Before shelling out on Windows 7, you'll want to know if you computer is compatible. DMS Clarity Metrics Tracker is a small multi-part application that will help you make sure that your machine is up to the challenge.
There are a few steps to take before you can get analyzing, however, and it's worth figuring them out before you start. First, you'll need to register on the XP Net website, dowload the DMS Clarity Metrics Tracker, go back to the website and open the widget, enter your Customer ID, and finally, leave the program to get to work for an hour or so.
When you return to DMS Clarity Metrics Tracker, it should have accurately assessed your system's ability to run Windows 7. There are also other widgets available from the website that will help you monitor things such as system performance and processes. In terms of Windows 7 compatibility, the widget's results are very easy to interpret - the tool assesses under Hardware Configuration, Current Stress Levels and Workload Composition, giving you a clear FAIL or PASS for each. Below your results there is a notes area where DMS Clarity Metrics Tracker tells you why an area might have failed.
DMS Clarity Metrics Tracker is very easy to interpret, and the only possible negative is the fact that you must leave it to run for an hour or so before it can give you a result. Some of the other widgets are a little harder to understand but, for the purposes of Windows 7 compatibility, you don't need to use them. Regardless, explanations are provided for interpreting results from all the widgets.
DMS Clarity Metrics Tracker is a little messy to set up, but its results are clear and simple.