Windows 7: System Hardware Requirements



Microsoft has released the Release Candidate of its new operating system –Windows 7.The release is available here for public download.Mostly OS have their own minimum hardware requirements so that the OS can run efficiently.

If you want to test Windows 7 on your computer then make sure that your computer confirms to the hardware requirements specified by Microsoft.However you can easily see form the requirements that any computer not older than 2 years will mostly meet the hardware norms.

Hardware Required to Test Windows 7

As specified by Microsoft on their Windows 7 RC download page your computer should meet the following hardware standards-

  • 1 GHz or faster 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64) processor
  • 1 GB RAM (32-bit) / 2 GB RAM (64-bit)
  • 16 GB available disk space (32-bit) / 20 GB (64-bit)
  • DirectX 9 graphics processor with WDDM 1.0 or higher driver

Microsoft says that the requirements may change during the final release but as reported by ZDNet ,these specs seem to be final one.

Windows 7 Update Advisor-Check if your PC is Ready for Windows 7

In order to check whether your PC is ready for Windows 7 or not you can also use Microsoft’s Update Advisor.This application is still in beta [Download].Once you download and install it, it gathers details about your hardware and checks whether your computer is ready for Windows 7 or not.

Windows 7 Update Advisor

Apart from system requirements it also checks whether the attached devices,such as graphics card,network interface and programs are compatible with Windows 7 or not.However note that this update advisor does not check your system for special requirements such as hardware virtualization enabled processor for virtual Windows XP mode.You can also save an HTML report.

Windows 7 Update Advisor checking

When I checked with Windows 7 Update Advisor, i was advised to first backup the system and keep at least 16 GB free for Windows 7 installation.No issues were detected with my devices and programs.So my system is now ready to have Windows 7 soon.

Windows 7 Update Advisor report

So what are you waiting for ,just check your system and Download Windows 7 RC.You can enjoy this Release Candidate up to next mid year.

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