If you are still running the Windows XP OS and considering to upgrade to Windows 7, Microsoft’s Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor tool can make the process simpler.
The users can download and run the Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor to see if their PC is ready for Windows 7. The tool scans the hardware, connected devices, and installed programs for compatibility issues.
It also guides you on how to resolve potentials issues found with few recommendations that you should perform before upgrading to Windows 7.
In this article, we show you how to download and install Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor for your Windows PC.
How can I download and run the Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor?
Download Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor
- Go to the Microsoft Download Center.
- Scroll down to Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor section.
- To change the language, click the drop-down menu and select your preferred language.
- Click the Download button.
- Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor will download.
Prepare the system
- Once you have downloaded the Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor, you need to prepare your system to run the tool.
- Make sure you have connected all the devices like a printer to your computer.
- This is important, as you would want the tool to check external devices to be scanned for compatibility issues as well.
Run Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor
- Run the Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor installer.
- It may prompt you to download additionals files, including .NET Framework 2.5 / 3.5.
- Download the required files to proceed.
- You may have to reboot the computer to apply the changes.
- Once the scanning process is complete, the Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor will display a detailed report divided into three parts:
System Requirements: It will show if you can do an in-place upgrade to 32-bit or 64-bit Windows 7. It will also show what the new programs that you would require to download, including Windows Mail, Parental Controls and extras are.
Devices: This section shows if the connected devices and other hardware components are compatible with the new OS.
Programs: This section shows if any of the installed applications are incompatible with the new OS.
The green tick in the report means the software/hardware is compatible with the OS. A Yellow triangle with the exclamation mark indicates the issue requires your attention to resolve.
If the Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor does not find any issues with the system, you can proceed to upgrade to Windows 7. You can install Windows 7 by downloading an ISO and burning it to either a USB flash drive or a DVD.
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