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Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor
Many people upgrade their operating system on their computer rather than just go out and buy a new one but sometimes they may now know if their current hardware can support the latest version of Windows. If you are planning on upgrading your existing computer from an older version of Windows to Windows 7 but don’t know if it will be able to run it then the Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor utility will help you find out.
The Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor scans your computer for any issues with hardware and installed software, and recommends what to do before you upgrade to Windows 7. If you are running Windows Vista now and the performance is adequate then you should be ok running Windows 7. Keep in mind that you can’t upgrade Windows XP to Windows 7 so you would need to do a clean installation. The tool is a free download and all you need to do is install it and run it.
After installation simply find the shortcut for the Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor on your start menu to start the program. Once you open it click on Start check to have it scan your computer for issues.
When the scan is complete it will show the results in regards to your system, devices and programs. You will notice there is a 32 bit and 64 bit tab so if you are planning on installing the 64 bit version of Windows 7 then you should check the results under the 64 bit tab. Some older processors can't run a 64 bit operating system so you may be stuck with the 32 bit version of Windows 7 if your processor falls into that category.
You will also notice that there are links that you can click on for more details about what was found in the scan. There is also an option to save the report as a web page file or to print the report.
You should keep in mind that just because the Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor says your computer will run Windows 7 that it may not run it up to your standards. You should have a decent processor such as a dual core or better and 3+ GB of RAM for the best performance. The 32 bit version of Windows 7 can only make use of 4GB of RAM so there is no need to use more than 4GB if you plan on using the 32 bit version.
You can download the Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor here.
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