Posted by: Jay Dugan
Microsoft, Windows 7, Windows 7 (RC), XP Pro
In Windows 7 Release Candidate ready for testing – part 1, I talked about how to obtain the OS download and the Windows 7 Upgrade advisor. In this installment, I will discuss the system requirements.
The minimum requirements and I do mean minimum, are outlined on Microsoft’s site. As in the past, I think that Microsoft has set the minimums extremely low. If you are planning on using Windows 7 in a production environment, I would suggest beefier specs. The following system requirements are from Microsoft with my comments:
· 1GHz 32 or 64 bit processor; I would recommend a 64 bit processor in the 3GHz range.
· 1 GB RAM; RAM is cheap. Install at least 2 GB or more, if your machine can handle it.
· 16 GB (32-bit) / 20GB (64-bit) disk space; Don’t cramp yourself. You know that patches and updates are coming. Build a large enough partition for future growth, 25 – 30 GB.
· DirectX 9 graphics processor with WDDM (Windows Display Driver Model) 1.0 or higher driver; this could be one of the gotchas that stops a lot of upgrades from XP Pro. You will have to decide if the old box is worth the cost of a new video card.
Windows 7 looks promising as a replacement for XP and hopes to smooth over the ruffles that Vista caused. Businesses need to take a serious look at this new operating system as XP Pro is now a bit long in the tooth and support for it will vanish as soon as there is any degree of acceptance for Windows 7. One final caveat, Microsoft advises that the Windows 7 (RC) software will expire on June 1, 2010. On March 1, 2010, your PC will start to shut down every 2 hours as a gentle reminder. Let us know how your Windows 7 (RC) testing goes. Good luck.