Unless the user chooses to repartition or format the current partition, Vista's files from C: As with Vista, each DVD includes the various editions. Unlike Vista, every edition of Windows 7 is a superset of the previous edition, so you will not lose any features when upgrading.
Once you have some edition of Windows 7 on your system, whether you purchased it via an OEM or just upgraded from Windows XP or Windows Vista, you will be able to upgrade to a "more premium" version of Windows 7 by purchasing an upgrade key to unlock additional features, just as with Vista. Windows 7 E: Mike Ybarra, general manager of product management of Windows, told Ars that Microsoft had three choices for the release of Windows 7 E: Microsoft chose the last solution, and it's actually a pretty good one, for both Microsoft and consumers.
Windows 7 E editions will be sold only in full versions: The good news is that the full versions will be available at the upgrade price, though if history is any indication, they'll likely still be higher than the US upgrade prices shown above. Microsoft announced two weeks ago that it was shipping Windows 7 in Europe without Internet Explorer 8 installed in response to the EU's antitrust investigation of its browser with Windows. Preorder Windows 7 cheaply In select markets, Microsoft is offering its customers the ability to preorder Windows 7 upgrade versions at a significantly reduced price.
This is easily the most aggressive pricing Microsoft has ever offered for Windows. The low preorder price will vary per country: Microsoft was not willing to discuss the limits of the supplies, but a spokesperson did confirm to Ars that the reduced prices for the European countries will simply apply to the full version as noted above , as upgrade versions will not exist in Europe.
In short, these preorders will allow those in the UK, Germany, and France to purchase full versions of Home Premium or Professional, except without IE8, for a very low price. Windows 7 Upgrade Option Program Waiting to buy a PC until Windows 7 is released can be frustrating especially given the upcoming back-to-school season , so Microsoft is making an upgrade offer similar to what it did for consumers buying XP but who wanted to secure a copy Vista: If the June 26 date sounds familiar, that's because it was rumored earlier this month via a leaked Best Buy memo contra the rumor pointing to July 1 being the date.
Microsoft will be offering the program globally until January 31, but OEMs can cut it off early if they choose to. For example, if you purchase a computer with Windows Vista Home Premium on it, once it is available, you will get a copy of Windows 7 Home Premium to upgrade to. Further details will be available soon at windows. Ybarra told Ars that Microsoft would not charge consumers for Windows 7 if they purchased a Vista PC between tomorrow and the day of general availability.
He did admit, however, that OEMs can choose the price of the upgrade, possibly charging for shipping and handling fees. Furthermore, it will be up to OEMs to decide which computers the upgrade offer will be available on, so it's unlikely that low-end computers like netbooks or PCs on sale will have this offer. Windows 7 in your language Microsoft is promising that all major OEMs will have PCs with Windows 7 shipping in all language versions beginning on the day of general availability, October 22, Full Windows Aero and desktop composition is available.
Enhanced networking features include ad-hoc support, projectors, and up to 10 simultaneous SMB connections compared to 5 in Home Basic ;  Windows Meeting Space , while included in Home Basic, only allowed users to join meetings—in Home Premium, users may either create new meetings or join existing ones.
Backup and Restore additionally supports backup schedules, backup to network devices, and incremental backups. It includes all the features of Home Basic with the exception of Parental Controls and can join a Windows Server domain.
Backup and Restore also allows users to create disk images of operating system installations. Windows Vista Enterprise was not available through retail or OEM channels, but was instead distributed through Microsoft Software Assurance SA , with license terms that conferred the right to operate up to four virtual machines with various Windows Vista editions installed, access to Virtual PC Express , and activation via volume licensing.
The former featured a unique production number alongside the signature of Bill Gates on the front of the packaging; the edition was limited to 25, copies.
Microsoft sold these licenses online through its website. Most bit programs can run natively, though applications that rely on device drivers will not run unless those device drivers have been written for x64 platforms. The Commission concluded that Microsoft "broke European Union competition law by leveraging its near monopoly in the market for PC operating systems onto the markets for work group server operating systems and for media players.
However, Microsoft has not touched the pricing for the Professional edition previously called the Business edition. This might be attributed to the fact that in Windows 7, every edition is a superset of the previous one. That means that unlike Windows Vista Business, Windows 7 Professional will contain all the features that the Home Premium edition has, and thus Microsoft cannot justify a price drop. Upgrading from XP or Vista with a retail copy While these price changes are positive for consumers none of the products has increased in price , they are rather disappointing for those hoping for much more aggressive price slashes given the current economic climate. Thankfully, retail pricing is typically used as a starting point; most users will not be buying retail versions anyway. Retail sales account for less than 5 percent of Windows sales, the rest of sales are via OEM.