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Good Morning,

I have something I am stuck on this morning, I have several machines I need to upgrade from windows xp pro to windows 7, each machine came with windows XP loaded on it and with a Windows 7 disc for use to upgrade however the windows 7 discs are full version and not upgrade.  when attempting to install it completely formats the machine and installs 7 from scratch.  I need to upgrade!  Is there anyway that anyone would recommend doing this?  I can't lose the users files or the system setup/state.  How can I go about upgrading without losing everything??  Any ideas?
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You cannot upgrade from XP to 7. You should consider USMT in order to preserve user's data and settings from XP to 7.
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Hello,

It's not possible anymore to do an 'upgrade installation'. Previously it was possible, but now you need to do a 'clean' installation. You can back-up the users files with Windows Easy Transfer. You can select which directory to back-up. When the installation is finished just open the Windows Easy transfer again and 'import' those files.

This is something that will take some time.

You can download it here for XP.
http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows7/products/features/windows-easy-transfer
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by:John Hurst
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Also you should be using Windows 7 64-bit whereas XP is 32-bit. There is no upgrade path (as noted earlier) and you should back up everything, format and do a fresh install of Windows 7.

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by:noxcho
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Microsoft made it clear that one should upgrade from XP to Vista and then from Vista to Windows 7. Much work, isn't it?
Simply backup your user profiles and data and then install the Windows 7 as new OS deleting existing Windows XP. Or virtualize your XP machines if you need some software from them and run them in XP Mode within Windows 7.
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@Xaelian  ok, thank you!  heres a question, I am wanting to save the user settings to a network location, and then bring it into the new install from there.  Is this possible with Windows Easy Transfer?

@strivoli, is the User State software something I would need to purchase?  Would it work better than Easy Transfer?
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by:John Hurst
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Easy transfer will back up files, local email, and documents, but not all user settings - at least in my experience with it.

I have never tried User State software.

Also, don't forget that Windows 7 is entirely unlike XP. Docs and Settings move to Users and email might change location depending on what you use. My setup for Windows 7 is very different from my XP setting (when I used it).

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You can use USMT or Easy Transfer. Both are free.
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by:Xaelian
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Hi zraptor,

Yes you can save them to a network location.
You have the following option. Directly migrate them to the new computer, to USB Disk or network :).

You can also use USMT, but I find Easy Transfer easier.
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okay, this may sound stupid but what is the best option to transfer as much of the users system state and files?  sorry if this is kinda repetative.
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Both. I always use Easy transfer for it.
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Easy Transfer is the best option when running a small number of migrations. It is interactive.
USMT is the best option when running a medium to large number of migrations. It is scriptable.
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Use Easy Transfer.
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