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Friday, December 3, 2010

Windows 7 Software Compatibility

If you have decided to make the upgrade to Windows 7, you should take a moment or two to check your existing software compatibility before installing. With the launch of a new OS, you may find that some of your favorite programs no longer work. Here are a couple of tips to help make the process easier:

Processor Type
Before investing your money into new software, you need to verify what type of processor your computer is running. If you recall our previous post about “32-bit vs. 64-bit” , you can find what type of processor that your system has under the System menu in your Control Panel. An important tip to remember is that you may be able to operate a 32-bit program on a 64-bit machine but not the reverse. Microsoft provides a quick FAQ on processor compatibility here »

Approved Software
Microsoft has created a library of Windows 7 compatible programs for user reference. The Software Compatibility Center features categories from PC Gaming to Security to Utilities, plus it includes a list of 32-bit and 64-bit software versions and a hardware compatibility reference. Click here to review the Windows 7 Software list »

Program Compatibility Utility
As part of the Windows 7 OS, there is a built-in utility to determine software compatibility called Program Compatibility. You can find this utility under Control Panel » Troubleshooting » Programs. This will automatically fix any common problems with older software not Windows 7 ready. Microsoft also has a free Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor program to evaluate your system and reports any issues with software and hardware on your system. To download the Upgrade Advisor, go to Microsoft Support »

Get Windows 7 Upgrade @ Micro Center:

Windows 7 System Requirements.

Microsoft. Windows 7 Compatibility Center.

Microsoft Support. Help with Windows 7 compatibility problems.

Microsoft Support. Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor.

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