Upgrading from Windows XP to Windows 7

Uploaded by pcunleashed on 17.10.2010

Upgrading from Windows XP to Windows 7 in 10 Easy Steps
The following is a quick tutorial on how to upgrade your Windows OS from XP to Windows
7. Since only Vista offers a direct upgrade, there are a few extra steps involved. But
it’s not too onerous, even if you’re tech-challenged. There are essentially 10 easy steps.
1. First, purchase a copy of Windows 7 on disc, or download it if you’re savvy enough
to burn the resulting image to your own blank disc.
2. We next need to open the Windows Easy Transfer application. It’s on the disc you just bought
or burned. Go to Support > Migwiz > and open migsetup.exe.
3. Now, connect a external hard drive that’s large enough to accommodate all your documents
and settings. Choose the External Hard Disk option and select “This is my old computer”
4. The application will scan your computer, and you can customize what you want to transfer.
Click Save and locate your external hard drive to get the process rolling.
5. Once that’s done, head over to your Windows 7 install dialog, which should have popped
up when you inserted the disc, or you can simply browse the disc and open setup.exe.
6. Since you can’t do a direct upgrade, choose the Custom installation. Just select
your Windows XP partition, and you’re golden. Keep in mind that this WILL erase your partition,
so don’t do it unless you mean it.
7. Now, boot up your computer into your brand new Windows 7 environment.
8. Are you up and running in Win7? Good. Now let’s add back all those documents and settings.
Go to Start > All Programs > Accessories > System Tools > and then finally, choose
Windows Easy Transfer.
9. Once that’s open, choose This is My New Computer. Navigate to the saved file on your
external drive, and you’re off.
10. As a final step, you then have to reinstall your old programs. And that’s it. You just
did a clean install of Windows 7, and you kept all your data in the process.
So, best of luck to you, and happy computing.