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Windows Information

Upgrading to Windows 10?

First you will want to make sure that your computer meets the minimum system requirements for the upgrade. You will need a minimum of 2GB of RAM and 32GB of free Hard Drive space.

Compatibility

While a number of Desktops and laptops are able to run Windows 10, Microsoft does not guarantee that all of your apps, drivers, or hardware that you were able to use with Windows 7 will work with 10. Below we have included links to the manufactures website where you can check compatibility. However even if it does say your computer is compatible, that does not mean your drivers, apps, or hardware are guaranteed to work.

Lenovo compatibility

HP compatibility

Dell compatibility

 

Activate Windows 7 on your computer*

Activation helps verify that Windows hasn’t been used on more PCs than the Microsoft Software License Terms allow.

To activate Windows 7 or Windows 8.1, you’ll need a product key for the version of Windows that’s on your PC. A product key is a 25-character code that looks like this:

PRODUCT KEY: XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX


How to find your product key depends on how you got your copy of Windows 7 or Windows 8.1:

  • If you bought Windows from an authorized retailer, the product key will be on a label inside the box it came in.
  • If you bought a new PC running Windows, the product key will be preinstalled on your PC, included with the packaging the PC came in, or included on the Certificate of Authenticity (COA) attached to the PC.
  • If you bought a digital copy of Windows from a Microsoft website, the product key will be in the confirmation email you received after buying it.

When you begin activation, Windows will try to use your Internet connection to activate online. If you have problems activating online, you can activate using the phone.

To activate Windows 7 using an Internet connection:

  1. Select the Start button Start button icon
  2. Right-click Computer, select Properties, and then select Activate Windows now.
  3. If Windows detects an Internet connection, select Activate Windows online now. Administrator permission required You might be asked for an admin password or to confirm your choice.
  4. Type your Windows 7 product key when prompted, select Next, and then follow the instructions.

 

To activate Windows 7 using the phone:

  1. Select the Start button Start button icon
  2. Right-click Computer, select Properties, and then select Activate Windows now.
  3. Choose Show me other ways to activate. 
  4. Type your Windows 7 product key, and then select Next. 
  5. Select Use the automated phone system. Administrator permission required You may be asked for an admin password or to confirm your choice.
  6. Select your location (or the location nearest you) from the drop-down list, and then select Next.
  7. Call one of the available phone numbers listed. An automated system will guide you through the activation process.

 

For additional information and to see all of Window's Support Pages click here.

 

*Content from http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/activate-windows#1TC=windows-7