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Has Microsoft learnt its lessons with Windows 7 stickers?

Windows 7 sticker

By Barry Collins

Posted on 30 Sep 2009 at 12:26

Microsoft has started certifying PCs as "compatible with Windows 7" in a bid to reassure PC buyers.

The new logo will appear on devices that "have passed Microsoft designed tests for compatibility and reliability with Windows 7."

However, many will doubt whether they can take Microsoft's word for it following the fiasco of the Vista sticker scheme. Microsoft found itself on the wrong end of a long-running lawsuit in the US, after the company allowed PC makers to put Vista Capable stickers on machines only powerful enough to run Vista Home Basic, which didn't include many of the advanced features such as the Aero Glass interface.

Court documents revealed that Microsoft lowered the requirements at the last minute at the behest of Intel, whose 915 chipset was originally set to be omitted. Even senior Microsoft officials admitted the company "really botched" the scheme.

So what tests have Microsoft set for Windows 7 compatibility? The software giant states that any machine carrying the sticker will have to "work with all versions of Windows 7". That includes the 64-bit versions of the operating system, which Microsoft claims "is an important change since 64-bit systems are becoming more mainstream".

Microsoft also claims that "products that receive the logo are checked for common issues to minimise the number of crashes, hangs, and reboots experienced by the user," although it gives no further details of what such tests involve.

The software giant is also at pains to state that it reached out to hardware manufacturers much earlier than it did with Windows Vista, no doubt to avoid a repeat of the Intel fiasco.

The situation is also eased by Windows 7's relatively lightweight demands on PC hardware. Microsoft has long stated that any hardware capable of running Vista will cope with Windows 7 - a claim borne out by PC Pro's own tests. That means hardware manufacturers are unlikely to be leaning on Microsoft to certify borderline kit, as they have in the past.

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User comments

So the Answer is "Yes"

That would appear to the logical conclusion from the article.

By rjp2000 on 30 Sep 2009


Will this affect Sony's decision to disable virtual machine support in its BIOS. After all, Win7 includes a virtual XP that won't work on some Viaos.

By The_Scrote on 30 Sep 2009

With 64bit being a requirement of the scheme, it'll be a long time before netbooks are officially compatible with W7.

Unless Intel have a 64bit atom up their sleeves.

By a_byrne22 on 30 Sep 2009

what a crap bit of reporting

this is just a load of rubbish. before i even go on, read for yourself just what the hell the windows 7 logo program is:

where exactly does it say MS is cerfifying PCs? this is a PERIPHERAL program; for mice, printers, keyboards and such.

yes, to get the sticker your hardware must work with all versions of windows 7. but, hit has not a damn thing to do with the computer running the operating system.

there, you all can unruffle your feathers now.

By jamescecorn on 3 Oct 2009

and, for your enjoyment here's a link that survives the linebreak

By jamescecorn on 3 Oct 2009

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