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Is there a way to upgrade from Windows XP to Windows 7 without upgrading to Vista first or doing a fresh install?

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I want to upgrade a Windows XP Pro pc to Windows 7 but dont want to upgrade to Windows Vista first then 7.I also want to avoid a fresh install of 7 if possible.Is there a way? Thanks in advance.
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Basically, you cannot upgrade. The steps shown in above link instruct you how to create a new installation, and transfer the settings. It is better than just installing W7, but there might be settings you could not transfer.
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While upgrading to  Vista you can do a keyless install and then upgrade to windows 7.  


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by:Neil Russell
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From XP to Windows 7 there is NO "Upgrade", It is called an Upgrade but it is actually a fresh install that "Upgrades" you to a new OS.

Its like Upgrading your car. They dont actually add bits from your old one ;)
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The simple answer to your question ["... Is there a way to upgrade from Windows XP to Windows 7 without upgrading to Vista first or doing a fresh install?"]  is NO.

You've correctly listed the options you have in the question -- either upgrade to Vista, then '7;  or do a fresh install.

There's no other way to do it without using 3rd party software.    There IS a way to do a clean install of '7 but avoid the need to re-install all of your programs if you don't mind buying some 3rd party software.    You can buy LapLink's PCMover Professional (you need the Pro version -- other versions don't work nearly as well);  install it on XP; and "move" your programs via an external disk.     Now do a clean install of '7 on the system; install PCMover; and complete the move.
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Using PC Mover can break the licence terms of SOME installed programs. It will depend on what licences you have and IF they cam budled with the PC/OS when you purchased it.
Life is never simple.
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I don't know of any program that you're violating the license for if you are still using it on the SAME computer ... which is the case here.
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