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A+ Guide to Software 9th Edition

A+ Guide to Software (9th Edition)

Book Edition9th Edition
Author(s)Andrews, Dark
ISBN9781305266506
PublisherCengage Learning
SubjectComputer Science
Chapter 2, HOW TO PLAN A WINDOWS INSTALLATION, Hands-On Project, Exercise 2-1
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Prepare for an Upgrade

 

On a computer with Windows 7 installed, access the Microsoft website windows.microsoft.com/en-US/ windows-8/upgrade-from-windows-7-tutorial and locate, download, and run the Windows 8.1 Upgrade Assistant to find out if the computer is ready for a Windows 8.1 installation. Make a list of any hardware or software components found to be incompatible with Windows 8.1, and draw up a plan for getting the system ready for a Windows 8.1 upgrade.

Explanation

 For this task I used a HP Pavilion dv6 laptop running Windows 7 Home Edition. After using the Upgrade Assistant for windows 8.1, I was shown that my system is ready for an upgrade from Windows 7 to 8.1. The Upgrade Assistant also provided details on any hardware or software components found to be incompatible with Windows 8.1 and provided a way to get them ready for an upgrade as well by simply following step-by-step instructions. As far as upgrades go, these are fairly easy because you just have to follow what's given to you and soon enough you'll be able to run Windows 8.1 easily. My only concern was the following incompatible hardware and software: 
1.The graphics adapter 
2. DVD drive  
3. Wireless card 
4. Sound, video, and game controllers: SoundMAX Integrated Digital HD Audio and SigmaTel High Definition Audio Device with Microphone 
5. Input devices Logitech USB Wheel Mouse 
6. Sound, video, and game controllers: Microsoft SideWinder X4 Keyboard


My plan for getting the system ready for a windows 8 upgrade is first start by uninstalling anything I don't need from the device manager. I will then change my screen resolution and use my old mouse that is currently not working on Windows 7 so I won't need a new mouse. After that, I would do an internet search using keywords like how to fix or how to get followed by things such as graphics adapter, DVD drive, wireless card, soundcard, etc. In other words, how can these components be fixed so they're compatible with Windows 8.1? And if there's no way to fix them, I'll simply have to replace them with compatible components. As far as time goes, it should take about 15 minutes of research before I have all of my answers. Another 15 minutes to uninstall any unnecessary components, another 15 minutes changing screens/mice and finally another 10 minutes replacing hardware/software that's incompatible with Windows 8.1..
 

Answer

 For this task I used a HP Pavilion dv6 laptop running Windows 7 Home Edition. After using the Upgrade Assistant for windows 8.1, I was shown that my system is ready for an upgrade from Windows 7 to 8.1. The Upgrade Assistant also provided details on any hardware or software components found to be incompatible with Windows 8.1 and provided a way to get them ready for an upgrade as well by simply following step-by-step instructions. As far as upgrades go, these are fairly easy because you just have to follow what's given to you and soon enough you'll be able to run Windows 8.1 easily. 

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