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Automating Hardware in Windows 7

For all of us desktop administrators out there, automation is the key to our success. Using Group Policy, we can automate the deployment of software, settings, printers, drive mappings and pretty much anything else for our users and computers. Hardware, especially roaming hardware, has always been a thorn in our sides.

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Four Types of Stop Errors

Your Windows 7 computer can encounter different types of hardware or software problems that generate a Stop message. Stop messages are generally categorized as follows:

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Minimum Hardware Requirements

Edition CPU RAM Hard drive Video graphics adapter
Starter 1GHz 512MB 20GB 32MB of RAM with DirectX 9 support
Home Basic 1GHz 512MB 20GB 32MB of RAM with DirectX 9 support
Home Premium 1GHz 1GB 40GB min. of 128MB RAM with DirectX 9 support, has a WDDM driver, Pixel Shader 2.0 hardware and 32 bits per pixel
Professional 1GHz 1GB 40GB
Ultimate 1GHz 1GB 40GB
Enterprise 1GHz 1GB 40GB