How easy/difficult is upgrading to Windows 7?

• If you are upgrading to Windows 7 from Vista, then when it comes to hardware you should be OK (new drivers may be needed). Software compatibility should also be very good.

• If you are upgrading to Windows 7 from XP, then beware. If your PC passes the basic system requirements, then you should be OK to run Windows 7, but as far as compatibility with other hardware and software goes, you could find the process to be a smooth one, or you could find it impossible.

• If you are planning on upgrading any Windows-based computer to Windows 7, IT Support suggests that you download and install the Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor from Microsoft, located at

• If you're running Windows Vista, note that you must install SP1 or SP2 before you can do an in-place upgrade to Windows 7. If you attempt to upgrade a Vista computer that doesn't have a service pack installed, you will get a message informing you that "to upgrade to Windows 7, the computer needs to be running Vista with Service Pack 1." Also users should note that their current edition of Windows Vista will only move to a corresponding edition of Windows 7.

For general questions about Windows 7, please consult the Windows 7 Solutions Center, located at .

Created: Oct 21, 2009 - 4:10pm Updated: May 10, 2016 - 3:5am Author: Web Technologies Article: 2208
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