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What do I need to know about Windows 7 before upgrading?
Asked by adfm
Posted Sep 21 2009 12:48 PM
I'm about to upgrade my Windows XP box to Windows 7, skipping Vista completely. Is there anything I should know prior to installation that would make the process less painful?
Answered by blackbear
Posted Oct 06 2009 06:17 AM
I just did such an upgrade. Be aware that there is really no "upgrade" path from XP to Windows 7, you need to do a full install. If you used NTFS under XP, the install can run without a reformat, moving your old WINDOWS directory to something like WINDOWS.OLD, but you're going to need to reinstall all your applications, device drivers, etc.
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Answered by cipcug advisor
Posted Nov 09 2009 11:27 AM
While Windows.old will have all your old files, you will lose a lot of your settings if you just do the "Upgrade." XP has a built-in File & Settings Transfer wizard (in Accessories\System Tools which you can use to transfer most of your settings.
Even better is the Windows Easy Tranfer for Windows XP which can be downloaded at:
You'll need another drive (flash, USB or second internal) to save your settings to.