Understanding Windows® 7 Upgrade
Windows 7 has been launched and many people cannot believe that upgrade from Windows XP to Windows 7 is not possible. As par a survey users seem to be very interested in Microsoft new operating system. So this article includes top tips for surviving Windows 7. These tips are based on the most common FAQ.
Windows 7 Requirements?
The Windows 7 requirements looks like similar to those of Windows Vista. Have a look on the basic system requirements:
- 1 GHz 32-bit or 64-bit processor
- 1 GB RAM for 32-bit Windows 7 OR 2 GB RAM for 64-bit Windows 7
- 16 GB available disk space 32-bit Windows 7 OR 20 GB for 64-bit Windows 7
- Support for DirectX 9 graphics with 128 MB memory (in order to enable Aero theme)
- DVD-R/W Drive
- Internet or phone access to activate Windows 7.
How difficult is upgrading to Windows 7?
It Depends on various scenario. For example, if you are going to buy a new machine with Windows 7, then most of your hardware issues will have been sorted out right from the start.
When it comes to installing Windows 7 onto your existing hardware then you might run into issues where either something is incompatible (if it worked with Vista, chances are good that it’ll work with Windows 7), or you may have to go searching for a driver, although Microsoft has done a much better job of providing updated drivers with Windows 7 than it did with Vista.
As far as software goes, again you might be OK or you might find yourself needing to seek out updates or even buy new software. If you are upgrading to Windows 7 from Vista then, again, when it comes to hardware you should be OK (you might need new drivers). Software compatibility should also be very good, so you should be reasonably worry free there, too.
If your system meets the basic system requirements then you’re ready to run Windows 7, but as far as compatibility of other hardware and software goes, you could find the process to be a smooth one, or you could find it impossible. If you are planning on upgrading to Windows 7, you should download and install the Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor from Microsoft website. Upgrade Advisor inspects your system and generate a report for you of any compatibility issues that you are likely to face.
Upgrading Windows XP to Windows 7 is not possible.
Yes, its a universal fact that if you have Windows XP installed and want to upgrade Windows 7 then you can’t go for an in-place upgrade, where you install Windows 7 over the top of your current OS and get to keep your applications, settings and data intact. Instead, you have to perform a clean install, means basically starting from scratch.
Choose the Right Edition.
Windows 7 has 6 different versions and it is a very difficult to choose the one which fulfills all your requirements. Most of the users are comfortable with the Windows 7 Home Premium, this edition is the cheapest one and has everything that the average user will need. Still in order to determine what’s best for you, we recommend take a look at the editions chart over on the Microsoft website.
32 Bit Vs 64 Bit?
In order to install 32-bit version, your computer will need to have 1 GB of RAM, a 1 GHz processor or better and around16 GB of available space on its hard drive. The requirements for the 32-bit version are about the same as those for Windows Vista, that mean most Vista users should be able to install Windows 7. They’re also in line with the specifications of many computers sold in recent years. Even many netbooks, which are typically underpowered, should have enough memory and horsepower to run Windows 7. If you want to install a 64-bit version of Windows 7, you’ll require at least 2 GB of memory and 20 GB of hard drive space, and a 64-bit microprocessor.
Windows Easy Transfer:
Instead of trying to re-create Windows settings manually from an old computer (running Windows 2000, XP) on a new Windows 7 computer, you can use Windows Easy Transfer . If you have a removable hard drive, CD or DVD burner drives, a direct connect cable, such as an Easy Transfer Cable (a special USB cable designed for Windows Easy Transfer), or you are connected to a computer over a network, you can use Windows Easy Transfer to transfer files and settings for Windows, such as user accounts, desktop and display properties, and browser and e-mail setup options.