Windows 7, is a continuation of the changes initiated in Windows Vista, even built on the basis of its predecessor. It is impossible not to notice the similarities between the two systems. Windows 7 brought further improvements (affecting security, performance, compatibility, reliability and compatibility with new devices as well as software). The system has become popular and considered by some as one of the best Microsoft systems ever.
In the European Union, in addition to the "standard" editions, there are also 5 additional editions of the system in the N version. In the remaining editions it was possible to choose a browser after installing Microsoft Windows. Windows 7 N was deprived of Windows Media Player. Microsoft had to meet the requirements of the antitrust regulations. However, users could download the removed program for free and install it on version N. Initially, Microsoft also intended to launch a version of Windows 7 E without Internet Explorer on the European market, but later abandoned this option.
Extended support from Microsoft for standard licenses (OEM and BOX) ended on January 14, 2020. For customers of the Professional and Enterprise cumulative licenses, security upgrade extensions are available for periods of one, two and three years and for such customers the support will last at least until 10 January 2023. However, Microsoft-independent community (0patch, My Digital Life) and third party support has been announced, without specifying a maximum duration of this support.
Windows 7 was released in six editions:
Starter - a truncated version of the system for beginners and slower computers
Home Basic - basic version for home users.
Home Premium - extended version for home users (including visual additions and media programs).
Professional- version directed to advanced and corporate users.
Ultimate- combines all the editions into one and is available for users and corporate customers. The highest version you could buy in the store.
Enterprise- a special edition of the system directed to enterprises (contains virtualization and data encryption functions).