Windows 7 System Requirements

Windows 7 has been widely regarded as the best operating system that Microsoft has ever produced, improving on the popular Windows XP and learning from the mistakes made in Windows Vista. As with any new operating system rollout, there are minimum system requirements required for a computer to be able to run Windows 7 successfully. These requirements will be important, especially if you are considering an upgrade from Windows XP which requires considerably less in the way of specs to run.

If you are currently running XP, your computer may not have the specs needed to run Windows 7 and you may need to system requirements to upgrade your PC accordingly before installing the new software. So what are these requirements?

Specs needed

Windows originally released a Beta version of Windows 7 back in 2008, and the final version of the OS changed very little in terms of what system requirements are needed. The minimum requirements are:

· 1 GHz processor (32- or 64-bit)

· 1 GB of RAM (32-bit); 2 GB of RAM (64-bit)

· 16 GB of available disk space (32-bit); 20 GB of available disk space (64-bit)

· DirectX 9 graphics device with WDDM 1.0 or higher driver

You should bear in mind that these are the minimum requirements and if you are planning on running the x64 build, you are likely to need much more than the minimum, especially in terms of RAM where 4GB will be better suited, and 2GB at least will probably be required.

Anyone making the jump from XP will require 2GB RAM and probably 15GB of available disk space in addition to the 16GB that is already required. Upgrading from Vista should not prove a problem and considering Windows 7 is three years newer, and performs a whole lot better than Vista; the system requirements are fairly modest. Here are the Windows Vista requirements to compare:

· 1 GHz processor (32- or 64-bit)

· 512 MB of RAM (for Home Basic); 1 GB of RAM for all other versions

· 15 GB of available disk space

· Support for DirectX 9 graphics and 32 MB of graphics memory (for Home Basic); 128 MB of graphics memory plus WDDM support for all other versions

If your computer meets the requirements needed, an upgrade to Windows 7 is recommended, and it is easily to install.

Installing Windows 7

The best way to install Windows 7 is to carry out a clean install, this is not hard to do, and all that is really required is to insert the DVD into your DVD-ROM drive. Before you do this though, you should make sure to download all of the necessary drivers and save them on CD-R, or USB drive.

Windows will guide you through the installation step-by-step, and once you have accepted the licence agreement you will be given two options: Upgrade or Custom (Advanced). A clean install will require the custom option and you will be asked where you would like to install Windows 7 (on your hard-drive is the answer). From here Windows will install itself on your computer and will reboot your system a few times. Once complete, you will need to set up a computer name and password, set the time and date, and select the computers location. From here Windows 7 will finalise the details and you are ready to go.