Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Are You Ready for Windows 7?

Windows 7 is scheduled to be released on October 22, 2009. Are you ready? Let’s go over a few things to make sure that you are. Microsoft is listing the system requirements as follows:

- 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

Something to consider in preparing your PC for Windows 7 is your system BIOS. It is important that you make sure your BIOS is up-to-date because it is the "firmware" that enables the hardware to communicate with the software. BIOSAgentPlus™ can help you find the BIOS you need to keep your system running optimally.

Upgrading from Windows XP to Windows 7 is going to be a very tricky situation. You need to do a fresh install, which means you will lose what is on your hard drive.

Microsoft recommends using their Windows Easy Transfer utility to back up all of your files. The problem is that it doesn’t backup your program files or applications. You will need to reinstall those. So make sure that you have all of the installation media for your applications so that you can reinstall them.

Another way is to upgrade first to Windows Vista and then to Windows 7. Upgrading to Vista from XP is much easier. Then you can easily upgrade from Vista to Windows 7.

Once Windows 7 has been installed on your system, you will also be in need of drivers for all of your devices. Drivers for a new operating system can be hard to find on your own. DriverAgent™ is the perfect tool to locate the necessary drivers you need.

BIOSAgentPlus and DriverAgent will keep you system in top working condition to ensure that your upgrade to Windows 7 goes smoothly.

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