Switching from XP to Windows 7: Are you really ready?
Upgrading from Windows XP to Windows 7 can be a serious challenge for many users, and we want you to know that we are here to help.
We recommend using the Windows 7 Upgrade Adviser before you make any new purchases for the upgrade. It can be found here:
There are many things to consider before making the upgrade and it is very important to take note of them to avoid any problems.
The first thing to consider: Is my computer’s hardware ready for the upgrade? Many machines that currently use Windows XP could require hundreds of dollars worth of upgrades in order to run Windows 7.
Here are some of the hardware requirements:
- 1 GHz 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64) processor
- 1 GB of system memory (x32) or 2 GB RAM (x64)
- 16 GB available hard disk space (32-bit) or 20 GB (64-bit)
- DirectX 9 graphics device with WDDM 1.0 or higher driver.
- DVD-ROM drive
- Audio Output
- Internet access (fees may apply)
It is very important to make sure that all of your hardware and the drivers required for their operation are compatible as well. Is the chip set on your motherboard or video/sound/network card(s) compatible with Windows 7? Will the drivers for these devices work? Do they require updates?
If your computer meets the basic Windows 7 hardware requirements it is also very important to consider the following:
- Are my Peripheral Devices compatible with Windows 7? I.E. Printers, Faxes, Scanners, Etc. - Are the drivers required for these devices to function compatible with Windows 7?
- Is my Network and Network Hardware compatible with Windows 7? Additional set up steps will apply to most networks.
- Is my Software compatible with Windows 7? This is very important to know before making the switch as thousands of programs that work with Windows XP are not compatible with Windows 7.
Windows XP cannot be upgraded directly to Windows 7 with the DVD disk so a clean install will be required.
It is very important to consider just about everything in, on or attached to your computer before upgrading. Downgrading back to Windows XP can be very costly so it is important to analyze all of your options before you decided to make the switch. As always, we’re here to help, and if you have any questions, comments or concerns please feel free to contact us.