How to upgrade to Microsoft® Windows® 7 professional from Microsoft® Windows® XP?
What are the requirements for upgrading Windows XP to Windows 7 Professional?
The need for upgrading Windows XP to Windows 7 professional depends on your requirements. If you are using Windows XP, but you also want to enjoy the features and applications of Windows 7 without losing your data and programs stored in Windows XP you can upgrade your computer to Windows 7 Professional. You can upgrade Windows XP to Windows 7 by using upgradation tool. This feature enables you to enjoy the application of both Windows 7 and Windows XP. One of the advantages of upgradation is that you can utilize both the applications of Windows. During the upgradation process you should select ‘Custom’ installation. This will take a couple of hours. Before installing Windows 7 you should move all the files stored in our Windows XP to some external storage. You may download Windows Easy Transfer and it will work as external hard disk to store the data. This will helps to create additional storage in your PC. Once the installation process is completed you have to re-install all the programs that were installed in Windows XP. If you are using Windows Easy Transfer it will generate a list of the programs that run on Windows XP. Windows XP that you are running may be 32 bit or 64bit. Depending on that we can choose either 32 bit or 64 bit Windows 7 should be upgraded.
Following are steps that should be keep in mind while upgrading Windows 7 Professional from Windows XP as follows:
- Check the system requirement
- Move files, programs to external drive
- Move your files back to your computer
Check the system requirement
First of all you have to make sure that the system meets the hardware requirements. The devices, hardware and programs should be compatible with the windows 7.Then only we can upgrade to Windows 7 Professional. Microsoft released Windows 7 upgrade advisor .We can check the system capability through the Window Upgrade advisor. It can be downloaded from its Microsoft website. After installing it you can run Windows upgrade advisor to see whether it support Windows 7. If we made any changes in the program or hardware, run the Windows Upgrade Advisor again.
Move files, programs to external drive
The next step that should keep in mind is to create a backup copy of all the files or programs. It can be done by using Windows Easy Transfer, a free download. It is a free external hard drive. To this hard drive you can move all your files and programs. If we are not using this facility then we can move the files to a CD, DVD or any other external devices. Once you complete the upgradation reinstall the entire program that was copied to the external device.
After installing Windows 7, you should not forget to reinstall all the programs back to the system. For that you should run Windows Easy Transfer. It will restore all the files back to your computer. Then reinstall all the programs. Another thing is that while reinstalling all the files sometimes you will get an error message showing there is no sufficient memory .In that cases you can perform disk clean up, it will delete all the temporary files that was left during installation of Windows 7. After all these process, restart your computer.
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