Upgrading to Windows 7 (part 2 of 4)

Continuing on with upgrading to Windows 7, this post discusses compatibility issues in upgrading.

You need to verify your software is compatible with Windows 7. Otherwise you will need to upgrade to a new version of that software [most likely pay] or in some cases switch to a different application if any are unsupported.

Some old applications [from 10 years ago] may actually work in Windows 7 but don’t count on it. In addition, the chances of them working in a 64-bit version of Windows is less likely.

You also need to verify that your hardware is compatible with Windows 7. I’ve seen some cases where generic webcams, older printers and older scanners won’t work with Windows 7. Many drivers for the hardware are built into Windows 7. So no software will be needed or updating will be available via Microsoft Update or the manufacturer’s web site.

In some cases, if there are no drivers for some hardware, that you can use the drivers in Vista if available. I’ve seen some printers with no Windows 7 drivers but Vista drivers are available.

You can check for compatibility at this page:
http://www.microsoft.com/windows/compatibility/windows-7/en-us/default.aspx

The minimum requirements listed by Microsoft are generally too low. Windows 7 uses more resources than Windows XP [but same as Windows 7]. I recommend at least a dual core processor with 2GB of RAM or more. A sufficient size hard disk and a decent video card [otherwise some limitations may result]. Have a better processor and at least 4GB of RAM for better performance.

Here’s a good link for more information:
http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows7/Installing-Windows-7-recommended-links

You can use the Upgrade Visort [at http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows/downloads/upgrade-advisor] to see what issues your current system may have.

More in the next post.

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