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Windows 7 FAQS

What is the difference between 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Windows?

The terms 32-bit and 64-bit refer to the way a computer's processor (also called a CPU), handles information. The 64-bit version of Windows handles large amounts of random access memory (RAM) more effectively than a 32-bit system. For more details, go to A description of the differences between 32-bit versions of Windows Vista and 64-bit versions of Windows Vista online.

Will Windows 7 run on my computer?

Please review the hardware requirements to help you decide if your computer is ready to run Windows 7. You can also download and run the Upgrade Advisor for a more detailed understanding of whether your PC can run Windows 7.

Will my same peripherals work?

If you have an older printer, scanner, web cam or other device that you connect to your computer, check with the manufacturer to verify that the device you have is supported for Windows 7, and that driver software is available. Microsoft provides a good starting point to check for that here.

Are there training videos available on Windows 7?

Yes. Microsoft has prepared several short videos to help you adjust to the new interface and features of Windows 7. You can find links to those videos here.

Where can I learn more about Windows 7?

Documentation from Microsoft, tutorials and hosted discussion groups on Windows 7. Some helpful links include:

Windows 7 Community - Links to discussions, blog, user groups, etc.
Windows Help and How-To -Links to detailed information and help on specific features
Windows 7 Features - Links to alphabetical list of features and detailed descriptions
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Last Updated: 3/15/16