There is no disputing that Microsoft Windows Vista was poor. Vista made
changes to the file system, user interface and other critical components of
the operating system that were essential. Unfortunately, such changes meant
that Vista had major compatibility problems. The early days of Vista were
plagued with complaints about peripherals that no longer worked because
there were no compatible drivers available. Older programs also began to
Windows 7 was released early. The official retail release date of Windows
7 was October 22, 2009.
Windows 7 is more refined than Vista, but there is no ignoring the fact
that, in many ways, Windows 7 is fundamentally different from XP. The
taskbar is completely different, and the user interface has many other large
changes. You’ll also find a plethora of security solutions that were not
present in Windows Vista or XP.
Those coming from Vista will have it easier. Although Microsoft has been
doing its best to distance itself from Vista, Windows 7 is not entirely that
different. Many features, like Windows Aero and User Account Control, still
exist. The new taskbar will require some adjustment, but you’re in familiar
Windows 7 System Requirements
Windows 7 does have some minimum system requirements that your computer
must meet in order for Windows 7 to run smoothly (or at all). They are as
• 1 gigahertz processor
• 2 gigabyte of RAM
• 30 gigabyte of space (for 32-bit) or 60 gigabyte of space (for 64-bit)
• DirectX 9 compatible graphics processor
If you have not upgraded yet you can use the Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor to
examine your computer’s compatibility with Windows 7. The Upgrade Advisor
will do a complete examination on your PC and let you know if anything on
your computer is incompatible with Windows 7.
Windows 7 End of Life
Windows 7 is due to expire in January 2020 after 10 years
of sterling service!