Perform a smooth migration from Windows® XP® to Windows® 7
Windows 7 is expected to prove itself as one of the best operating systems released by Microsoft as unofficial beta version fulfills the promise of being good. Although the percentage of users who believe Windows Vista is good is less, there are users who still rely on the eight-year-old Windows Vista predecessor Windows XP.
However, most analyst suggest that now it is time that Windows XP users can also consider migrating to Windows 7. Here is a guide which can help you smoothly migrate from Windows XP to latest operating system.
Which version of Windows 7 is suitable for you?
Windows 7 has both 32-bit and 64-bit installation discs. A 64-bit operating system can handle 4GB RAM, however, all the computers are not capable of 64-bit.
To check, right click on My Computer and click Properties. If you don't see “x64 Edition” listed, then you are running the 32-bit version of Windows XP. If “x64 Edition” is listed under System, then it means that you are running 64-bit version of Windows XP and can run the 64-bit version of Windows 7.
How to check the compatibility?
If you want to check the compatibility of Windows 7 with your computer’s hardware, devices, or programs that you are running,download and run Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor that is available for free on the Microsoft website.
It also provides you with the guidance to resolve the issues you confront and recommends you what you should do before you upgrade.
Moving files and settings
Windows Easy Transfer helps you to move system or application settings and data. The tool assists you in copying your files, photos, music, emails, settings, and more from a computer running Windows XP to a system running Windows 7.
Windows Easy Transfer supports transfers using any of the following methods:
USB Easy Transfer Cable
Removable media (such as a USB flash drive or external hard disk)
Installing Windows 7
To start with the installation process, connect your PC to the Internet so that you can install updates during the process. Choose either the 32-bit or 64-bit Windows 7 installation disc, depending on your system requirements.
To start the installation, click Start> My Computer. Open the Windows 7 installation disc on your DVD drive, and then double-click setup.exe.
Click install now, on the Install Windows page. On the ‘Which type of installation do you want?’ page, click Custom. Choose the partition containing Windows XP, and then click Next. In the Windows dialog box, click OK.
Moving your files and settings back
Once the installation is over, the user can run Windows Easy Transfer again to move the files and settings back to the computer.
Make sure that you have run Windows Easy Transfer before you reinstall your programs.
Make sure that the external hard disk or other storage device containing Windows Easy Transfer Migration file is connected to the computer. Click the Start button, click Computer, and under Hard Disk Drives, double-click your storage device. Browse to the location where you saved the Easy Transfer file.
Then you can select “Choose what to transfer to this computer” page. A user can decide the medium to transfer user account from Windows XP to Windows 7.
Reinstall programs once your files and settings are back on your computer.