Windows_LogoThat’s right folks!  It’s October 22nd – the big day is finally here!  Over the last twenty-one days, we’ve touched on a number of different features of Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2.  We hope you’ve enjoyed our Launch Series.  Don’t fret – we have plenty more to write about regarding both operating systems.

We are launching some tools and resources to help customers upgrade to Windows 7 – the Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor and the Window 7 Compatibility Center.  Both tools are available at the Windows Compatibility Center.  The Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor scans your PC to see if it’s ready for Windows 7.  It checks to see if your PC meets the system requirements, lets you know if your processor is capable of running 64-bit versions of Windows 7 and gives guidance on your upgrade options.  It also tells you about any known compatibility issues with the most commonly installed software programs and devices connected to your PC.  If an issue can be resolved, it suggests next steps for you to take before installing Windows 7.  The Windows 7 Compatibility Center helps you easily check the compatibility of thousands of devices and software programs for 32-bit or 64-bit versions of Windows 7.  Usually, you won’t need to do anything to ensure compatibility.  If you do, the site goes beyond just telling you what will or will not work. It also provides links to drivers and software updates to help get your PC running with the latest software.  For more information, check out the Windows 7 Team Blog.

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We are also launching an exciting new online competition called 7 Ways to Change the World and we need your help!  The competition encourages people to create a two minute video explaining how they believe a Windows PC could help a nonprofit make a greater impact.  It could be helping a food bank manage their inventory or helping to deliver after school care for kids, the possibilities are endless!  There will be 7 winners, and each person who submits a winning entry will receive a new PC with Windows 7 and a $7,000 grant for their chosen nonprofit organization.  The competition runs from October 21st until November 11th.  Each day from November 16th until November 24th we will announce one of the 7 winners.  You can get the latest news on the event via Twitter and Facebook.

It’s certainly going to be a fun day – I suspect we’ll see lots of items from this collection around the office today:

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And with that, we’re done with our Launch Series!  Again, we certainly hope you’ve enjoyed it.  We’d love to get your feedback:

  • What did you think about our Windows 7 / Windows Server 2008 R2 Launch Series?
  • What do you think about the AskPerf blog in general?
  • Are there any topics you would be interested in seeing on AskPerf?

You can leave your feedback as a comment, or send us feedback via the Contacting AskPerf … link at the top of the page.  We’re going to take a short hiatus and we’ll be back to our regular posting schedule in a couple of weeks.  Until then …

- CC Hameed