Microsoft releases Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor beta

A long while back Microsoft released the Windows Vista Upgrade Advisor, helpful for those who were unsure if their computer could handle the requirements and find areas where they could improve; continuing this trend, the Redmond software company has published a beta of the Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor, as they reported on their blog.

The Upgrade Advisor analyzes your system hardware, showing areas that are fine and dandy, and informing you of others that could be troublesome when it comes time to upgrade to the final version of Windows 7. In addition to this, it can detect any USB devices you may have (like printers or cameras) and tell if they will work fine, or if not, the course of action to take when the need to use them arises.

The official requirements for Windows 7 can be found below, just in case you don't want to run the advisor:

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

Be sure to test this and report back on how it goes; you can find the download link just below.

Download: Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor beta (6.3 MB)

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Nice work, thanks again for sharing such an informative ideas. I appreciate the information, well thought out and written. Thank you

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My hardware passed.

However some software failed and needs updating, which is available and some software for my webcam and

finger print reader needs to be removed and a new package downloaded.

Other than that it's fine.

mine states that Windows Mail and Parental Controls (web filtering) are not included with Windows 7. I knew about the Windows Mail to be replaced by a download -> Windows Live Mail, but parental controls are being removed from 7??

gt2437 said,
mine states that Windows Mail and Parental Controls (web filtering) are not included with Windows 7. I knew about the Windows Mail to be replaced by a download -> Windows Live Mail, but parental controls are being removed from 7??

Same for me, also says Windows Live One Care will not work in Windows 7. I know this advisor is in beta but wow clearly has some massive issues.

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Well its not very accurate is it. it doesnt matter if your running 3.0 ghz or 4.0 ghz it only says 3.0ghz.
this tool is crap just like windows 7 experience index scores. they are for how much money you spent not actual pc speed and power capability.

Hey Darconf -- does Windows ever tell you you're running a 4.0ghz anywhere? Have you checked your BIOS settings? What CPU do you have (details)?

dammit, it didnt run on my Apple PowerBook G4. ah well... lol
should be a useful tool for those many people who have Vista stuck on their laptops and would love to have it replaced with 7 - should keep the IT people they know off their backs!

Everything passes. Only issue was with Daemon Tools which seems to work just fine with 7 now.