There are some changes that everyone should be aware of before considering an upgrade path to Windows 7. First is that Windows XP users will not be able to upgrade. Windows XP users will need to do a clean install. Only those using Windows Vista can upgrade directly. Which always brings up the following question. Should a user upgrade or do a clean install?
I personally always do a clean install. Some others may differ and have successful completed upgrades without incident. Most expert computer users generally recommend a clean install. The decision on which option to use is up to the user.
Microsoft has a beta version available for their Upgrade Advisor for Windows 7. Microsoft states that the advisor will:
Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor examines a PC’s processor, memory, storage, and graphics capabilities, identifies known compatibility issues with installed software and devices and finally provides guidance on how to resolve those issues if possible.
So if you are thinking of making the move to Windows 7, give the Upgrade Advisor a try first. The tool is a freebie.