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What is the upgrade path from XP to Windows 7?

What is the upgrade path from XP to Windows 7?

There was never any direct upgrade path from Windows XP to Windows 7. You have to do what Microsoft calls a “custom installation” which is what is more commonly called a “clean install.”

Can I upgrade Win XP to Win 7?

As a punishment, you can’t upgrade directly from XP to 7; you have to do what’s called a clean install, which means you have to jump through some hoops to keep your old data and programs. Not to worry, we’ll show you a couple ways to deal with the pain of installing Windows 7 on your XP machine.

How do I upgrade from Windows XP to Windows 7 Service Pack 3?

Here are the steps:

  1. Run Windows Upgrade Advisor ( ) to see if there are any known issues that might affect the installation and whether you can install the 32 or 64 bit version of Windows 7.
  2. Back up your files and settings.

Can I get a free upgrade from Windows XP to Windows 7?

Windows 7 will not automatically upgrade from XP, which means that you have to uninstall Windows XP before you can install Windows 7. And yes, that’s just about as scary as it sounds. Moving to Windows 7 from Windows XP is a one-way street — you can’t return to your old version of Windows.

How do I install Windows 7 on an old computer?

To upgrade from Windows XP to Windows 7, known as a “clean install,” follow these steps.

  1. Run Windows Easy Transfer on your Windows XP PC.
  2. Rename your Windows XP drive.
  3. Insert the Windows 7 DVD into your DVD drive and restart your PC.
  4. Click Next.
  5. Click the Install Now button.

Can I make a Windows 7 install disc from my computer?

The Windows USB/DVD download tool is a free utility from Microsoft that will allow you to burn the Windows 7 download to disc or create a bootable USB drive. At this point, you have now replaced your misplaced Windows install disc with either another disc or a bootable Windows 7 USB drive!