Upgrading Windows® XP to Windows® 7 Home Premium
How does one upgrade Windows XP to Windows 7 Home Premium?
Windows XP is an operating system provided by Windows. Operating system up-gradation in your system is required in two situations. First, when the system performance is slow and second when one intends to improve the system performance by adding more functionalities. You could either upgrade to any of the higher versions of XP or to different versions such as Windows Vista or Windows 7. To upgrade from Windows XP to Windows 7 Home Premium, you need to choose the 'Custom' option during the new operating system installation process. A 'Custom installation' option prevents you from storing files. This is because custom installation is also known as clean installation process. If you are choosing Windows 7 up-gradation, Windows easy transfer would let you to move the movies and folders to any other location before installing Windows 7. If you are not using this option, manual changing is also available to back up the files and folders. If you have downloaded the correct version of the Operating System, you could start the installation process. Choose the 'Install' option and then select the 'Custom' option. If any types of error messages appear during the installation, use the 'Command' prompt to fix those errors. The main difference between Windows XP and Windows 7 is the user interface. Windows XP offers a less complex user interface and even a beginner could work with Windows 7. Each of the applications including the basic things such as taskbar, desktop etc is improved in Windows 7.
Things to look out for during Windows XP up-gradation in your system:
- Enough memory capacity
- Download from proper website
- Remember to back up files
Enough memory capacity
Whatever the version of the operating system to which you are going to upgrade Windows XP, you need sufficient memory capacity. An insufficient memory capacity might automatically stop the installation process in your system. Then, you may need reinstallation. In order to avoid such problems, you should check whether the memory capacity is suitable for up-gradation. If it isn't, upgrade the memory.
Download from proper website
If you upgrade the operating system by downloading the upgraded versions from the Internet, the chance of errors is more. You might be misleaded to some types of wrong up-gradations and they might damage your system itself. So, always use the Microsoft website to upgrade to the correct version of the operating system.
If you choose the 'Custom installation' option to upgrade the operating system, all the files in the XP operating system would be lost. You could never recover them. So, if any of the important files are there in the existing operating system, remember to back up those files and folders.
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