Significance of Windows® 7 Compatibility Center
The Compatibility Center lists thousands of the most popular devices and software programs that help you easily identify what will or won't work with the Windows 7 operating system in your computer. You can use this application to download device drivers and software updates and also you will find information on thousands of devices and software programs for both home users and businesses. Links under the compatibility status will directly take you to a download page for the software upgrade or device driver you need. Additional links on the left side of the page go to the publisher's or manufacturer's homepage support site and contact page. Windows 7 Compatibility Center has done an outstanding job when it comes to hardware compatibility and more hardware is recognized and made functional by the operating system than ever before.
The following points discuss about importance of Compatibility Center in Windows 7 Editions:
- Product Compatibility
- Compatibility Icons
- Product Search
The product should earn the Compatible with Windows 7 logo which means it has met Microsoft testing requirements for compatibility with 32-bit and 64-bit Windows 7. The software publisher or device manufacturer would state that this product will work with 64-bit and 32-bit Windows 7. The software publisher or device manufacturer would state that they plan to offer a compatible version for 64-bit and 32-bit Windows 7 by a specified date in the future. Microsoft provides this information as a service for your information and since compatibility dates can change, check for further updates and also visit the manufacturer’s website for more information.
There are 5 different icons so you can identify a product's compatibility status with Windows 7. The "Compatible" green check icon means the device manufacturer or software publisher stated this product will work with 64-bit and/or 32-bit. 'Future compatibility' yellow caution with clock icon means they plan to offer a compatible version of this product for 64-bit and/or 32-bit by the specified date. The 'Action recommended' yellow caution icon means that you may need a solution from the software publisher to ensure that a product will work properly. The "Not compatible" red crossing icon means the product is not compatible.
The default home page shows icons to browse for software where you can switch between software and hardware by clicking the tabs. Using the search bar which is located near the top and center of every page in the Compatibility Center is also another way. If you are required to perform refined searches, you can click the advanced search link. If you use browse option, it will give you a broad list of results in a product subcategory and then you can narrow the list by sorting or filtering.
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