Windows 7 licences

Windows 7 licence: Everything you need to know

Windows 7 is an operating system developed by Microsoft. Released on 22 October 2009, it is the successor to Windows Vista. Windows 7 is one of the most popular operating systems of all time and has received positive reviews for its performance, stability and features.
Windows 7 was discontinued on 14 January 2020. This means that Microsoft stopped providing security updates or other support.

Features and advantages of Microsoft 7 compared to other versions

Windows 7 includes many features that set it apart from other operating systems:
Comparison with Windows Vista:
  • Enhanced performance and stability: Windows 7 is much faster and more stable than Windows Vista.
  • Revised user interface: The Task bar and Start menu have been redesigned to make them easier to use.
  • New features: Windows 7 introduced new features such as Aero Snap and Peek, Jump Lists, and Windows Search.
  • Improved compatibility: Windows 7 is compatible with more hardware and software than Windows Vista (including new features for working with multiple monitors or support for touchscreen devices).
Comparison with Windows 8:
  • Classic Start menu: Windows 7 kept the classic Start menu from Windows Vista, while Windows 8 introduced a new tile design.
  • Better control: Windows 7 gives users more control over settings and system features.
  • Compatibility with legacy software: Windows 7 has better legacy software compatibility than Windows 8.
Comparison with Windows 10:
  • Manual update option: Windows 7 allows users to install updates manually, while Windows 10 installs updates automatically.
  • Enhanced privacy: Windows 7 offers a wider range of privacy options than Windows 10.
  • Thinner system: Windows 7 runs better on older computers because it is slimmer than Windows 10.
Advantages of Windows 7:
  • Stable and reliable: Windows 7 is very stable and reliable.
  • User-friendly: Windows 7 is easy to use and learn.
  • Compatible with a broad range of hardware and software: Windows 7 is compatible with a broad range of hardware and software.
  • Powerful performance: Windows 7 is a powerful operating system that runs well on older computers.

The Pro version and its advantages

Windows 7 Professional offers a range of additional features and advantages that are particularly useful for business and professional users.
Advantages of Windows 7 Professional:
  • Enhanced performance: Windows 7 Professional can handle more demanding tasks thanks to its support for more CPUs and RAM.
  • Extended security features: BitLocker hard disk encryption and domain access help keep your data more secure.
  • Improved network management: With its ability to perform network backups and act as a remote desktop host, Windows 7 Professional is better suited for business use.
  • Multilingual: Windows 7 Professional is available in several languages, which makes it an attractive choice for international companies and users with different language skills.

Windows 7 - When it makes sense and what you need to know

Using Windows 7 Pro makes sense in the following situations:
1. In companies:
  • Companies with several computers: Windows 7 Professional lets you manage the computers in your network using domains and group policies.
  • Companies with increased security requirements: Windows 7 Professional comes with advanced security features including BitLocker hard disk encryption and domain joining.
  • Companies with a global user base: Windows 7 Professional is available in several languages.
2. For professional users:
  • Users with work with multiple CPUs and large amounts of RAM: Windows 7 Professional can exploit this hardware better.
  • Users using Remote Desktop: Windows 7 Professional allows you to use Remote Desktop as both a client and a host.
  • Users who require advanced features: Windows 7 Professional comes with additional features including BitLocker hard disk encryption and network backup capability.
However, it is important to note that as of 14 January 2020, Microsoft no longer support Windows 7. This means that Microsoft no longer rolls out security updates for Windows 7. This means that Windows 7 is no longer safe to use and may become compromised.
Alternatively, with appropriate security measures in place to minimise the risks, Windows 7 Pro can still be used. These include:
  • Installing a virus scanner and firewall
  • Avoiding unfamiliar websites and downloads
  • Backing up important data

Retrieving and activating the product key/key

You need a legally purchased licence to activate a product key. You can activate the operating system via the PC control panel in the system settings using the key provided.
If you have a working operating system but do not know your product key, you can retrieve the licence key at any time. Free PC programs such as Licence Crawler are recommended for this. Once you have found the product key, it is a good idea to save and archive all the information. This is especially interesting for Windows 7 and Windows 8 users who have installed a free update to Windows 10.
For more details on how to retrieve the Windows key, visit our Knowledge Basehere.

Microsoft Windows 7 licences: Purchase pre-owned from VENDOSOFT

There are a number of reasons why you should purchase a pre-owned Microsoft Windows 7 licence:
  • Cost savings: Pre-owned software is usually a lot less expensive than new software. Allowing you to save up to 70 % or more.
  • Flexibility: Pre-owned licences can be a great way to add flexibility to your IT infrastructure. You can purchase the exact licences you need today, then upgrade or customise them later as your requirements change.
  • Sustainability: Pre-owned software is a more sustainable choice than new software.
VENDOSOFT is an authorised reseller and official Microsoft Solutions Partner. Our licensing consultants are available to assist you at any time before and after your purchase. We will be happy to answer any questions you may have about Microsoft licensing in person.