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Hi Experts,

Is there a way to upgrade XP to Win 7 without having to do a clean install?  Any third part apps or work arounds?

Thanks,

HNM
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Use the User State Migration Tool
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As explained by Govvy windows 7 already includes all required software. For a step by step tutorial on his I recommend the official microsoft support page.

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US//windows7/help/upgrading-from-windows-xp-to-windows-7

If you should have any further questions feel free to ask !

 
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Only way to keep everything intact, is to upgrade to Vista first, and then Windows 7......
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by:John Hurst
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Agreed that you cannot upgrade directly to Windows 7 from XP. I would also add that the double upgrade (XP to Vista to Windows 7) will probably (80%) be subject to long term problems. Also, at this very late date (Windows 8 coming out), you really want to be going to Windows 7 64-bit if you can and that must be a fresh install.

... Thinkpads_User
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what about this software... they claim they can do the programs too.  What do think?  Url in attached txt file. url.txt
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PC Mover can move one installed system to another of the same type. But I don't think it can upgrade at the same time. ... Thinkpads_User
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by:garycase
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PC Mover Pro can move your programs from XP to '7 with no problem.    To "move" them on the same system you'll need to first install it on XP and "move" what you want (programs and data)  to an external drive;   then do a clean install of Windows 7; install PC Mover on it; and complete the move from the external drive.

Works very well ... the only issue is if you attempt to move a program that isn't compatible with '7 it can't fix that for you.
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>>> "move" what you want to an external drive;   then do a clean install of Windows 7;

Yes, I think that is what I was trying to say in fewer words. Then end result is a clean install as noted here and eariler. ... Thinkpads_User
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thanks!
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