XP to Windpws 7 upgrade

Posted on 2011-04-20
Last Modified: 2012-05-11
Can you upgrade from XP Pro to Windows 7 Pro or does Windows 7 Pro require a clean install?


Question by:cja-tech-guy
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    It depends on the edition of windows 7 you have. Anyway, as a personal recomendation is always best to make a clean install. It takes more time at first, but the system will run smoother.
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    Requires a clean install, as there is no direct (in-place) upgrade patch.  You can use Easy Transfer (migwiz on the Windows 7 DVD) or USMT to migrate your settings/files to Windows 7.
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    While you still qualify to purchase an "Upgrade" edition of Windows 7 because you are currently using XP, you MUST do a clean install - not because it is recommended, but because Windows will not/cannot upgrade it directly.
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    Technically it is called an "upgrade" my MS as you qualify for upgrade pricing.  You will need to select "custom" during the win 7 install - however it does not retain any of your data, programs, etc, it performs a complete clean installation.  the only "upgrade" portion of it is the pricing eligibility.  A walkthrough from MS if it helps you at all:

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    As already noted, there's no direct upgrade path from XP to Windows 7 ... but it IS possible to upgrade a system without doing a clean install IF you have a copy of Vista.   The process is to simply upgrade from XP to Vista; and then from Vista to Windows 7.

    Note that I do NOT recommend this unless you have some compelling reason to avoid a clean install (i.e. some program that you want to migrate forward but don't have access to the install media -- and even then, you run the risk that it won't run under '7).    But it does work.

    ... for the vast majority of situations, however, the best approach is to do a clean install of '7.

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