Windows 7 is an operating system by Microsoft which came as the successor of Windows Vista. Currently Windows 7 is the latest version of Windows operating system available in the market, Windows 8, the upcoming operating system will be released by the end of 2012. So if you have recently upgraded to Windows 7, you might face some issues with compatibility while trying to run certain applications.
Windows compatibility issues
While debating about compatibility issues, two different but related issues, comes to the table which is: hardware and software. Any hardware device, like printer or graphics card, to work properly with Windows 7 operating system, requires a working driver. In most cases, drivers meant for older versions of Windows will work fine with Windows 7. However, there are some other cases where in the older version driver just couldn’t support the new OS.
Much similar challenge is offered by software also. Even though Windows 7 is compatible with 32-bit software applications that Windows users have been using for decades, some application classes, like security software, simply refuse to work properly in Windows 7. Certain applications can be made to work using built-in compatibility mode of Windows 7. Those that can’t, such as legacy 16-bit software or custom software usually found in small businesses will be thrilled to know about the new XP mode feature available in Windows 7.
Problem when raised by the ongoing migration to 46-bit x64 computing is a serious compatibility issue that needs to be overlooked. Virtually almost all single PC sold today contains a 64-bit x64- microprocessor, this means that it has the ability to run 64-bit version of Windows 7. However, till the release of Windows 7, almost all copies of Windows sold were the more mainstream 32-bit versions of the systems.
From a functional point of view, x64 and 32-bit versions of Windows 7 looks pretty much the same. The main difference is the RAM support. While 32-bit versions has the ability to support up to 4 GB of RAM, the fact is that they won’t be able to support more than 3.1 GB of RAM due to the underlying architecture of Windows. While, the 64-bit versions Windows 7 can support up to 192 GB of RAM.
That’s all with the Windows 7 help information regarding the compatibility issues. Thanks for reading and have a good day!
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