In order to upgrade the companies personal computer (PC) workstations to the windows 7 operating system each workstation must meet the following minimum requirements:
1. have at least a 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64) Processor.
2. have 1 gigabyte (GB) RAM (32-bit) or 2 GB RAM (64-bit.
3. have16 GB available hard disk space (32-bit) or 20 GB (64-bit)
4. have DirectX 9 graphics device with Windows display driver model (WDDM) 1.0 or higher driver. (windows.microsoft.com, 2011)
The Windows 7 upgrade advisor is the tool needed to make a determination as to whether or not a computer is Windows 7 compatible. This program can be downloaded directly from the Microsoft Windows 7 website. The following steps are needed to determine compatibility: 1. Download the Windows 7 upgrade advisor and install the software.
2. Plug in any hardware devices that are regularly used with the PC you’re evaluating. This way the hardware can be evaluated as well for compatibility with Windows 7.
3. Run the Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor.
4. You will see the following window for a moment while the software checks for any updates to the program.
5. When the following window appears click on the “start check” button.
6. The Windows 7 upgrade advisor will now start checking your computers compatibility.
This check may take several minutes to complete.
7. Once the compatibility check is completed, a report will appear explaining which Windows 7 upgrade options are available. The report will also direct you to where you can obtain the guidance needed to fix the system, program, and device issues it finds to make your workstation PC compatible to install Windows 7 operating system. Once your workstation PC is compatible you can then choose the best Windows 7 operating system for your system.
A majority of the hardware devices that are presently on a computer or those devices that are currently available should be compatible with Windows 7, however there are some devices that may not be compatible. The best way to find out for sure is to refer to the Windows 7 hardware compatibility list (HCL). Windows 7 HCL is a list of the Microsoft Windows 7 the compatible hardware devices. (www.microsoft.com, 2011) Recommendation
My recommendation for this company is to install the Microsoft Windows 7 Professional version of this operating system. I base this recommendation based on the fact that this operating system is being used by a company, and it also provides many of the following convenient features for a company: 1. Windows XP Mode.
2. The ability to back up to a business network
3. Domain Join.
Different Windows 7 versions
Windows 7 version and features| Home Premium
Improved desktop navigation. This it easier to do the things users do every day.| X| X| X| Starts the users programs easier and faster allowing
users to find the documents users use most quickly.| X| X| X| Internet Explorer 8. This program makes browsing the internet, easier, safer and faster.| X| X| X| Internet TV. Allows users to watch TV shows for free when and where they want.| X| X| X| HomeGroup. Enables users to create a home network that connects all of their PCs to one printer.| X| X| X| Windows XP Mode. This mode is a separate download that allows the user to run many of the Windows XP business programs.
X| X| Domain Join. Allows the user to connect to company network easily and securely.| | X| X| Backup and Restore. In addition to the full-system found in all Windows 7 editions, allows the user to back up to either a home or a business network.| | X| X| BitLocker. This function helps to protect against loss or theft of data on the PC and external storage devices.| | | X| Work and communicate in the users’ choice of languages and switch between any of 35 languages available.| | | X| (The letter “X” means that the function or program is available in the version indicated) (windows.microsoft.com, 2011)
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