Microsoft released the Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor so notebook users can see if their computers and accessories are ready for the new operating system. Windows 7 Release Candidate (RC) is available for download, but you should run the upgrade advisor before installing it.
You can download Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor here. It checks to make sure your notebook meets the minimum requirements to run the operating system, which are:
* 1 GHz or faster 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64) processor
* 1GB RAM (32-bit) / 2GB RAM (64-bit)
* 16GB available disk space (32-bit) / 20GB (64-bit)
* DirectX® 9 graphics processor with WDDM (Windows Display Driver Model) 1.0 or higher driver
Most users will be able to tell if they have their notebooks have the above specs, but the Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor goes a step further and lets you know if your peripherals and accessories are compatible with Windows 7. When Windows Vista rolled out many users were frustrated when they discovered their printers, scanners and other peripherals wouldn’t work properly. Hopefully, this tool can prevent users from experiencing similar headaches.
Keep in mind that the advisor is checking for minimum requirements and that compatibility doesn’t mean your old notebook will be blazing fast with Windows 7.