Windows 7 Enterprise Edition is an edition of Windows 7 that targeted at corporate and business customers. As such as Windows 7 Enterprise can only be activated via volume activation methods that available for volume licensing channel, such as KMS host (Key Management Server) or MAK (Multiple Activation Key). For people who yet to have a chance to download official Windows 7 installer from Microsoft, there is now a trial version of Windows 7 Enterprise available for free download.

Windows 7 Enterprise is almost equivalent to Windows 7 Ultimate in terms of features, which most, if not all, functions available. For example, when comparing with Windows 7 Professional or Windows 7 Home Premium, Windows 7 Enterprise features DirectAccess for seamless access to corporate networks by mobile users without a need to VPN, BranchCache to speed up file downloading across branches network, Federated Search for remote repositories inclusion in search, BitLocker plus BitLocker To Go, AppLocker to specify what software is allowed to run on a user’s PC through centrally managed but flexible Group Policies, Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) optimization with with multimon, microphone and ability to boot from VHD (virtual hard disk) support, and Multilingual User Interface (MUI). Windows Media Center in Windows 7 Enterprise is also able to manage a single TV guide containing both standard and digital high definition TV shows.

Windows 7 Enterprise trial edition is released mainly for the purpose of trial and evaluation for IT Professionals who do not yet have access to Windows 7 RTM through one of the following means, according to Springboard Series blog, to allow IT professionals to test their applications, hardware and deployment strategies with final Windows 7 bits.

  • Through a Software Assurance Volume License agreement
  • Through MSDN and TechNet subscriptions
  • Through Software Assurance agreements allowing the download of Windows 7 RTM via the Volume Licensing Download Center.

The downloaded Windows 7 Enterprise Edition 90-Day is the final Released-to-Manufacturing (RTM) version of Windows 7 Enterprise Edition, and is the same software that is available to Volume Licensing (VL) through Software Assurance (SA) and is feature-complete. Windows 7 Enterprise 90-Day Trial is available in English, Spanish, French, German, and Japanese in both 32-bit (x86) and 64-bit (x64) versions.

A few important notes about Windows 7 Enterprise Edition 90-Day Trial version is that after the expiry of 90 days evaluation period, IT Pros who wish to continue to use Windows 7 Enterprise will be required to purchase and perform a clean installation of Windows 7, including drivers and applications, officially. User supposedly cannot enter a new key to extend the usage period or convert it to production version, as it’s evaluation-only copy. But in Windows 7, it’s pretty easy to change product key to perform new activation, after purchasing a genuine VL MAK key.

Only a limited number of licenses are available, or only through March 31, 2010, so the download will only be available while supplies last. The trial product key is built-in, but user still require to activate without 10 days after installation, or the product will shut down every hour. Windows 7 Enterprise 90-Day Trial is valid for 90 days after installation. After expiration, the computer will shut down every hour.

If you wish to continue to use Windows 7 Enterprise please note that you will be required to purchase and perform a clean installation of Windows 7, including drivers and applications. Please keep this in mind; Windows 7 Enterprise is not available through retail channels.

Windows 7 Enterprise requires the same system requirements with Windows 7 hardware specifications requirements. Windows 7 Enterprise is generally not for retail customers. General public should download Windows 7 Ultimate retail ISO instead.

Download Windows 7 Enterprise free 90-day trial version from http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/evalcenter/cc442495.aspx or direct download links are available for the Windows 7 Enterprise ISO.

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