Hey there! Thinking about upgrading your version of Windows?

Windows 7 is Microsoft's latest operating system. Before you upgrade to the latest and greatest (either if you're upgrading your current computer or purchasing a new one), there are a number of things to consider. Continue on for details.

Frequently Asked Questions


What are the minimum system requirements for Windows 7?

If you want to run Windows 7 on your PC, here's what you need:

  • 1 Gigahertz (GHz) or faster 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64) processor
  • 1 Gigabyte (GB) RAM (for 32-bit) or 2 GB RAM (for 64-bit)
  • 16 GB available hard disk space (for 32-bit) or 20 GB (for 64-bit)
  • DirectX 9 graphics device with WDDM 1.0 or higher driver



Is my current computer compatible with Windows 7?

An easy way to check if your computer can handle Windows 7 is to use Microsoft's Upgrade Advisor, found at http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/downloads/upgrade-advisor. The Upgrade Advisor will scan your computer to make sure you're able to run Windows 7 without any problems.



Will my AOL Desktop Software be available if I upgrade to Windows 7?

This depends on the version of Windows currently installed on your computer. Please click the link below that corresponds with the version of Windows you have on your computer for more information.

Note: We highly recommend that you back up your data onto an external source such as a hard drive, CD or DVD before you upgrade or install an operating system.

Windows Vista

If you're running Windows Vista, you can simply perform an upgrade (in-place upgrade). An in-place upgrade keeps your files, settings and programs intact when the upgrade process completes.

Note: The AOL 9.0 VR, AOL 9.5, AOL 9.6 and AOL Desktop v10.1 versions of the AOL Desktop Software are fully compatible with Windows 7. If you have an earlier version of the AOL Desktop Software installed on your computer, please go to http://daol.aol.com/software to download the latest version. For instructions on how to install AOL 9.5, please read our online help article How do I install the AOL Desktop Software?

If you upgrade to the latest version of AOL, make sure you upgrade from the version of the AOL Desktop Software that was last installed on your computer.

For additional information on how to upgrade your PC to Windows 7, please visit http://windows.microsoft.com/upgrade.

Windows XP

If you're currently running Windows XP, you'll need to perform a full install (custom install) of Windows 7. users will be required to perform a full install (custom install) of the new operating system.

A custom install will completely replace your current operating system and all the files on your computer. If you have to perform a custom install of Windows 7, please check out the links below to make sure your AOL software functions without any interruption.

Before you install Windows 7:

After you install Windows 7:

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