Is my PC ready for Windows 7?

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February 23, 2010 at 07:21:51
Specs: Windows 7
I have the above-mentioned card installed on my Athalon 64 X2 5200+ machine . One of the minimum requirement for Windows 7 is DirectX 9 graphics device with WDDM 1.0 or higher driver . The Driver Version that Device Manager shows for this card on my P.C. is 6.14.11.8160 . So Is my P.C. ready for Windows 7 (All the other requirements are satisfied) ?

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#1
February 23, 2010 at 07:30:36
Ya it's ready. oh! Did u check win 7 or win vista drivers for the motherboard?

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#2
February 23, 2010 at 08:12:51
Thanx a heap ! The next thing I got to do is that I'll be checking whether my mobo (which is a Asus M2N68-AM SE2 ) will support Windows 7 or not .

But I have another Intel p.c - Pentium D 820 with 512 MB DDR Ram & 80GB HDD . Mobo is MSI865GVM3-V ((MS-7101) from Microstar . Assuming I upgrade the Ram of this P.C. to 2 GB , would I be able to install Windows 7 on it or not ?

Could a possibility be that I can install Windows 7 on it but because the mobo or the system as a whole doesn't support Windows 7 fully , all that I have to bear with is that I cannot enjoy the enhanced Graphical Experiance with Games & Videos ?


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#3
February 23, 2010 at 08:27:21
Oh! Make sure u got the latest win 7 driver from nvidia website for your graphic card.

Pentium d system can run win 7 with 512mb but it will run slow. If upgrade ram to 2gb yes it will be faster but u will dx9 (hardware) to run windows aero full. Another thing is drivers, vista drivers are compatible in win 7, sometimes u can install win xp drivers in win 7 via device manager. Better buy cheap card for windows aero.


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#4
February 24, 2010 at 22:09:32
Before I installed Windows 7, I prepared a flash drive with drivers for motherboard, video card, network and other cards if separate, and the newest versions of all utilities (antivirus, test utilities, etc.) and all downloaded programs I usually use (browser, email prog. office suite, games, etc.) and gather all other install disks for programs I will want to install. The more prep you do ahead, the easier it will be. (Vista drivers will usually work, but not always, XP drivers will rarely work with windows 7)
Note: when I upgrades my daughter's laptop from Vista to 7, all drivers initially worked, but after one windows update, one stopped working and she had to go back to HP's site for a newer windows 7 driver (I believe it was the DVD drive).

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