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XPpro64 to 7 upgrade question

I need to take some CAD workstations from XP sp3 (64bit) to Windows 7 do I need to do a clean install of 7 or is there a reliable upgrade path by now?
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Mike TomlinsonMiddle School Assistant TeacherCommented:
The only direct path from XP to Win 7 is a custom CLEAN install (loss of all programs and data).

If you want an upgrade path that keeps your programs and data, then you have to do an in-place upgrade from XP to Vista, followed by an in-place upgrade from Vista to Win 7.  This isn't usually recommended as you end up carrying over all the "baggage" from both XP and Vista into your Win 7 install.  =\
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