Well, it appears that there are some exceptions. According to the Redmond company, Windows 7 can also present incorrect “Consider replacing your battery” warnings.

This can happen to users running older HP notebooks with the last Windows client from the software giant.

Such customers should disregard the message from the Windows Battery Meter, and the additional warnings from the OS.

“Additionally, a red “X” may appear on the battery icon in the notification area. However, the battery may still be in sufficient health. This issue is known to occur on the DV9000 and DV 67000 series of notebooks,” the software giant said.

Microsoft blames the problem on the fact that the older notebook models were not designed with Windows 7 in mind. More »

With the advent of Windows 7, users are bound to upgrade from Windows XP and even Windows Vista to the next iteration of the Windows client. For some, even XP’s SP3 or Vista’s SP1 and SP2 will not be sufficient an incentive to keep them away from Windows 7. However, in order to ensure a smooth transition, preparation is key for both home users and corporate customers. Of course, as market segments go, home users will have an easy task awaiting them, while companies will go through complex and painful evaluation processes lasting as much as a year and a half. Still, planning ahead is the right way to go, when preparing to upgrade from Vista, XP and previous releases of Windows to Windows 7.

As with Windows Vista, the biggest issues concern hardware support and software compatibility. Microsoft is promising that by making Windows 7 version 6.1 the vast majority of hardware products and software solutions currently tailored to Vista will continue to work seamlessly with its successor. At the same time, the Redmond company is engaging hardware and software developers to get their device drivers and applications ready for Windows 7 in due time. More »