Install Windows® 7 on Windows® XP®
What are the various issues that may arise while installing Windows 7 on Windows XP?
Windows 7 Operating System does not allow users to upgrade from Windows XP Operating System. But using a Windows 7 DVD, you can install it on your Windows XP machine. This method helps to preserve your existing Windows XP files but does not provide backup and transfer of files and programs. For installing to Windows 7 over Windows XP, perform the following steps. Open Windows 7 DVD and go to support/migwiz. Click the migsetup.exe file now appearing. You get Easy Transfer option. Click the Next button and select external hard disk or USB flash drive. Then, click the option 'This is my old computer'. It will then check for the files that can be transmitted. After scanning, select the files that you need to transfer. Give a password for the easy transfer file and click 'save'. It will get saved to either external hard disk or USB flash drive. Close it and browse and open Windows 7 set-up. Then double-click setup.exe file. Click on 'Install Now' option and click go on to the online updates.
The problems in installing Windows 7 in Windows XP and steps to fix are given below:
- Not getting Windows 7
- Endless reboot
- Invalid product key
Not getting Windows 7
Sometimes, the user finds that they cannot login to Windows 7 Operating System even after installing Windows 7 on Windows XP mode. This may happen if he didn’t install the Windows 7 Operating System properly. If any of the installation files is missed, he cannot run Windows 7 Operating System over Windows XP mode. If you do not have Windows 7, uninstall it and install it again. Restart the computer. The problem will get solved.
Another problem that you are facing with the upgrading Windows 7 Operating System on Windows XP is the issue of endless reboots. This bug appears most frequently and you find it annoying. You will be getting error messages like "Windows 7 installation doesn’t complete" and "Windows XP system should be restored". When you upgrade again, the same thing happens again. You can fix this problem by resetting the booting parameters using the command prompt.
Invalid product key
The use of bad or invalid keys prevents you from accessing Windows 7 Operating System. This problem happens when you are trying to install Windows 7 on a formatted drive. The computer thinks that it is being installed as the new Operating System. Then, your product key will not be recognized or accepted by your system. Solution is simple. You need a Windows XP Operating System at the booting time.
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