New Benefits of Windows 7 Speed: It's designed to sleep and resume quicker, be less memory hungry, and spot USB devices faster. Compatibility: Works with more third party hardware and software. Ease of Use: Better navigation and easier access to important programs right from the taskbar. Organization: Easier and improved file organization
Windows 7 Hardware Requirements 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64) processor 1 gigabyte (GB) RAM (32-bit) or 2 GB RAM (64-bit) 16 GB available disk space (32-bit) or 20 GB (64-bit) Microsoft® DirectX® 9 graphics processor with Windows Display Driver Model 1.0 or higher driver
Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor scans your PC to see if it's ready for Windows 7, and tells you about any known compatibility issues.
Questions to ask before upgrading: What are my school’s goals? Will upgrading help us accomplish them? Is our current hardware compatible? Should I upgrade now, or wait until the "bugs" are worked out? Should I upgrade or should I start with a new PC or installation? How much will it all cost, and will it impact or improve our productivity and educational experience?
Need help figuring it all out? OfficeCare Windows 7 GAP Analysis
A quick, low cost assessment designed to identify: Is my current hardware compatible? Do I need to upgrade my computers, or can I wait? What are the "gotchas" that I need to look out for? How much money will it cost?
What else will the GAP analysis tell me? The current state of each area of your IT environment The best practices for each area of your IT environment The GAP between the best practice and the current state of each area of your IT environment The estimated cost to “close the GAP” between your current IT environment and best practices