Windows 7: Product Evaluation

Applies To: Windows 7

This collection includes a variety of topics to help you explore and experiment with the new features of Windows 7 that are of particular importance to the IT pro.

Questions About Windows 7

Find answers to frequently asked questions about Windows 7:

Answers to Common Questions About Windows 7

Windows 7 Deployment Frequently Asked Questions

What’s New in Windows 7

Learn about the key feature changes and benefits that are provided in Windows 7 and the key feature changes between the Beta and RC releases:

What's New for IT Pros in Windows 7

What’s Changed in This Release Candidate of Windows 7

What’s New in Windows Automated Installation Kit

Overview or the Windows User State Migration Tool 4.0

What Is the Deployment Image Servicing and Management Tool


For information about key feature changes in Windows Server 2008 R2, see Changes in Functionality from Windows Server 2008 to Windows Server 2008 R2 (Beta).


Learn about four deployment strategies for Windows 7:

Choosing a Deployment Strategy


Learn about BranchCache, DirectAccess, and other new and changed networking technologies in Windows 7:

Network Enhancements Executive Overview for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2

BranchCache Early Adopter’s Guide

BranchCache in Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 Overview

Remote Access Step-by-Step Guide: Deploying Remote Access with VPN Reconnect

DirectAccess Technical Overview for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2

Next Generation Remote Access with DirectAccess and VPNs

Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 Networking Enhancements for Enterprises


Read an overview about the manageability technology and the power management changes in Windows 7:

Windows 7 Manageability Overview

Power Management in Windows 7 Overview


Learn about DirectAccess, User Account Control (UAC), AppLocker™, BitLocker To Go™, and other security enhancements in Windows 7.

Windows 7 Security Enhancements


Learn about the Windows Troubleshooting Platform, including links to information about customizing the platform so that you can reduce support costs in your organization.

Windows Troubleshooting Platform Overview


Learn about AppLocker, a new application control feature in Windows 7 that helps eliminate unwanted and unknown applications within an organization’s network while providing security, operational, and compliance benefits.

Windows 7 AppLocker Executive Overview


Read an overview about BitLocker™ Drive Encryption in Windows 7, including an introduction to BitLocker To Go.

Windows 7 BitLocker Executive Overview

Learn about the enterprise search technology changes in Windows 7 and how to implement and manage Windows Search:

Enterprise Search in Windows 7 Overview

Windows Search, Browse, and Organize Administrator's Guide

Windows Search

Windows Virtual PC

Learn how to use this optional component to evaluate and migrate to Windows 7 while maintaining compatibility with applications that run on older versions of Windows.

Windows Virtual PC Evaluation Guide