Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Fearlessly Upgrading Your PC to Windows 7

For PC users, system upgrades like the soon-to-be-released Windows 7 are a cause for both excitement and anxiety. The excitement is for the new capabilities and performance improvements that Windows 7 promises. The anxiety comes from bitter experience. Many have tried Windows® upgrades in the past only to decide they liked the older version better. Then they discovered how hard it was to get their PC back to the way it had been prior to the upgrade.

Restoring a PC after an upgrade attempt can be difficult because the upgrade also replaces a host of software drivers with new code supporting the new Windows. Removing the upgraded operating system does not always remove these new drivers, and re-installing the older Windows version will not necessarily re-install the drivers you had been using. As a result, your PC could end up with incompatible or obsolete drivers. Your PC might behave differently than it had before the update attempt, or it may even stop working. Incompatibility in key system drivers can leave the PC non-operational and your prospects for fixing the problem bleak.

To make sure your PC gets fully restored, you need to find out what drivers changed during the upgrade and subsequent regression, and identify which driver versions to re-install, a tedious and error-prone task.

Fortunately, there is a solution available called DriverAgent™. This inexpensive and easy-to-use tool scans your PC to find all the drivers, and then searches an online database to determine if your drivers are all the right versions. It can also automatically download and install any drivers that need updating.

DriverAgent is especially useful for those planning to install a Windows upgrade because it offers a unique new feature – the Migration Wizard. This application makes upgrading or downgrading a much less risky proposition. It scans your hardware and builds a CD of all the drivers you will need for your target operating system.

By all accounts, Windows 7 seems like a winner; however, it never hurts to have a plan B if you need to downgrade. DriverAgent and its Migration Wizard make changing Windows versions so simple that you can do this upgrade fearlessly.

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