So Windows 7 is finally going to release and you can get it from your local computer store tomorrow. The question is can your PC run Windows 7? If you are considering upgrading Windows on your current PC, then there are two ways to check if your PC will work with Windows 7.
The first is the manual way, read the system requirements and compare them to your PC, the other is the automatic way, run the Microsoft Windows 7 upgrade advisor.
The minimum system requirements to install Windows 7 are:
- 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x86) processor
- 1 gigabyte (GB) RAM (32-bit) or 2 GB RAM (64-bit)
- 16 GB available hard disk space (32-bit) or 20 GB (64-bit)
- DirectX 9 graphics device with WDDM 1.0 or higher driver
That means you need a Pentium 4 or greater (although some later model Pentium 3 processors did reach 1Ghz), 1 gigabytes of RAM (but 2 would be better) a 40GB hard drive and an nVidia GeForce 6 series or better graphics card, or better. If you want to use the 64-bit version of Windows 7, you will need an AMD Athlon 64 or better.
If your PC is compatible with Windows Vista then you are pretty much guaranteed that it will work with Windows 7.
The suggested way to check for Windows 7 compatibility is to run the Windows 7 upgrade advisor. The Windows 7 upgrade advisor scans your hardware, devices, and installed programs for known compatibility issues and guides you how to resolve potential issues found?