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Windows 7 : Hardware and Software Compatibility (part 2) - The Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor - Picking through the Results

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2. Picking through the Results

The Upgrade Advisor tests three areas: the PC's hardware, to determine whether it meets the minimum Windows 7 requirements; the various hardware devices attached to the system, to ensure that they all have compatible drivers; and the software applications.

When the test is complete, you will see a display like the one shown in Figure 3. Almost invariably, the Upgrade Advisor will tell you that your system has received mostly passing grades.

Figure 3. How did you do? On most PCs built since 2006, the Upgrade Advisor will report that the system can easily handle the core Windows 7 experiences. If a PC fails the System Requirements test, don't even consider installing Windows 7 on the machine without some serious hardware upgrades.

Look below this message, however, and you may see some issues. As shown in Figure 4, many older XP-based PCs will have a number of problems to investigate. In some cases, the Upgrade Advisor will explain what's wrong and provide links for more information.

Figure 4. Many XP-era PCs will have a bit of upgrading ahead before they can be moved to Windows 7.

As shown in Figure 5, the Upgrade Advisor can provide information about how your system conforms to Windows 7's requirements.

Figure 5. The Upgrade Advisor will compare your PC to what it knows to be correctly working hardware and software.

If you decide at this point to install Windows 7 on your own PC, and that PC later proves to perform too slowly for you, you can always upgrade your RAM, video board, and disk drive—possibly even swap out your motherboard for a new model—to improve the situation after the fact. However, you should have a reasonable concept of acceptable minimum performance before performing the upgrade.

3. Drivers That Lack a Windows 7–Compatible Version

If the Upgrade Advisor reports that a particular driver you need may not exist, the first place to start your search is the site of the hardware vendor. New drivers are released every day, so the one you need may have just come out and it's likely that the hardware maker will make it available long before it shows up on Windows Update.

Smaller companies and those that no longer support a particular model of hardware may never spend the time to develop a Windows 7–ready driver. In that case, you may have no choice but to purchase newer hardware that does have a driver you can use in Windows 7.

 
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