Windows 7 – Frequently Asked Questions

In this article, we share frequently asked questions related to Windows 7.

What are the minimum system requirements to run Windows 7?

To run Windows 7 on your PC, you need to meet the following requirements:

  • 1 GHz or faster 32-bit or 64-bit processor.
  • 1 GB RAM to run 32-bit edition of Windows 7 or 2 GB RAM to run 64-bit edition of Windows 7.
  • 16 GB of free hard disk space to run 32-bit edition of Windows 7 or 20 GB of available hard disk space to run 64-bit edition of Windows 7.
  • DirectX 9 graphics device with WDDM 1.0 or higher.

How to confirm if I can upgrade my Windows XP to Windows 7?

To confirm if your Windows XP can be upgraded to Windows 7, we recommend you download a free utility, called Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor from the Microsoft website. This utility scans your computer for potential issues with your hardware, installed programs, and devices and tells you if your PC is ready for Windows 7. Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor also gives you recommendations on what to do before you upgrade to Windows 7.

What is the difference between Upgrade installation option and Custom installation option?

In Upgrade installation, your current version of Windows is replaced by Windows 7 and your files, settings, and programs are kept intact. To do a Windows 7 Upgrade installation, you must have a version of Windows XP or Vista installed on your computer.

In Clean installation, your current version of Windows is replaced by Windows 7, but your files, settings and programs are not preserved. To do Windows 7 Clean installation it is not necessary that you have a previous Windows operating system running on your computer. Typically, Windows 7 Clean installation is selected when no previous Windows version is running on the system. A Clean installation process is more complex and takes more time than an Upgrade installation.

Can I upgrade my 32-bit Windows Vista or Windows XP to 64-bit Windows 7 version?

Yes, you can do this provided your system meets certain requirements. To run the 64-bit Windows 7 version, you need to have a 64-bit capable processor and a minimum of 2 GB of free hard disk space.

What are the things I need to do before I begin installing Windows 7?

Before you begin with the Windows 7 installation, do the following:

  • Write down your product key.
  • Write down your computer name.
  • Back up your files and program settings.
  • Download and run Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor.
  • Decide if you want to install either the 32-bit version of Windows 7 or the 64-bit version of Windows 7.
  • Update your protective software, run a malware scan, and turn the protective software off.
  • Ensure you computer is connected to the Internet.

How to maintain a clean and compact Windows 7 registry

The registry is a critical component of a Windows operating system and Windows 7 is no exception. To ensure that your Windows 7 registry remains healthy and clean, schedule regular registry scans using reliable and advanced registry cleaning software, such as RegServe.