Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor

Martin Brinkmann
Oct 21, 2009
Updated • Mar 25, 2012
Software, Windows, Windows 7, Windows software

Microsoft has updated their software Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor two days ago. Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor is a tool that runs on Windows XP and Windows Vista. It can be used to audit the computer system to find out if it is compatible with Microsoft's latest operating system Windows 7. To do that the program will scan the computer system's hardware and software for compatibility issues. It also offers guidance and explains how to overcome these issues to make the system compatible with Windows 7.

The program needs to be installed before it can be used to audit the system. A scan takes less than a minute to complete.

The results of the system audit are displayed in two tabs for 32-bit and 64-bit Windows 7 systems with the 32-bit report displayed by default.

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Each report is divided into the three sections System, Devices and Programs. System analyses general issues the user might run into, for example if Windows Aero is supported or if a custom installation is required (for Windows XP systems). The hardware of the system is analysed under Devices again with information if hardware is compatible with Windows 7. Programs finally takes a look at some of the installed programs and displays if they have issues running under Windows 7.

The Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor can be helpful for users who are already running a computer system with another Microsoft operating system. It on the other hand does not help users who plan to build a PC on their own or purchase a system. A false positive was listed in the report on a Windows XP SP3 test system. Missing Windows Aero support was one of the issues that were found by the Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor which seems highly unlikely considering that an Ati Radeon HD 4870 video card was installed in the system. The software can be downloaded at the Microsoft website.


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  1. Anonymous said on October 29, 2012 at 9:18 am

    Sir. Which will be better to install, windows7 home premium 32 bit, 64 bit or windows7 ultimate in Dell vostro 1550 model to make everything fast

  2. Anonymous said on October 29, 2012 at 9:16 am

    Sir. Which will be better to install, windows7 home premium 32 bit, 64 bit or windows7 ultimate in Dell vostro 1550 model to make everything fast?

  3. Radek said on December 24, 2009 at 3:50 pm

    If I have VISTA in German and would like to upgrade to 7 would the same language version be installed or is it possible to upgrade to English? I would prefer English…..


    1. Tharkon said on January 14, 2010 at 1:09 pm

      License-technically I think an upgrade is possible. But systemwise I believe it isn’t. So it will require a custom installation.

  4. Sudip said on October 21, 2009 at 3:09 pm

    Yeah i have run it a couple of months earlier and it gave me the same false positive of Missing Aero Support although I own a HD4850. However I tried it couple of weeks later from that and it showed no such problem. Will like to check with this newer version.

    1. Sudip said on October 23, 2009 at 9:52 am

      The new version is showing the same Aero problem. What’s Going On???

  5. Dhanasekaran said on October 21, 2009 at 2:09 pm

    nice to see… this will also checks the pirated versions too…

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