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

How to upgrade from XP to Windows 7 the easy way

If you have Windows XP on your computer, you will have to completely replace Windows XP with Windows 7.  Before you begin, make sure you have the original installation disks for your programs.  This is all the programs that you have installed over the many years that you have been using Windows XP. For example, MS Office or any games that you might have installed.  After you install Windows 7, you will need to manually reinstall your programs and restore your personal files and settings.  Follow my steps below to learn how to upgrade from XP to Windows 7 the easy way. Windows 7 upgrade is so easy even a cave man can do it!  So push on, move out and have fun doing it.

 

 

 

Follow these five steps to see how to upgrade from XP to Windows 7 the easy way

Step 1: Do The Checks

Does your existing computer hardware meet or exceeds the requirements for Windows 7? Windows XP has been running on computers for many years and your computer hardware could be too old for Windows 7. Take a look at Microsoft's suggested system requirements:

  • 1 GHz processor (32- or 64-bit) 
  • 1 GB of RAM (32-bit); 2 GB of RAM (64-bit) 
  • 16 GB of available disk space 32-bit operating system (most people use this one) 
  • 20 GB of available disk space 64-bit operating system 
  • DirectX 9 graphics device with WDDM 1.0 or higher driver 

Windows Upgrade Advisor Windows 7 can check your computer to see if it will run Windows 7. I really like using this too cause it works really well.  So download it for free and find out quick and easy if you can run Windows 7.

 

Step 2: Back It Up... Or Lose It....forever

Good data backups is something that we all believe we should have and do. However, the truth is....most of us just simply procrastinate on getting backups done.  When upgrading to Windows 7 from XP a clean install is being done. Your personal files, custom settings, programs you have installed and your data documents will not be saved or carry over automatically for you. You will have to back them up manually to an external hard drive or to a USB flash drive. 

Or by using Windows Easy Transfer program. Down load the latest version of it from Microsoft from here http://windows.microsoft.com/windows-easy-transfer

Windows Easy Transfer tool

Or you can find it on the Windows 7 DVD that you received from Microsoft. Browse to the folder named " support " and then to " migwiz " on your Windows 7 disk. Find and double click on " migsetup.exe " file. Windows Easy Transfer tool will start up.

windows easy transfer tool 2 migsetup.exe

 

Don't forget to grab your personal files from these folders:

  • My Documents 
  • My Music 
  • My Pictures 
  • Is this your work PC ? What about your projects folders and files? 
  • IE favorites and Firefox bookmarks 
  • Any files and folders that you have saved under other folder names
    and under other installed program folders 
  • Are you using MS Exchange or Outlook Express email...address
    and contact information and any email you have saved on your computer?
     

Important: take your time with step 2, better right than sorry that you missed something important....forever!

Step 3: Gather The Install Discs For Your Programs

You'll need to manually reinstall your programs in Windows 7, such as Microsoft Office or any other software programs or games that you personally installed in Windows XP.  Gather the installation discs for your programs and any associated product/license keys or serial numbers.  You might be able to download some programs from the Internet.  Set these aside for now until after your Windows 7 installation is complete.  Than you will be able to install your software programs you had in XP into Windows 7.  In some cases you might have to upgrade to the latest version of a software program or game in order for it to work properly in Windows 7. 

 

Life is Good when you are running Windows 7 Operating System.  It's fast, it's stable and
best of all it's user friendly.



Step 4: What About Those Crazy Drivers?

See Step 4 and 5 "The Great Install" on the next page in part 2 of How to upgrade from XP to Windows 7 the easy way.

 
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