Windows 7 Compatibility Test

Windows 7 is about to launch. For new Wndows 7 users it might be interesting to find out if your hardware will be supported by Windows 7. As a rule of thumb, you can say that everything that worked on Vista will also work on Windows 7.

To simply the process of finding incompatible hardware, there’s a official compatibility test site from Microsoft. This site allows you to quickly find out what will run on your system and what not.

The Windows 7 compatibility test site is live now and can be found over at:

Microsoft is still working hard on completing the database, so you won’t be able to access the real database right now, but I expect that the site will be completed soonish.

Whenever you are buying new hardware now, you should check for that little logo above. That is the official “Windows 7 compatible” logo. Thousands of products will be added to the database of Microsoft. Of course it is impossible to add all products and if you find a product without the logo it doesn’t mean it won’t work with Windows 7, but it will be tricky to make it work.
For example, I installed a Linksys Wireless card on Windows 7 x64 that normally wouldn’t work, but with some tricks you can make many things run flawlessly.

Have you found any hardware that isn’t working on your Windows 7 RC/RTM build? If so, please post a comment and we’ll try to find a solution to make it work 100%!

Published: Friday, October 9th, 2009 Last Modified: October 9, 2009

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