Quote: Originally Posted by DocBrown
Then when I checked system in Control Panel it said 3 days to activate. So I tried to activate online, but got failed. Then I clicked on the box change product key, then the blank
line popped up to type in my TechNet Key Code. Did that & it activated
The reason that the activate online failed, was that the Enterprise version of Windows 7 is expecting to find a KMS (key management server) on your network to activate against. So, when you try to activate, it queries DNS looking for the KMS records and fails when it cannot find them.
The other way to activate Windows 7 enterprise is with a MAK (multi-activation key). You use the Change Product key feature when you choose to activate this way. That is what you got with Technet and that is why it worked for you
The features in Enterprise that are not in Professional are
- Direct Access
- BitLocker and BitLocker to go
- Enterprise Search Scopes
- Multi-Lingual User Interface (MUI)
- VDI Optimzation
- Subsystem for Unix-based apps
I've been working my way through a Microsoft Enterprise Agreement renewal and the licensing guys went over the features in the enterprise version of the software that we would be missing out on if we decide to not renew our EA. (which it looks like we won't be renewing...it saves us a ton of money and we don't use the above features).