Windows 7 is considered to be the most successful Operating system in the long list of WIndows OS series by Microsoft. Windows 7 was released on June 22 2007 as a successor to Windows Vista. Earlier Microsoft planned to provide an integrated update for it much ridiculed Windows Vista or Windows Aero.
Even critics praise Microsoft for improving upon its flawed design in Vista. By 2012 Windows 7 had 630 million licensed users, which was an astonishing number. The faith that Microsoft had with this OS, paid off and gave it a new lease of life in this cut-throat IT industry. The seamless task bar, the most praised inclusion was like by one and all. This OS in particular set the tone for the future and the way Microsoft is going to look at things. Many users are still vouching for this version of Windows, for its plethora of features and minimum system requirements.
We at our Computer Technical Support receive various queries of users asking about the requirements and procedure to upgrade to Windows 7. After looking at the number of queries, we decided to provide you with the necessary requirement details. In this article I will discuss various requirements for your to upgrade to Windows 7. Whether your present set of hardware can help you with the upgrade or you need to add a few upgrades. All these queries will be resolved by the end of this article. So follow the instructions carefully.
How to upgrade to Windows 7 from your current OS:
Windows does not provide integrated updates for Windows 7 up-gradation. You need to install the version of OS on your computer using a CD or a bootable flash drive. But, before that you must uninstall the current version of Windows running on your PC, as Windows does not support multiple OS either. If you are ready to upgrade to Windows 7, follow these instructions to know what the requirements are:
- Processor: 1 Ghz for both 32-bit and 64-bit.
- RAM: 1GB for 32-bit & 2GB for 64-bit.
- DirectX 9 graphics processor with WDDM driver model 1.0
- Free Hard Drive Space: 16GB for 32-bit & 20GB for 64-bit
- DVD-ROM for installation.
1. Create a backup: First, create a backup for your important files and folders into the a separate hard-drive. Make sure to create a backup of your current OS, so that if anything goes wrong, you can turn back to your current settings easily.
2. Start the installation: Insert the CD with a copy of Windows 7 into the DVD-ROM of your PC. You can also make use of bootable flash drives. Restart, your PC, and while rebooting it, it will detect the OS CD, and take you to the setup wizard. Follow the instructions on screen as per your preference and click Next.
3. Set Up the Drive and create partition: After selecting the language and agreeing to the Terms & Condition. You will be required to choose the drive on which you want to install the Windows 7 OS. Select the drive on which the previous version of the OS was installed, click Format. The previous version will be removed and the fresh copy of your Windows 7 will be installed. In case there are no partition before, create your own.. Make separate drives for separate work.
4. Complete the setup: After creating the partition and selecting the drive, click on Next. you need to enter the License Key, which you must have got along with the CD. Select the name of your PC and click Next. Select the user recommended settings option from the list and click next. Confirm the date and time, select a time zone from the list and sit back. Your Windows 7 will be upgraded to your PC.
5. Congratulations, you have upgraded to Windows 7: After the installation is complete, import all the saved data and backup to your Windows 7 and start using it. Your system might restart a couple of times at the time of installation. Now you are a Windows 7 user.
These are some of the steps you need to follow in order to upgrade to Windows 7. Also, check with the minimum requirements before proceeding. Hopefully these steps helped you in resolving the upgrade issue.
How to keep your Windows 7 up & running smoothly:
Installation of a new operating system is just the beginning, you will need to explore for a while to get used to the interface. While you also need to take a good care of your system to make sure your new OS does not give you problems. As a service provider we would recommend to take note of following things to make sure your OS runs hassle free.
Use Windows Update: Microsoft provides a great after sale services to keep its user base intact. So make sure you have a Microsoft account. Open the Windows Update center and login to your account. If you do not have one, create a new one with your product ID. This Windows update center will provide you with necessary software driver and firmware updates to keep your PC healthy.
Use a good Antivirus Program: In the modern age of internet, nothing is safe and continuous cyber attacks, phishing links are quite common. Many people fall prey to bogus websites, which steals your data and make the user experience quite irritating. So make sure you use a licensed Antivirus program and regularly scan your PC for any potential threat. You also get a Windows protection center, keep it updated too.
These are some of the requirements you must be aware of, in order to make your Windows 7 upgrade worthwhile. Hopefully, these set of information will help you upgrade to Windows 7 and keep you updated. In case you feel the need of any kind of technical assistance from experts, feel free to contact our Computer Technical Support anytime at our TFN 1-800-828-6304. We are available 24 x 7 round the clock.