In general, if your PC can run Windows Vista, it can run Windows 7. But if you’re not running Windows Vista, or are just not sure if your system is ready to run Windows 7, there’s a quick way to do a simple check.
Just download, install, and run the 6 MB Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor. You’ll get a report telling you if your PC can run Windows 7, and if there are any known compatibility issues. If the issues can be resolved, you’ll get suggestions for next steps. For example, it’ll let you know if you need an updated software driver. You’ll also get advice on how to upgrade to Windows 7.
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.
The Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor measures a PC’s ability to upgrade to Windows 7 based on the following final system requirements for Windows 7:
-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
Before you run the Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor beta, be sure to plug in any USB devices or other devices such as printers, external hard drives, or scanners that are regularly used with the PC you’re evaluating.