There is a lot of excitement for the launch of Windows 7 and Microsoft announced the availability of two new tools today - the Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor and the Windows 7 Compatibility Center.
Both these tools are available at www.windows.com/compatibility. Not only will you find links to the Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor and Windows 7 Compatibility Center, you'll also get compatibility help from experts in the Microsoft Answers Forums and the Windows Help & How-to team.
The Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor
scans your PC to see if it's ready for Windows 7. It checks to see if your PC meets the system requirements, lets you know if your processor is capable of running 64-bit versions of Windows 7 and gives guidance on your upgrade options. It also tells you about any known compatibility issues with the most commonly installed software programs and devices connected to your PC. If an issue can be resolved, it suggests next steps for you to take before installing Windows 7.
The Windows 7 Compatibility Center
helps you check the compatibility of thousands of devices and software programs for 32-bit or 64-bit versions of Windows 7. Usually, you won't need to do anything to ensure compatibility. If you do, the site goes beyond just telling you what will or will not work. It also provides links to drivers and software updates to help get your PC running with the latest software.
These tools draw on an expansive database of product information. The Windows 7 Compatibility Center and Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor will be regularly updated with more products.