Upgrading Windows XP to Windows 7 - Part 1

Uploaded by HelpDeskTV on 21.09.2010

Thank you for joining us today. I’m Rudy Stebih and welcome to Episode 11 – Upgrading
Windows XP to Windows 7, Part 1 here on Help Desk TV.
While Windows Vista allows you to perform an in-place upgrade to Windows 7, Windows
XP does not, so you’ll need to use a built-in utility on the Windows 7 DVD disc called ‘Windows
Easy Transfer’ to transfer your documents and settings from your XP-based PC to a backup
location first. Please note that ‘Windows Easy Transfer’
does not back up your applications, so you will need to reinstall those manually after
you’ve installed Windows 7. After you’ve completed the backup on your
Windows XP machine, you perform a clean install of Windows 7 on the PC and then use Windows
Easy Transfer again to transfer everything back.
Part I in this series, we will go through the steps on how to backup your documents
and settings. Here’s how it all works: On your Windows XP machine, insert your Windows
7 Setup DVD disc. And cancel any auto-run window that may appear.
Open My Computer and right-click on the Windows 7 Setup DVD drive and choose Open. Then, navigate
to \support\migwiz . Double click migsetup.exe The Windows Easy Transfer utility will now
start up. Click Next and Windows Easy Transfer will
now ask you how you want to transfer your items to your new computer. Here you will
have the options to choose between an Easy Transfer Cable, transferring your files to
a network drive, or what we will use in this case, a USB-attached external storage device.
Click this option to move on. Windows Easy Transfer now asks if this is
your old computer. So go ahead and select this option.
Windows Easy Transfer now scans the user accounts on your PC for data to back up.
When the scanning process is complete, the wizard will show you how much space the data
from each user account will take up. You can click the ‘Customize’ link under each
account to customize what will be backed up. For additional customization, click the ‘Advanced’
link at the bottom of the pop up window. An explorer-like window will pop up allowing
you to individually select or deselect content that will be backed up. When you’re done,
click Save. And then ‘Next’ to move on. You are now prompted to provide a password
for the Easy Transfer file that will be created. This step is NOT optional, so make sure you
remember the password in this step. Or you’ll have to start the process all over again.
Once you’ve entered your password, click Save to continue.
You are now prompted to save your Easy Transfer file. A USB-attached external storage device
is the ideal solution for this step. In this example, we have a USB drive located on Drive
E:. Select the drive of your choice, click ‘Open’, and then click ‘Save’. Windows
Easy Transfer now begins to save your files and settings.
Click ‘Next’ when the backup process completes to have a confirmation window display after
the file transfer process. Click ‘Next’ again and finally ‘Close’ when ready.
Once this process is complete, it would be advisable to use whatever backup utility you
have to back up your entire Windows XP PC. This backup would not allow you to restore
your XP machine if all goes awry, but would provide you with access to some critical data
that the Easy Transfer Wizard may have missed. Now it’s time to perform a clean install
of Windows 7 on your Windows XP-based PC. Place your Windows 7 Setup DVD into your DVD
drive if it’s not already there, and re-boot your PC. Follow the instructions on the accompanying
screens to complete the install of Windows 7. On a later how-to, we will document how
to perform a clean Windows 7 install. In Part 2 of this series will begin the process
of restoring your documents & settings files that were backed up from your Windows XP system.
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