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How to upgrade from XP to Windows 7
the easy way. Part 2


Step 4: What About Those Crazy Drivers?

Windows 7 may need a newer software driver in order for some of your hardware to work. The two drivers that I had to download the latest for from the Internet were Video and Audio.  So just to be on the safe side I suggest you download the latest hardware drivers for these two devices.  Also any other drivers that you think you might perhaps your NIC card network interface driver.  Always remember nothing is guaranteed during an new operating system installation. 




Step 5: The Great Install

You are now ready for the great install of Windows 7. Insert Windows 7 DVD and restart your computer.  You may need to enable ' Boot From DVD' in your BIOS first if the DVD does not boot Windows 7 DVD.   OK, Boot from the DVD and follow the prompts to install Windows 7.

When asked "Which type of installation do you want?" click "Custom (advanced)."

 Windows 7 Installation window

Then choose the system drive as the partition you would like to set up Windows 7.  Remember that this was the partition that you had Windows XP installed on which was your C:


Wait for the installation to complete.  This may take a while depending on how fast a computer you have to run Windows 7.    Congratulations you have just installed Windows 7. 


What Do I Do Next ?

Ok, Now that you have Windows 7 installed and running, it's time to do some real work.   Right off the bat you need to secure your new Windows 7 operating system with an Anti Virus program.  Since you have already spent enough money on Windows 7...can I suggest a FREE anti program for you.  And a dam good one at that too!  It would be AVG.  And did I mention that it is free too.  Go here to download AVG.

The Quick and Dirty Install Steps (Steps that have been ZIPPED)

Anyone with a valid, licensed copy of Windows 2000, XP, or Vista qualifies for any Upgrade version of Windows 7.  However, only Vista users can do an in-place upgrade, which is the install type for which Windows 7 Upgrade media is optimized. If you're an XP user or a Windows 2000 user there's no way to do an in-place upgrade. So for XP or 2000 users you have to perform a manaul (do it all yourself) migration, which consists of three steps:

1. Backup your crucial data and settings using Windows Easy Transfer (it's on the Windows 7 Setup DVD or download it from and make note of the applications that are installed, because you'll have to manually reinstall them again after the fact.  Did you get that one, you'll have to manually reinstall them again after your Windows 7 installation is completed.

2. Perform a clean install of Windows 7 using the Upgrade media.

3. Restore your crucial data and settings using Windows Easy Transfer and then reinstall your applications.

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