Brandon LeBlanc on the Windows Blog today posted an article on the release of the Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor Beta. With this tool you can analyze your current system to see whether it meets the requirements of Windows 7;
A beta of Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor is now available to help people analyze their PC in preparation for a Windows 7 upgrade. Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor is a free tool that people can download as of today to help them determine if their PC is able to upgrade to and run Windows 7. The beta can be downloaded here (English only at this time).
Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor examines a PC’s processor, memory, storage, and graphics capabilities, identifies known compatibility issues with installed software and devices and finally provides guidance on how to resolve those issues if possible. Please also note: as previously stated on the E7 blog, Windows XP users are required to do a clean install of the Windows 7 RC as well as the final product. Only PCs with Windows Vista can be upgraded to Windows 7.
I decided to take this little application for a test ride on my system;
After downloading and installing it, this is the first screen that welcomes you to the application;
After clicking the enticing Start check button this happened;
After waiting for a few minutes the result was presented in this way;
Clicking on the system requirements link produces this page;
All in all not to bad. When it comes to the recommendations I got, I did exactly as told after installing the RC. So everything is running smoothly. Norton Internet Security 2009 has not given me any trouble at all… so far 😉
If you are not sure whether your system meets the requirements for Windows 7,
this tool might help you decide to take the leap or not. Try it out yourself.
You can download the Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor here.