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Windows 7 Yes or No

Posted by Darrell Hyatt on November 16, 2009

Here is my latest post, it sounds different because I used a new recording method.  Enjoy!

Welcome to the enabling abilities to appear podcast Windows 7 has now been out for several weeks and I thought it would be a good time to discuss that important question whether or not to upgrade to the latest version of Windows?

The first things to consider when thinking of upgrading is does my existing computer handle my computing needs, both now and in the immediate future. If the answer to that question is yes then there may not be a need for you to upgrade, if however your existing machine does not meet your current needs and your future need or if your computer is not working at all than now may be a very good time to not only purchase a new computer but upgrade to Windows 7 is well.

When looking at whether to upgrade or not one of the first things to think about is what are the minimum requirements to run Windows 7 efficiently and effectively with the other software that you use.

When I looked at the minimum system requirements from the Microsoft website it included a minimum of a 1 GHz processor or faster 32-bit or 64-bit CPU, they recommended for the 32-bit version of Windows 7 you needed a minimum of 16 GB of hard drive space for the 32 bit version.  The 64-bit version required at 20 GB of hard drive space.

Another concern is the amount of RAM that you have on your computer for the 32-bit version of Windows Microsoft recommends 1 GB of RAM, for the 64-bit version they suggest 2 GB of RAM.  This number does not include having extra RAM to run other programs that you would normally run within the Windows operating system.

I would strongly suggest having a minimum of 4 GB of RAM no matter which version of Windows 7 you are going to be running, I also suggest a much faster processor than the 1 GHz which is suggested on the Microsoft website.

If you’re anything like me you tend to run multiple applications at once, for example most days I have my E-mail running I have Skype for communications and I usually have a least one web browser open at any given time.  I have 3 1/2 GB of RAM on my Windows XP system and everything runs quite smoothly if you’re going to be upgrading you definitely want the system to run smoothly and the more RAM you have along with the speed of your processor will make this an effective computer for you.  My best suggestion if you’re going to do an upgrade of both your hardware and your operating system purchase the best system that you can afford that will meet your current and future needs.

If you have any questions, comments or concerns please e-mail me at darrellh@enablingabilities.com you can also visit my website which is www.enablingabilities.com.  Thank you very much.

  • Tony Lippert said,

    Hello Darrell,

    I have not played with Windows 7 built in voice Recogniction software but from what I have read it’s worth checking out. There is much about it on the internet. Just Google “Windows 7 voice recognition review”. You must see this youtube video …

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N3VZnyKViC4

  • Darrell Hyatt said,

    Hello Tony
    Thanks for the information I will look into that. Have a great weekend.

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