Windows 7 Upgrade Issues

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Windows 7 is here and millions are rushing to upgrade their PCs either because they have been running Windows XP for the past several years or they have not been happy with Windows Vista. Some simply want to experience the improvements in Windows 7. Whatever your reason for installing Microsoft’s latest Operating System, there are bound to be issues with some machines.

Windows 7 is a modern Operating System that has had a long Beta testing period, so we do not feel there are going to a lot of problems. Windows Vista caused a lot of problems with third-party drivers when it launched a few years ago. Since then, Vista has matured into a great OS. Since 7 is largely based on the code from Vista, widespread problems are not anticipated.

System Requirements For Windows 7

If you’re already running Vista, your PC’s specifications will certainly be able to handle the leaner Windows 7. If you never upgraded to Vista, you might want to confirm your PC has the following minimum system requirements:

  • 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64) 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

The above are the minimum system requirements. As a rule for performance, we recommend doubling all of those specs. RAM is certainly cheap enough to max out your PC. You should not take the trouble to update your CPU if you already meet the minimum system requirements, but if you plan on building a system, chances are you won’t even be able to find a 1 GHz processor, as they have long been considered obsolete. You might also want to run the Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor to make sure there are no legacy devices on your motherboard that are going to cause you problems.

Windows 7 Upgrade Issues Troubleshooting

On the rare occasion Windows 7 encounters a problem with a piece of your hardware, don’t panic. Do the following to avoid Windows 7 Upgrade issues:

Check Manufacturer’s Websites For New Device Drivers

Surely, any issues that are reported will quickly be resolved through Microsoft Updates and device driver updates from third-party suppliers. Unfortunately, Microsoft has no control over how quickly these third-party drivers are released. But again, if your system ran fine with Vista, you’re probably not going to have any problems upgrading.

Backup Important Data Before Upgrading

If you’re upgrading, you might tempt fate and not backup your data because you’re installing Windows 7 right on top of your existing Windows installation. Don’t risk it. While you shouldn’t lose anything during the upgrading process, you could if something goes wrong. Backup pictures, documents, emails and other important data to some type of removable media and then take that media out of the computer before you begin. If you have a second hard drive inside the PC you use primarily for backups, you might want to go inside and unplug it before you start.

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