Monday, August 24, 2009

Windows 7 (Oh NO!!! Not another operating system)

Some of you may have heard the news that Microsoft is unvailing yet another new operating system. So should you run out and buy the upgrade? Do you need to go get a new computer tomorrow? The answers to all of the above is NO. But if you're interested in learning what the new operating system is able to do for you... then you might want to read on.

So what are the system requirements for Windows 7?

1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64) processor
1 gigabyte (GB) RAM (32-bit) or 2 GB RAM (64-bit)
16 GB available hard disk space (32-bit) or 20 GB (64-bit)
DirectX 9 graphics device with WDDM 1.0 or higher driver

Additional requirements to use certain features - these are the exras which will depend upon your current computer and what exactly you plan on doing with the computer:

Internet access (fees may apply)

Depending on resolution, video playback may require additional memory and advanced graphics hardware.

For some Windows Media Center functionality a TV tuner and additional hardware may be required

Windows Touch and Tablet PCs require specific hardware

HomeGroup requires a network and PCs running Windows 7 DVD/CD authoring requires a compatible optical drive

BitLocker requires Trusted Platform Module (TPM) 1.2

BitLocker To Go requires a USB flash drive

Windows XP Mode requires an additional 1 GB of RAM, an additional 15 GB of available hard disk space, and a processor capable of hardware virtualization with Intel VT or AMD-V turned on Music and sound require audio output Product functionality and graphics may vary based on your system configuration. Some features may require advanced or additional hardware.

What is Windows 7?

Your PC, simplified. Windows 7 is the easiest, fastest, and most engaging version of Windows yet. Better ways to find and manage files, like Jump Lists and improved taskbar previews, help you speed through everyday tasks. Faster and more reliable performance means your PC just works the way you want it to. And great features like HomeGroup and Windows Touch make new things possible. Get to know Windows 7, and see how it can simplify just about everything you do with your PC.

When will Windows 7 be released to the public?

October 22 2009 is the latest release date for the new operating system. What this means for anyone who is currently buying a new computer is that more than likely you will receive an upgrade to windows 7 with your computer purchase. You may have to mail something in, or go through a complected web site in order to make this upgrade.

Should I take the new upgrade if it's being offered to me for free?

My opinion is you should take the upgrades being offered to you by the computer mfgs. After all you did pay for their software and if you have paid for something you deserve to have the latest edition. However, this is not a small little typical update - this is pretty major - so you may want to have this done by a professional just to protect your existing data.

Before attempting to do this on your own make sure you have backed up all of your personal files first to an external drive. Once you know your data is safe (just in case) then you can follow the steps given to you by the software mfg to complete the upgrade.

Remember if you need help you can always call Simply Seniors Computer Tutor. We look forward to helping you with your computer needs.

Looking for videos to see what the new Windows 7 will look like and how it performs? Check out these links:

I hope you found this information helpful!

Stacey Kile
Simply Seniors Computer Tutor
Computer Tutor of Melbourne

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