Should You Upgrade Your Windows Operating System?

Posted on February 23, 2010. Filed under: Uncategorized |

Whether or not you are thinking about the new Windows 7 or simply wanting to upgrade to Windows XP you need to know if your current computer/printer/software applications etc. can handle an upgrade.

(To find out what operating system you are currently using- click Start> right-click on My Computer> choose Properties and it will be listed at the top.)

How do you know if your current system can handle an upgrade? 

To answer this question, Microsoft has a list (now called Windows Catalog) that  will help you. This list is found at http://www.microsoft.com/whdc/hcl/default.mspx . There is also an online tool available that will scan your computer and tell you if it is compatible with Windows 7.

Here are the recommended hardware specifications for Windows 2000, Windows XP and Windows Vista. This is the recommended not the minimum requirement:

Windows 2000 Professional

Pentium ll or higher processor
128MB or more memory
2GB+ free hard disk space
Floppy Disk
DC-ROM or DVD
SuperVGA video

Windows XP Professional

300 MHz or higher Intel-compatible processor
128MB memory
1.5GB free hard disk space
CD-ROM or DVD
SuperVGA or better Video

Windows Vista Home

1GHz 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64) processor
512MB memory
15GB free on a 20GB drive
DVD-ROM
video: Direct-X 9 graphics and 32MG graphics memory
Internet Access

Windows Vista Home Premium/Business/Ultimate Recommendation

1GHz 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64) processor
1GB memory
15GB free disk space on a 40GB drive
DVD-ROM
Video: DirectX 9 with WDDM Driver, 128MB graphics memory, Pixel Shader 2.0 in hardware, 32 bits per pixel
Internet Access

The Windows Vista advisor can help you also: www.microsoft.com/windows/windows-vista/get/upgrade-advisor.aspx .

Other hardware- sound cards, network cards, modems, video cards, etc. may or may not work with your new Windows operating system. If the device is newer, it will probably work with the newest operating system. If it is older, you will need to find out who made the harware and check their website to see if they have drivers for the new version of Windows you are installing. Good luck!

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