Upgrade Windows® 7 from Windows® XP
What is the need and requirements of upgrading Windows 7 from Windows XP?
Windows XP is a relatively old operating system but it is still very popular among all kinds of users. Windows XP is light on system resources and very simple to use. However, over time, many better Windows based operating systems have come out. One among them is Windows 7. Windows 7 is better than Windows XP in all aspects. Windows 7 comes with features such as Windows Aero, Windows Search, Windows Defender etc. Windows 7 would also make your system more stable than Windows XP and less susceptible to crashes as this OS is relatively free off bugs. Upgrading to Windows 7 also has the added advantage that Windows XP specific malware would not infect the system. Windows 7 also has extended support from Microsoft and any issues with the OS can be easily resolved. In order to upgrade Windows XP installed on your system to Windows 7, the system must at least have 1 GHz processor, 1 GB of RAM, 16 GB of available hard disk space, and DirectX 9 capable graphics device. Windows XP installed on your system can be upgraded to Windows 7, either via online upgrade means or with the help of an installation disk of Windows 7.
Following details give users more information regarding tips to upgrade Windows XP to Windows 7:
- Backup all data
- Find all drivers
- Use upgrade advisor
Backup all data
Before upgrading Windows XP to Windows 7, users are recommended to backup all of the important data on the system. The backup must ideally include setup files of all applications installed on the system as well as working drivers of Windows XP. This should be always done so that even if some major problems do come up with the upgrade, the data would be safe and that drivers can be used even if a Windows XP reinstall becomes necessary.
Find all drivers
Although, basic drivers would get installed with OS upgrade, the high performance components on your computer would require high performance drivers. Windows XP users upgrading to Windows 7 are therefore recommended to find and download all of the drivers so that they can be easily installed after completing the upgrade process. Without correct Windows 7 drivers, the system would not function properly and produce the desired results.
Microsoft provides a free utility known as Windows 7 upgrade Advisor, that can be used to check the compatibility of the system with the Windows 7. The upgrade advisor scans the system and notifies users about the compatibility of Windows 7 with the applications installed on the system. The Windows 7 upgrade advisor would also give information regarding the physical upgrades (such as RAM) that need to be carried out before the upgrade. The upgrade process of Windows XP to Windows 7 must only be undertaken after meeting with requirements of the upgrade advisor utility.
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