First you need to ask yourself if you really want to upgrade to Windows 7.
If your current version of windows does everything you want it to, then you probably do not need to upgrade to windows 7. Another thing to consider instead of upgrading would be replacing your computer with a new Windows 7 PC, doing this will ensure that all the computer hardware is Win7 compatible. After considering the above and still deciding to upgrade to windows 7 here are some guidelines to follow to make sure your computer will run it properly.
Things You'll Need
- Your Computer
- Internet Access
Check your computers specs. Windows 7 requires a 1ghz or better processor and atleast 1gb ram or 2gb's if your installing 64bit. It also requires a video card that is DirectX9 compatible. As far as hard drive space goes it requires 16gb or 20gb for 64bit windows 7.
You will also need a dvd drive to install with.
Think about all the programs you have installed. Most will work fine on windows 7 but there may be some that are not compatible. Some accounting programs are known to have issues with 7. If you are unsure about any programs head over to their website to check and see if they are windows 7 compatible. You most likely will have to do a clean install also so make sure you have the software for any programs that you will need to reinstall.
The next thing you need to do is head over to
http://www.microsoft.com/windows/windows-7/get/upgrade-advisor.aspx or just click the link down in the resource section below and then download the Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor. Install it and let it check your computer. It will alert you to any incompatible hardware in your PC and tell you if you can perform an upgrade or if you will have to load windows 7 from scratch.
You should have a good idea if windows 7 will work on your computer now. Just make sure to buy the correct version for your system. 32-bit for 32 bit systems and 64-bit for 64bit systems. Also you might want to look over the different versions (Home Premium, Professional, and Ultimate) to find the one you like the best. You can see the differences here: http://www.microsoft.com/windows/windows-7/compare/default.aspx
Tips & Warnings
- Read up on the Microsoft website to make sure Windows 7 is for you.
- Make sure to back up your data before performing an upgrade or clean install.
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