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Know if You're Ready for Windows 7? Now You Can

Windows 7 is all the rage recently, and rightly so. The soon to be released operating system is considered to be what Windows Vista should have been.

However, Microsoft admittedly has done a lot of listening as of late, paying a good deal of attention to users across the board. One of the biggest concerns for Windows 7 isn't whether or not it'll solve Vista's problems, but also whether or not it'll run on existing systems efficiently. Chances are that if you bought or built a computer within the last five years, you'll be ready. If you're running Vista right now, you'll be ready.

If you're not sure though, fear not; Microsoft has released its Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor. The small utility can be download and run to check your hardware, drivers and installed software for compatibility. The utility will also check attached devices, so make sure you connect things like printers, scanners, and other accessories you regularly use.

According to the Windows Experience Blog:

Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor examines a PC’s processor, memory, storage, and graphics capabilities, identifies known compatibility issues with installed software and devices and finally provides guidance on how to resolve those issues if possible. Please also note: as previously stated on the E7 blog, Windows XP users are required to do a clean install of the Windows 7 RC as well as the final product. Only PCs with Windows Vista can be upgraded to Windows 7.

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  • kyeana
    Good. They seem to be covering all their bases
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  • outacontrolpimp
    tuannguyenWindows 7 is all the rage recently, and rightly so. The soon to be released operating system is considered to be what Windows Vista should have been.Know if You're Ready for Windows 7? Now You Can : Read more
    This is really annoying
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  • Luscious
    Windows 7 may work with older hardware, but Flash 10 certainly won't. I hate Adobe.
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  • randomizer
    outacontrolpimpThis is really annoyingIt's being worked on.
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  • cyb34
    Old hardware is old. New software is new.
    Fixed.
    Reply
  • bin1127
    who would have only a 1.2 ghz processor but 2.75 Gb of ram?

    the guy with the 1.2 processor probably only has a 100 Gb harddrive as well. forget aero.
    Reply
  • Tedders
    LusciousWindows 7 may work with older hardware, but Flash 10 certainly won't. I hate Adobe.Why wouldn't it work? It works fine for me.
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  • krazyderek
    i just hope they fixed the "network printer" option for adding a printer in vista which randomly stops working one day and requires users to add a network printer using the local method...
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  • cyber_smity
    I'm a user that more interested in security than the user experience, and therefore before upgrading to the Windows 7 RC I've been watching forums and posts regarding bugs and security holes. Isn't that the purpose of a RC, to get the feedback from all the users on bugs and flaws? So far the following worries me:
    http://www.pretentiousname.com/misc/win7_uac_whitelist2.html
    Is there a place we can all go to monitor user feedback and bug reports on Windows 7? Or do we have to keep searching them out?
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  • mtyermom
    krazydereki just hope they fixed the "network printer" option for adding a printer in vista which randomly stops working one day and requires users to add a network printer using the local method...
    I have a Brother network printer that has been working flawlessly between 2 computers one running Win 7 x64 and the other running Win 7 x86 (32-bit). It worked flawlessly through all the beta builds I ran, and it is working flawlessly with the RC.
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