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Windows 7: Preparing for Windows 7 with the Win7 Upgrade Advisor

07 May 2009   #1

Preparing for Windows 7 with the Win7 Upgrade Advisor

When a new version of Windows is released, people either upgrade their existing PC or purchase a new PC with the latest version of Windows already pre-installed. For the people who want to upgrade their existing PC, they are often faced with the question of whether their PC can run the new Windows version or not. As we announced last week, Microsoft plans to offer a tool that can be used to determine if a PC is able to run Windows 7 Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor.

A beta of Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor is now available to help people analyze their PC in preparation for a Windows 7 upgrade. Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor is a free tool that people can download as of today to help them determine if their PC is able to upgrade to and run Windows 7. The beta can be downloaded here (English only at this time).

Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor examines a PCs processor, memory, storage, and graphics capabilities, identifies known compatibility issues with installed software and devices and finally provides guidance on how to resolve those issues if possible. Please also note: as previously stated on the E7 blog, Windows XP users are required to do a clean install of the Windows 7 RC as well as the final product. Only PCs with Windows Vista can be upgraded to Windows 7.

After running Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor myself, the initial results of my scan can be seen in the below screenshot.

The Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor measures a PCs ability to upgrade to Windows 7 based on the following final system requirements for Windows 7:

  • 1 GHz or faster 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64) processor
  • 1GB RAM (32-bit) / 2GB RAM (64-bit)
  • 16GB available disk space (32-bit) / 20GB (64-bit)
  • DirectX 9 graphics processor with WDDM (Windows Display Driver Model) 1.0 or higher driver
In this screenshot, you can see how my PC has passed all the Windows 7 system requirements.

Before you run the Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor Beta , be sure that you plug in any USB devices or other devices such as printers, external hard drives, or scanners that are regularly used with the PC you are evaluating. The screenshot below shows all the devices attached to my PC when I did the Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor scan.

The Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor is easy enough for any PC user to use in evaluating the ability of a PC to install and run Windows 7.


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07 May 2009   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 | Windows XP Pro x86 | Windows Vista Ultimate x86

Very interesting, thanks for the heads up. I'll run it just for the hell of it.
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07 May 2009   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate RC1 x64

Thanks for sharing.

Your computer can run Winows 7
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08 May 2009   #4

Window 7 RC Ultimate 64bit build 7100

lol... doing it just for fun... glad to know my machine can run Windows 7 after betaing it for a few months XD
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09 May 2009   #5

windows7 build7100 64x,xpsp3
Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor Beta

Screen shot of windows 7 upgrade advisor beta

System Requirements
Supported Operating Systems: Windows 7; Windows Vista; Windows XP Service Pack 2
.NET 2.0 Framework or higher if running on Windows XP
Download Windows 7 PC Advisor Beta

Source: windowsteamblog
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