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Summary

 

  • Windows 7 Pro 32 bit edition is fully supported by FreePOS V6.55 and higher.

  • Windows 7 is much more reliable than Vista, however, it is NOT as reliable as Windows XP.

  • Networking Windows 7 requires a lot of know how.  For a guide to W7 networking, please send us an email request.

  • We do not recommend upgrading your operating system until you verify all of your peripherals (printers, touch screens, scanners, etc) have driver updates available from their respective manufacturers.

  • Windows 7 requires lots of memory.   2GB RAM and a dual core CPU are minimum requirements.

  • When networking Windows 7 be sure to install a SizReqBuf entry as explained on Q#66 at: www.myfreepos.net/support.htm

  • Windows 7 Professional (32 bit version) is the official version we'll be supporting.   The Home and Home Premium versions are missing some features that restaurants may need.

 

 

 

 

Windows 7

Windows 7 is a very nice looking operating system, however, it requires lots of resources and has some compatibility problems with many POS peripherals.   Do not expect to load Windows 7 on a machine that is 2 years old...  it will run unbelievably slow.  For the least expensive and most reliable POS system possible, we recommend using Windows XP Professional or Windows XP Embedded (WE/POS).

To its credit, Windows 7 is much more attractive cosmetically than either XP or Vista.   FreePOS recognizes these cosmetic improvements and will automatically fade windows and run with Aero Style graphics.   If you don't mind spending a few hundred dollars extra per station on hardware upgrades, the visual bells and whistles are really stunning.

Windows 7 comes in a lot of different varieties.   FreePOS will run best on Windows 7 Professional 32 bit edition.   The 64 bit versions of Windows 7 are not as compatible with 3rd party peripherals as the 32 bit version is.    The HOME versions of Windows 7 are lacking features that a multi-terminal POS system will require.  Do not use Windows 7 Home Or Home Premium.  

Windows 7 requires LOTS of memory.  We recommend the following minimum hardware configuration if you plan to deploy Windows 7:

  • RAM:    2GB minimum,   3GB preferred

  • HARD DISK:   80GB SATA minimum

  • Intel CPU:   Core-2-Duo E6400 or higher

  • AMD CPU:  X2 7850 or higher

  • Video Card:   Direct X compatible with 128MB Onboard or better

In particular, we suspect systems with these components will NOT run Windows 7 very well:

  • RAM:  1GB or less

  • HARD DISK:   80GB or less

  • CPU:  Intel ATOM CPUs will be bad,   AMD Sempron CPUs will be bad.   Any single core CPU less than 2.4Ghz clock speed will be a bad choice.

  • Video cards:   Most systems with integrated video will be slow

Please note that Windows 7 requires a DVD drive to load... so make sure you have one before you upgrade or begin an installation.   A CDRW drive will not read a DVD disc in all cases.

Click here and run our easy utility to turn off Windows 7 UAC annoyances.

 
  Windows 7 Windows Vista Windows XP
Reliability HIGH LOW HIGHEST
Hardware Required $$ $$$ $
Visual Appearance EXCELLENT GOOD AVERAGE
Difficulty To Install & Network HIGH HIGHER EASY

Can You Stay With Windows XP?
Yes.   Windows XP Professional will be fully supported until the end of 2014.   The least expensive systems will continue to be Windows XP Professional based because the operating system requires less hardware to run on and all peripherals are well supported.  

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