friday, August 07, 2009 7:11 AM

All replies

  • Enterprise gives you the ability to activate against a KMS server and it uses a MAK code. 
    • Edited by blackg Thursday, August 06, 2009 7:38 PM correction
    Thursday, August 06, 2009 6:01 PM
  • Cool. that is what I needed to know :)
    Thursday, August 06, 2009 6:07 PM
  • All versions of Windows 7 require product activation.

    Windows 7 Enterprise can only be activated with a Volume License MAK or KMS key if it is not activated against a local KMS server. Enterprise requires a VL KMS/MAK out of the box or activation against a local KMS server. It can be rearmed up to 3 times.

    Windows 7 Ultimate edition activates conventionally via the internet to Microsoft activation servers.

    Unless you are in a business enterprise environment, then Windows 7 Ultimate should be your choice.
    Carey Frisch
    Thursday, August 06, 2009 6:11 PM
  •  The only other difference is Ultimate has Windows Media Center.
    This is not true. There are no feature difference between Enterprise and Ultimate. Enterprise is simply for Volume License users.

    Windows Client IT Pro Audience Manager for Web Forums, Windows Client Forum Owner
    Thursday, August 06, 2009 7:33 PM
  •  The only other difference is Ultimate has Windows Media Center.
    This is not true. There are no feature difference between Enterprise and Ultimate. Enterprise is simply for Volume License users.

    Windows Client IT Pro Audience Manager for Web Forums, Windows Client Forum Owner

    did this change in Windows 7?  There wasn't Windows Media Center in Vista Enterprise.  Notice i'm saying Windows Media Center and not Windows Media Player.

    edit... never mind you are right.  Windows Media Center is now included in Windows 7 Enterprise.
    Thursday, August 06, 2009 7:36 PM
  • blackg -

    The only difference between Ultimate and Enterprise - is the licensing...

    Ultimate is a single user license. Enterprise is for volume licensees. Feature for feature, however, they're pretty much identical.
    Thursday, August 06, 2009 8:36 PM
  • blackg -

    The only difference between Ultimate and Enterprise - is the licensing...

    Ultimate is a single user license. Enterprise is for volume licensees. Feature for feature, however, they're pretty much identical.

    yea i didn't realized they added it to Enterprise in Windows 7 since it wasn't in Vista Enterprise.  That was the only other difference between the two.
    Thursday, August 06, 2009 8:47 PM
  • did this change in Windows 7?  There wasn't Windows Media Center in Vista Enterprise.  Notice i'm saying Windows Media Center and not Windows Media Player.

    edit... never mind you are right.  Windows Media Center is now included in Windows 7 Enterprise.

    Hi blackg

    Yes, the way features are handled has changed since Vista. Each higher edition is a superset of the lower edition.

    In other words, when you upgrade from a lower edition you don't lose any previous features and you gain all of the new features of the higher edition.

    Hope this helps.

    Thank You for testing Windows 7


    Ronnie Vernon MVP

    Thursday, August 06, 2009 8:52 PM
  • So is Windows 7 Ultimate also licensed for 4 virtual machines (like Enterprise)?

    Thanks!
    Rhett
    Friday, August 07, 2009 2:28 AM
  • This question cannot be answered - you have to review your license agreement.
    Windows Client IT Pro Audience Manager for Web Forums, Windows Client Forum Owner
    Friday, August 07, 2009 3:06 AM
  • This is from The Windows blog:
    ...
    What features do I not have in Windows 7 Professional that I would have in Windows 7 Enterprise?
    Windows 7 Professional does not support key features like DirectAccess, BitLocker Drive Encryption, BitLocker To Go, Enterprise Search Scopes, VDI experience enhancements, BranchCache, and Multilingual User Interface Language Packs.
    ...

    link to the post
    http://windowsteamblog.com/blogs/springboard/archive/2009/08/06/windows-7-enterprise-edition-understanding-software-assurance-volume-licensing.aspx
    • Proposed as answer by AlPoZ Friday, August 07, 2009 6:41 AM
    Friday, August 07, 2009 6:36 AM
  • This is from The Windows blog:
    ...
    What features do I not have in Windows 7 Professional that I would have in Windows 7 Enterprise?
    Windows 7 Professional does not support key features like DirectAccess, BitLocker Drive Encryption, BitLocker To Go, Enterprise Search Scopes, VDI experience enhancements, BranchCache, and Multilingual User Interface Language Packs.
    ...

    link to the post
    http://windowsteamblog.com/blogs/springboard/archive/2009/08/06/windows-7-enterprise-edition-understanding-software-assurance-volume-licensing.aspx
    Hi AlPoZ

    This thread is about The features in Ultimate and Enterprise, not Professional.

    Like others here have already said, there is absolutely no difference, except the packaging and pricing.

    Windows 7 Product Editions: A Comparison


    Thank You for testing Windows 7

    Ronnie Vernon MVP

    Friday, August 07, 2009 7:11 AM
  • Why is there a file size difference between windows 7 ultimate and Enterprise?
    Windows 7 Enterprise (x64) 2,976.62 (MB)
    Windows 7 Ultimate    (x64) 3,075.30 (MB)


    Windows 7 Enterprise (x86) 2,289.20 (MB)
    Windows 7 Ultimate    (x86) 2,385.99 (MB)

    Is there a slight difference or extra feature in one of the versions? What is causing the file size to be different if they are the same?
    Monday, August 24, 2009 7:29 AM
  • While the Enterprise DVD contains only one edition (the Enterprise one), the other DVD contains all consumer editions (Ultimate, Home, Professional) at once.
    Tuesday, September 08, 2009 4:39 PM
  • Parental control is missing from Enterprise edtion but exist in all others editions. May be it is the only difference betwenn Utilimate and Enterprise!!!
    Friday, September 18, 2009 11:28 AM
  • Look at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_7_editions
    Here you can see that the ONLY difference between Enterprise & Ultimate is that Ultimate has the Premium Games Included and Enterprise doesn't.
    Wednesday, September 23, 2009 9:30 AM
  • Enterprise has games but they are not enabled by default, you have to enable them in optional components.
    Wednesday, September 23, 2009 10:44 AM
  • not true the biggest thing about windows 7 that many professionals like is the fact that it dosnt come with little "nic nacks" like games and meida players etc. but are easily available from mircosoft for free but other than that real no differnce
    Thursday, October 29, 2009 11:13 AM
  • What about simultaneous user sessions?  I have Vista Ultimate, but I cannot remote desktop to it and login as a different user while someone else is logged into the console.  But I can do that with Windows 2003/20088 servers at work.  Will Windows 7 Ultimate or Enterprise  have the same limitation as Vista Ultimate?
    Wednesday, November 11, 2009 4:07 AM