Windows 7 Upgrade Tool Released
June 22, 2009 12:05 PM
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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."
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.
has detailed many of the
changes showcased in the Release Candidate build.
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6/22/2009 3:31:59 PM
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.
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