Windows XP to Windows 7


Old 01-16-11, 05:59 PM
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Windows XP to Windows 7

I'm wondering if I can upgrade to windows 7 using the "Windows 7 Home Premium Upgrade" for XP?



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Old 01-16-11, 06:57 PM
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Yes you can. However, it will not be an exact upgrade where all your stuff and programs are intact. You will need to back up everything as thought you were doing a fresh install. Then when your finished with the install you will have to reinstall all your programs.

It is a good way to save $100+ though.
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During the install process (even with the "upgrade" disk that you purchased) you'll be given an option to do a clean install. This will whipe your computer and delete everything. This is the best way to do it so you get a fresh system without possibly inheriting old problems. However, this assumes you have a way to back up all your important files and have reinstallation disks for all your programs.

Another more advanced option, if you so choose, is to dual-boot: Install Win7 on a different partition than your current winxp. This requires either a spare hard drive or a spare partition on your existing hard drive, which you can create with software like Partition Magic by Powerquest out of unused space (not sure if there is a free alternative). If you choose this option by pointing the win7 installation a partition other than your winxp, when you boot your computer you'll be given a menu selecting whether you want winxp or win7. This will let you have the best of both worlds (I guess) by keeping your winxp intact with all files/programs but also let you play with win7.

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