Of course, the hardware devices require 64-bit drivers to work on a 64-bit version of Windows. To check information on about drivers go to the Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor web page.
The Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor can examine the configuration of a computer running Windows Vista to determine if any of the applications installed on that computer are known to have compatibility problems with Windows 7.
Windows Touch is available in Home Premium, Professional and Ultimate. Windows 7 Starter does not come with Windows Touch.
Most recent netbooks will be able to run Windows @However, it is yet unclear how Microsoft plans to deliver the update to machines without an optical drive. The latest speculation on the matter suggests that Microsoft is considering selling Windows 7 on a USB drive. Alternatively, the company might partner with retailers and offer an in-store netbook upgrade program.
Windows 7 can be installled in netbook with no DVD drive using an USB key. It needs to be installed using a USB key. The USB key must have 4GB or more free storage space. In case you can do with command lines. You might use the DIskpart utility. Most of them will prefer to use the Windows 7 USB/DVD Download tool. The tool will also create a bootable DVD from which you can install the OS. That's the only solution if you have a netbook without optical drives.
There are a lot of new shortcuts to save you time in Windows @A few of our favorites are:
On the taskbar:
Well, the price is a huge difference between the upgrade and full version. Windows 7 upgrade is meant for those running Windows XP or Vista. In case, you are going for new system you could get the OEM version from the supplier cheaply. Clearly with the upgrade you get all the Windows 7 features. Then who would go for the full version. People running the age old Windows 98, or 95 need to buy the full version. Even those who want Windows 7 on a Mac computer using Boot Camp, or who are running Linux should go for it. The upgrade and the full discs are same.
Microsoft is using an internal numbering system and the next Windows operating system is number 7 according to it Check out our Why Windows 7 article for a detailed explanation on the subject
/generalize : Generalize prepares the Windows installation to be imaged. If this option is specified, all unique system information is removed from the Windows installation. The security ID (SID) resets, any system restore points are cleared, and event logs are deleted. The next time the computer starts, the specialize configuration pass runs. A new security ID (SID) is created, and the clock for Windows activation resets, if the clock has not already been reset three times
Not all the applications run smooth with 64-bit variant of Windows @Especially there could be hitch-up's with system-intrusive software, like hardware drivers and anti-virus software. It would require the 64-bit code. For instance Flash that doesn't offer a 64-bit version of its IE plugin. In order, to view the Flash based web pages you need to run the 32-bit version of browser.
You'll need 2 volumes to dual boot Windows @Hard drives have gotten much larger and much less expensive, and if you’re running Windows Vista, you already have built-in functionality to help you create a separate partition for testing.
The Windows 7 pre-order deal is available only online. In the U.S. it can be purchased from Amazon, Best Buy, Costco, Fry's Electronics, Office Depot, Office Max, Sam's Club, Tiger Direct, Wal-Mart, NewEgg. In Canada, Staples, Future Shop, Best Buy, London Drugs, Amazon, and the Source are supplying the updates; in Japan, Yodobashi Camera, Amazon, Yamada Denki, and Bic Camera carry the deal.
Both special prices upgrades are available for Windows XP and Vista users. Windows XP users will have to do a clean install. Moving from a 32-bit version of Windows to a 64-bit one will require a clean install as well.
For the UK, France and Germany, pre-orders will start on July 15.
The recommended hardware setup for Windows 7 is meant for average computing tasks, such as web browsing and word processing. If you plan to play graphically-intensive games or run other hardware-intensive programs, you will need more robust hardware. It will probably be possible to run Windows 7 on a less powerful system than the minimums recommend, but results cannot be guaranteed.
To qualify for the students price you need to have an email account from an institution of higher learning. The OEM price can be availed by the system builders. Generally buying a major system component such as a motherboard or hard drive qualifies you for a price considerably lower than what you'd pay for the retail box.
You can use the Diskpart tool to prepare a USB storage device so you can boot from it to install Windows @This is actually faster than installing Windows 7 from a DVD.
All types of upgrade from Windows Vista to Windows 7 are possible, given that you are ready to pay. For more details you can read our article how Vista users can upgrade to Windows 7.
Microsoft says Windows 7 is designed to run well on PCs that meet the recommended system requirements for Windows Vista.
Before you upgrade to Windows 7, be sure to compare your PC's specifications with the Windows 7 system requirements as follows:
Windows XP Pro (x64) to Windows 7 Pro (x64)
You can not upgrade from Windows XP to Windows 7, you must migrate.
Microsoft will release six editions of Windows 7 but concentrate marketing efforts on two of them. The following Windows 7 editions will be made available:
Each edition of Windows 7 will come with a distinct feature set. As in the past, each successive edition will include the features of the other, typically less expensive, editions.
MUI (Multi-Language User Interface)
/oobe : oobe will restart the computer into Windows Welcome mode
This will overtly depend on how you upgraded your system. If you upgrade from Windows Vista they would be in the same location in which you had stored them. For a custom upgrade from XP without reformatting the old files will be stored in a folder called Windows old. To retrive the files follow the steps below
1: Open the drive where you have installed Windows (usually, the C: drive)
2: Double-click the Windows.old folder
3: Double-click the Users folder
4: Double-click your user name
5: Open the folders that contain the files you want to retrieve. For instance, to retrieve files in the Documents folder, double-click Documents
6: Copy and paste the files that you want from each folder to a folder in Windows 7
For each user account repeat the steps 4 and 6
In case you reformatted your drive or partition the files cannot be recovered.
First, try uninstalling and reinstalling drivers using the Device Manager by following these steps:
Step 1: Click the Start button, and then click Control Panel.
Step 2: Click Hardware and Sound, and go to the Devices and Printers, select Device Manager.
Step 3: In Device Manager, expand DVD/CD-ROM drives, right-click the CD and DVD devices, and then click Uninstall.
Step 4: When you are prompted to confirm that you want to remove the device and click OK.
Step 5: Restart your computer.
Windows RE (Windows Recovery Environment) - name given to a Windows PE on a computer with Windows 7 already installed.
The testing period for Micrsoft Windows 7 is now over.
Create vdisk file=h:windows7mysystem.vhd maximum=30000
There's is a huge confusion over the term Upgrade for Windows @The terms is used to describe the price variant as well as the term used in the installation process. Now if you buy the Windows Upgrade, you will get the Upgrade and Custom options during the installation. The Upgrade version can only be opted if you are already running Vista.
Choosing the Upgrade option carries your applications, documents, settings and user accounts over to the new OS. In case you are not coming from Vista, go for the Custom option which would ensure fresh installation. For the XP user who wanna migrate instead of wiping everything out and reinstalling, you can use Laplink's PCmover to get the same result as doing an Upgrade installation.
Remember even after custom installation your old filed will be preserved in a folder named Windows.old.
If i find program and devices that are compatible with Windows 7, simply look for the Compatible with Windows 7 logo in the product. These have been tested positive with 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Windows 7.
Further, you can go online to the Windows 7 Compatibility Center and check whether the program or device is compatible with the 64-bit version of Windows @The software and hardware manufacturers keep on updating this information, so keep a check on it.