Are you looking for a tutorial to upgrade XP to Windows 7 (installation)? The following guide will provide the needed help to upgrade Windows XP to Windows 7 on your computer. Microsoft has made this fairly easy by providing a installation wizard that will guide you in installing windows 7.You will have to basically select the “Custom (advanced)” option during Windows 7 installation. This is a “clean” install and it does not preserve your programs, files, or settings.
Prepare to upgrade Windows XP to Windows 7:
Before you upgrade your PC running Windows XP to Windows 7, make sure that you have an external hard disk (if you have large amounts of data on your PC) or any other storage media with good storage capacity. The storage media is required to transfer all files and settings from the computer running windows XP.
You must also ensure that you have all the original installation discs or setup files for all the applications currently running on your system, which you intend using on Windows 7 after the upgrade.
Custom installation is the only available method for upgrading from Windows XP to Windows 7. This does erase everything on the PC before installing windows 7 and for this reason, it is sometimes referred to as “clean” installation.
Upgrade XP to Windows 7 (Custom Installation):
- 1. The first step in installing windows 7 on a computer running Windows XP is determining whether to install 32 bit/64 bit Windows 7 on your PC. Since Microsoft provides both the 32-bit and the 64-bit discs in the Windows 7 package, the choice depends on whether the computer’s processor is capable of running a 64-bit Windows OS.
- 2. The next step is downloading and running Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor to determine the compatibility of the computer’s hardware and other plugged in devices. This tool will report all incompatibilities, if any. You may then then act on the recommendations in the report to make it compatible. It is recommended to run the advisor again to ascertain whether Windows 7 can be installed without any issues.
- 3. After preparing the computer’s hardware for installing windows 7, you may transfer all Files and settings on the computer to an external hard disk using another freeware called Windows Easy Transfer . You may optionally run an antivirus program to make sure all the files are clean before transferring them to an external hard disk.
- 4. You are now all set to upgrade to windows 7 from windows XP. You may check this guide for step by step assistance on installing windows 7 on the computer running XP – How to Install windows 7.
- 5. After installing Windows 7 by doing doing Custom or clean install, restore the Files and Settings in windows 7 from the external hard disk where you backed them Windows Easy Transfer.
- 6. After upgrading XP to windows 7, you may reinstall all applications that you were using with windows XP using their original installation disks or set up files. Windows Easy Transfer makes this easier by generating a report of all programs or applications that you run with Windows XP. You can use this report as a reference in installing all the needed applications in windows 7.
While upgrading windows XP to windows 7, all the files and folders on Windows XP are moved to a folder named “Windows.old”. Since this would occupy considerable space, you may run “Disk Cleanup” to delete “Windows.old” folder and get extra disk space.You may have to do this before restoring the transferred files and settings from the external hard disk, if your computer hard disk runs out of space when you restore the files with “Windows Easy Transfer”.
Upgrade Windows XP To Windows 7 and enjoy the latest Windows OS, that offers several personalization features and also enhances computer security and performance.