Upgrading XP PC to Windows 7 PC

Posted on 2011-04-25
Last Modified: 2012-05-11
Looking for the easiest way to upgrade a PC from Windows XP to Windows 7.  Possible to do without swapping PC?
Question by:PSI_RLS
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    Assisted Solution

    As long as your PC will run Windows 7, there is no reason to replace the actual computer.  Run the Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor to see if there is any hardware or software that might not work properly in Windows 7:

    Then, you can purchase an Upgrade license for Windows 7.  As there is no direct upgrade path from XP to Window 7, you will HAVE to do a clean/full install of Windows 7.
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    Accepted Solution

    To upgrade your PC from Windows XP to Windows 7, you'll need to select the Custom option during Windows 7 installation. A custom installation doesn't preserve your programs, files, or settings. It's sometimes called a "clean" installation for that reason.

    A custom installation is more complex, and it can sometimes take a couple of hours to complete. We created this five-step tutorial to help guide you through the entire process each step of the way.
    What you need

        An external hard disk. You'll need to move your files off of your PC before you install Windows 7. To make this easier, we recommend a free download called Windows Easy Transfer, which will require an external hard disk. They're readily available at electronics and office supply stores, and they provide an easy way to add additional storage space to your computer.

        The original installation discs or setup files for the programs that you want to use with Windows 7. You'll need to reinstall your programs by hand after installing Windows 7. When you run Windows Easy Transfer you will get a report that lists the programs that you are currently using with Windows XP.

    32-bit or 64-bit: Which version of Windows 7 to install?

    Both 32-bit and 64-bit installation discs are included in the Windows 7 package. 64-bit operating systems can handle large amounts of memory—typically 4 gigabytes (GB) of random access memory (RAM) or more—more efficiently than 32-bit operating systems. However, not all computers are 64-bit capable. For more information, see 32-bit and 64-bit Windows: frequently asked questions and 32-bit and 64-bit Windows 7.

    You'll probably need the 32-bit version, but to make sure, click Start, right-click My Computer, and then click Properties.

        If you don't see "x64 Edition" listed, then you're running the 32-bit version of Windows XP. Step 1 of this tutorial will show you how to run the Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor, which can let you know if your computer is capable of running the 64-bit version of Windows 7.

        If "x64 Edition" is listed under System, you're running the 64-bit version of Windows XP and can run the 64-bit version of Windows 7.
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    Assisted Solution

    Use Windows Easy Transfer and wipe your hard drive to install Windows 7. Then launch the .mig file stored on an external  drive to get back all your data. Make sure to backup all your software keys and software install disks.
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    Assisted Solution

    Windows Upgrade Advisor will tell you if its even upgradeable.
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