Windows® XP to Windows® 7 Upgrade

Do you want to upgrade the existing Windows® XP operating system on your computer to Windows® 7?

You might have purchased your existing PC or laptop when it came factory-installed with Windows® XP as the operating system. Nowadays, all the desktop and laptop manufacturing companies are coming up with new products with Windows® 7 as the default operating system. You might want to get rid of the pre-installed Windows® XP operating system and in its place install the Windows® 7 operating system that is loaded with many new features.

Here, we discuss about upgrading the pre-installed Windows® XP operating system to Windows® 7.

  • Why to upgrade from Windows® XP to Windows® 7?

  • How to upgrade from Windows® XP to Windows® 7?

  • Things to keep in mind while upgrading

Why to upgrade from Windows® XP to Windows® 7?

The already installed Windows® XP operating system in your computer system is quickly nearing its end as support from Microsoft® is now slated to expire in April of 2011. With the release of Windows® 7, you can now upgrade to the latest version of Windows®. Windows® 7 has the capability to add great functionality to your computer system. In addition, Windows® 7 requires less computer power than Windows Vista®. It is important to note that the users of Windows Vista® can upgrade to Windows® 7 easily, but the users of Windows® XP must take a backup of important files or use a migration tool such as Windows® 7 Easy Transfer to do so. It is also important for Windows® XP users to reinstall all applications after the upgrade is done.

How to upgrade from Windows® XP to Windows® 7?

If you have decided to upgrade from Windows® XP to Windows® 7, the first thing you require is to get a genuine copy of the installation disc from an authorized retailer. You can also purchase Windows® 7 from the official website of Microsoft®. To upgrade Windows® XP to Windows® 7, you will need to take a backup of all of your data, software programs, and system files. As Microsoft® has decided not to include an upgrade path from Windows® XP to Windows® 7, it is important to perform a clean install before the upgrade. You can also take the help of Windows® Easy Transfer application to take a backup of your data on external drives. This application is included in the Windows® 7 installation disc. Once the backup is taken, begin the upgrade by inserting the Windows® 7 installation disc and double-clicking the ‘setup.exe’ file if it does not start up automatically. You will be prompted to accept the license agreement, etc. When the partition option comes up, select the partition that has the old Windows® XP installed on it. Once the installation is done, restore the backup files from your backup media to the “fresh” installation. The Windows® Easy Transfer application can be utilized again to speed up this process. While performing the upgrade, your old version of Windows® is backed up to a ‘windows.old’ directory. To get this space back, run the ‘Disk Cleanup’ utility which can be found at ‘Start’ -> ‘All Programs’ -> ‘Accessories’ -> ‘System Tools’ -> ‘Disk Cleanup’. Once the application launches, click on ‘Cleanup System Files’ and select the ‘Previous Windows Installations’ category. This will delete the old Windows® XP backup.

Things to keep in mind while upgrading

In the Windows® 7 package, both 32-bit and 64-bit installation discs are included. The 64-bit operating system can handle large amounts of memory – usually 4GB of RAM or more – more efficiently than the 32-bit operating system. However, not all computers are 64-bit capable. So, check whether your computer system is capable of running the 64-bit version of Windows® 7 or not before starting the installation process. This can be checked by clicking ‘Start’, right-clicking ‘My Computer’, and then clicking ‘Properties’. If you don’t see ‘x64 Edition’ listed, then you are running the 32-bit version of Windows® XP.

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