Windows 7 RC has been available for download for some time now. People and technologists have been liking it alike. But why should you take our word for it? Why not try it on your own, specially if its available as a free download for the time being? Inviting prospects indeed, just make sure that you computer is ready for Windows 7. If you are not sure if your computer will be able to run Windows 7 or not here is something you can do.
The System Requirements for running Windows 7 as confirmed by Microsoft are:
- 1 GHz processor (32- or 64-bit)
- 1 GB of RAM (32-bit); 2 GB of RAM (64-bit)
- 16 GB of available disk space (32-bit); 20 GB of available disk space (64-bit)
- DirectX 9 graphics device with WDDM 1.0 or higher driver
That is about the same you had for Windows Vista. So if you are running Windows Vista you will most likely be able to run Windows 7 without any problems. The requirements bump up if you think you will be using the XP mode (a feature that allows you to run Windows XP inside of Windows 7) available within Windows 7.
In any case you should check out the Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor. The upgrade advisor will examine various aspects of your computer and let you know if your system will support Windows 7 or not. Just install and run the application and it does the rest.
It would examine your computer’s processor, memory and storage, graphics, checks to see if there are any compatibility issues with installed software or devices.
Not only this, it will also give you suggestions to make your system suitable for Windows 7. Make sure you have all your devices connected that you intend to use with Windows 7. If your system meets the requirements you can go ahead and install, otherwise look into the suggestions to see if you can resolve the issues.
If you are still skeptical or don’t want to make a complete switch just yet, you can install Windows 7 as a virtual machine and run it along side your present OS.