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Check Software, Hardware Compatibility with Windows 7



Not so far Microsoft Corporation released new version of its OS – Microsoft Windows 7. Many of users decided to upgrade their PCs to new OS or to perform clean installation.

Before upgrading/installing Windows 7 it is highly recommended to determine whether the PC meets the minimum system requirements to this OS and to check if the installed software is compatible with Windows 7 OS.

There are few ways to check hardware/software compatibility with Windows 7:

1. First of all download Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor.

2. Run the downloaded file and install the tool following the on-screen instructions.

 

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3. After the installation is done, Setup Wizard will prompt to Launch Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor.

 

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4. In the opened window, press “Start Check”. The process can take few minutes, it depends on the amount of the hardware and software installed.

 

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5. After pressing “Start Check” button Windows 7 Advisor may ask to download critical updates, which contain new information  regarding new devices, programs compatibility. Download them. Windows 7 Advisor will scan PC for potential issues with the hardware, devices and installed programs and recommends what to do before upgrade.

NOTE: Before scanning make sure that all devices are connected and all programs are installed.

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Another way to check hardware/software compatibility is to use web-site Windows 7 compatibility Center with the listed devices and programs.

Choose the appropriate category: software or hardware and then subcategory or just enter the program/device name in the search bar.

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