Upgrading from Windows® XP Pro to Windows® 7
Do you want to upgrade Windows XP Pro installed on your computer to Windows 7?
Windows XP was released many years ago but the popularity of the OS has not come down one bit. Windows XP is still widely used as the OS is light on system resources and extremely simple to use. Windows XP Pro is one of the most popular of the versions of the OS. However, many operating systems better than Windows XP Pro has come up. Windows 7 is the latest operating system from Microsoft and this is far superior to any previous Windows based OS. If your computer is operating on Windows XP Pro, it is highly recommended that the OS be upgraded to the latest Windows 7. Windows 7 would make your system more stable and secure compared to Windows XP Pro. Windows 7 would not be infected by older types of malware as Microsoft has removed all security vulnerabilities from this OS. Windows 7 would also extract better performance from the hardware components and the overall efficiency of the system would be increased manifold. After upgradation, users can also make use of features such as Windows Defender, Windows Aero, Windows Gadgets, Windows Search and so on. Microsoft also provides an option to upgrade Windows XP Pro to Windows 7 via online means and this means that users need not even have the installation disk of the Windows 7 OS for upgrade.
Following details mentioned below give users more information regarding tips to upgrade Windows XP Pro to Windows 7:
- Verify compatibility
- Find drivers
- Remove all malware
All users upgrading Windows XP Pro installed on their systems to latest Windows 7 OS are advised to check and verify the compatibility of the operating system with the hardware components within the system. This can be done using the Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor utility. Installing and running this tool would provide users with detailed information regarding the compatibility of the OS with respect to the hardware components and software installed on the system. Users must always make sure that the system is totally compatible with Windows 7 OS and if required upgrade (components such as RAM or graphics card) of the components must be done.
Drivers are the communication link between the operating system and the hardware components. As different operating systems require different drivers, all Windows XP Pro users upgrading the OS to Windows 7 are recommended to find the correct drivers for the system before the OS upgrade so that the drivers can be readily installed on the system to make the computer fully functional.
Before starting with any procedures related to the upgradation of Windows XP Pro to Windows 7, users must ensure that the system is totally clean off malware. If malware are present within the system, it is very likely that they would infect the system files being upgraded and cause corruption of the OS. An updated antivirus program or malware removal tool such as Norton Antivirus/ Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware must be used for this purpose.
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