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  (Source: Guardian UK)
New tool is intended to help businesses and customers quickly assess which systems are ready for Windows 7

With every OS launch a certain number of customers with older hardware will inevitably be left behind.  For novice users, or for professionals administering large deployments, the confusion of figuring out which hardware will meet the upgrade requirements can be a headache.  With Microsoft's hot new OS, Windows 7, set to release on October 22, Microsoft is looking to remove any such obstacles that might put a damper on the launch.

Microsoft has released the beta version of a toolkit which will help users determine whether their computers are Windows 7 worthy.  The tool, the Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) Toolkit, version 4.0,  will also look at your machine's compatibility with Windows Server 2008, and other software products, including Microsoft Office 2007.  The tool also provides advice about virtualization, power saving opportunities, and security vulnerabilities.

Baldwin Ng, senior product manager at Microsoft elaborates, "It performs key functions that include hardware and device inventory, hardware compatibility analysis, and generation of actionable, environment-specific IT proposals for migration to most major Microsoft technologies."

MAP is available via the TechNet website.  Limitations include only being available for a limited set of newer Windows OS's -- Windows Server 2003; Windows Server 2008; Windows Vista; Windows Vista Service Pack 1; Windows XP Professional Edition (if you don't have one of these on a bootable partition, you can't run the tool).  The tool provides reports in English, French, German, Japanese, Korean, Brazilian Portuguese, and Spanish.

Currently, users can also check their compatibility by downloading the Windows 7 Release Candidate and installing it for free.  The RC build will work until June 1, 2010. 

Windows 7 sports an improved interface, new features, more speed at many common tasks, and a smaller memory and disk footprint.  Microsoft is hoping the slick new OS will wash away the critical attitude the public developed for Windows Vista.  DailyTech has detailed many of the hardware and software changes showcased in the Release Candidate build.


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Typo?
By Adriak on 6/22/2009 12:25:18 PM , Rating: 3
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MAP is available via the TechNet website. Limitations include only being available for Windows operating systems XP and older (making it impractical for users of older versions of Windows, Linux, or Macs, unless these users have a bootable partition with a version of Windows XP or later).

Isn't this tool limited to Windows XP and newer ?




RE: Typo?
By ApfDaMan on 6/22/2009 12:35:04 PM , Rating: 2
i also found this thoroughly confusing. considering the context i think you are right, it is limited to windows xp and newer. after all, it would be stupid for them to release it to older operating systems...


RE: Typo?
By Motoman on 6/22/2009 12:43:05 PM , Rating: 3
Oh, come on now...I'm sure there are plenty of Win9x machines that would be perfectly capable of running Win7...


RE: Typo?
By deltadeltadelta on 6/22/09, Rating: 0
RE: Typo?
By bodar on 6/22/2009 5:26:12 PM , Rating: 4
Indeed. It's just like that old Steven Wright bit: "Everywhere is walking distance if you have the time."

http://www.techspot.com/news/35164-windows-7-insta...


RE: Typo?
By foolsgambit11 on 6/22/2009 12:58:34 PM , Rating: 2
And doesn't that mean only Windows XP and Vista? And maybe Server 2003? I mean, was the list really so long that the convenience of saying "and newer" outweighed the clarity provided by an exhaustive list?


RE: Typo?
By initialised on 6/22/2009 2:05:30 PM , Rating: 2
I read somewhere that it would run on as little as 96MB RAM (Would not boot on 64MB) on a Pentium2-533 but took hours to install and 17 minutes to boot.

Source: http://www.geek.com/articles/chips/windows-7-runs-...

So yeah, there probably are plenty of Windows 9x machines that could run it but as part of an OEM I would rather they had to buy a new one.


RE: Typo?
By Visual on 6/23/2009 4:15:19 AM , Rating: 2
It is a P2-266 MHz, not 533.
I read somewhere else about it and I remember it mentioned that it took just short of one hour to install, much like what even windows 95 needed back in those days. And I am not sure how fast it booted, but it was called "usable". Too bad I can't find where I read that.

The "17 minute boot" figure that you mention is from another poster's P3-333 first boot only, and it took him 17 hours to install, so it's safe to assume that system (or person) had some defects. I don't see why it would install so much slower, as HDD and DVD speeds are what matter there much more than CPU.


RE: Typo?
By Spivonious on 6/22/2009 3:09:40 PM , Rating: 2
XP Home, XP Pro, XP MCE, XP MCE 2004, XP MCE 2005, Server 2003, Vista Home Basic, Vista Home Premium, Vista Business, Vista Ultimate, Server 2008

And that doesn't even include service packs.


RE: Typo?
By zombiexl on 6/22/2009 2:24:25 PM , Rating: 3
I just tried to install on Vista HP 32-bit with SP2 installed and it said my OS was unsupported. :)

Everything else had a check next to it though.


RE: Typo?
By initialised on 6/22/2009 3:40:17 PM , Rating: 2
Try making a partition to use for 7 and boot from a 7 DVD, if you have a 32-bit CPU (P4 HT/Athlon XP/Sempron) you have to use the 32 bit version.


I guess someone picked the wrong hand...
By VoodooChicken on 6/22/2009 12:43:37 PM , Rating: 5
Oh Ballmer, what will we ever do without you and your LOLsoft pics?




RE: I guess someone picked the wrong hand...
By Donkeyshins on 6/22/2009 1:09:49 PM , Rating: 5
My soundtrack to that photo:

"Brrrrraaaaaaiinnnnnnssssss....."


RE: I guess someone picked the wrong hand...
By Motoman on 6/22/09, Rating: 0
RE: I guess someone picked the wrong hand...
By Phlargo on 6/22/2009 1:52:44 PM , Rating: 3
As a current Plants v. Zombies fan, I gave your +1 for you :)


By Motoman on 6/22/2009 3:57:29 PM , Rating: 1
...you can't. If you've already posted in a thread, you can't +/- a comment. If you do +/- a comment, and then post in the thread yourself, your votes go away.

Hence, my comment to the lad above commending his fine sense of humor, since I was unable to + him having already posted previously.


By InternetGeek on 6/22/2009 9:01:01 PM , Rating: 2
Best game ever.


By LivingDedBoy on 6/22/2009 2:16:45 PM , Rating: 4
"Fire bad. Windows Good."


By thartist on 6/22/2009 3:31:07 PM , Rating: 2
yeh sure how funny!

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Upgrade Windows now at Apple.com
By honestIT on 6/22/2009 3:08:05 PM , Rating: 2
Seriously

You would think this was the second coming

MS possibly getting an OS right....




RE: Upgrade Windows now at Apple.com
By TomZ on 6/22/2009 3:19:57 PM , Rating: 5
I'm sure it will be even more newsworthy if/when Apple manages to do the same. :o)


RE: Upgrade Windows now at Apple.com
By honestIT on 6/22/09, Rating: 0
By rdeegvainl on 6/22/2009 4:31:37 PM , Rating: 5
I guess when apple releases an OS that can outsell Vista, then we can talk.


By initialised on 6/22/2009 3:36:00 PM , Rating: 3
Not really, they got it right with 98SE, (98 fixed) and XP (aka 2000 fixed) now we have 7 (Vista fixed).


RE: Upgrade Windows now at Apple.com
By bodar on 6/22/2009 5:29:27 PM , Rating: 2
Ironic, a kool-aid-head deriding Windows as being "the second coming".


Question
By bubbastrangelove on 6/22/2009 2:52:07 PM , Rating: 2
I realize this question is a bit off topic but...

Has anyone been able to confirm or deny whether RC users will be able to purchase a license and upgrade to a fully licensed copy OR will they have to purchase a new copy and re-install?

I'd love to be able to dump my dual boot XP and dive right into Win7.




RE: Question
By initialised on 6/22/2009 3:31:59 PM , Rating: 2
With the release candidates so far it is possible to do upgrade installs from one to the next by adding your version of the OS to a text file in the installer so I guess this trick will still work but you would have to rebuild the install disc using vlite or similar. However, upgrade installs tend to run slower than fresh install so you'd be better of starting fresh.

It would be nice of MS to just let you buy a key, activate and download updates to the official release, it might happen since the 'free RC' is basically a year long demo.


RE: Question
By PrezWeezy on 6/22/2009 4:21:18 PM , Rating: 2
Every other RC that has ever been released requires a reinstall. Either way you will have to buy a full license, an upgrade will not make it legal.


RE: Question
By PrezWeezy on 6/22/2009 4:44:34 PM , Rating: 2
edit:
Upgrade to Full requires reinstall. The reasoning being that RC's generaly have some junk left over which they don't want in the full product so you are far better off to reinstall than try to hack it as someone else has suggested.


Dumb Upgrade Tool
By Etern205 on 6/23/2009 1:59:19 PM , Rating: 3
Tried running on XP Pro and this stupid upgrade tool does not work unless you have Microsoft Word and Excel (2003 or 2007) with SP2 and Primary Interop Assemblies installed.

Users who does not have Microsoft Office (Word and Excel)+ required components will not be able to run it.

Vista Upgrade Advisor requirements wasn't this ridiculous.




MAP for OS X
By stromgald30 on 6/22/2009 8:05:32 PM , Rating: 2
If Microsoft was smart, they'd make their MAP tool able to run on OS X. That would at least be an open hand to invite Mac users to try Windows 7 on their machines. Not that any of the masses of brain-washed Mac lovers would actually defect, but putting on a nice face to the public is always good while you beat your competitor with a better product.




Tool does not work in Vista
By LongTimePCUser on 6/23/2009 10:53:00 AM , Rating: 2
unless you have Business or Ultimate.




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