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How To Upgrade Windows XP To Windows 7 Operating System? What IsWindows Easy Transfer?

Here we have given the detail article to upgrade from Windows XP to Windows 7. Therefore, you must take a printout of this article, as you PC will restart during the installation process of Windows 7. So take a printout and follow the steps if you’re unable to return this page.
If you are going to upgrade your PC from Windows XP to Windows 7, you should select the Custom option during the installation process of Windows 7. Moreover, a custom installation is not able to preserve your programs, files and settings, because sometimes it is known as a “Clean Installation”.

At the same time, a custom installation is more complex and it will take about two hours to complete the installation. However, the article we have given is created with five-steps in order to help you through out the entire process of the Windows 7 installation.
What you should have?
• An external Hard Disk, used to move your files off of your PC before you install the Windows 7 Operating System. To make this simpler, Microsoft recommends a free download known as Windows Easy Transfer. It requires an External Hard Disk.
• Second one is the installation discs or setup files for the programs that you want to use with Windows 7, as you will need to reinstall your programs by hand after installing Windows. When you run Windows Easy Transfer, you can get a report that lists the programs which your currently use with Windows XP Operating System.
32-bit or 64-bit: Which version of Windows 7 to install?
Windows 7 package included both 32-bit and 64-bit installation discs. 64-bit Operating System is able to handle the large amount of memory, typically 4GB of RAM more efficiently than 32-Bit Operating System. At the same time, most of the Computers are not 64-Bit capable. If you want to know more about these 32-Bit and 64-Bit, visit the Microsoft site.
If you want to make sure of the Bit, just right click on My Computer and then choose Properties.
• If there is no "x64 Edition" listed, it means you’re using the 32-Bit version of Windows XP Operating System. Step 1 of this article will teach you to run the Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor. Moreover, it will let you know if your Computer is capable to run the 64-Bit version of Windows 7 Operating System.
• If "x64 Edition" is listed under System, you’re running the 64-bit version of Windows XP and can run the 64-bit version of Windows 7.
• But if there is "x64 Edition" is listed under System, you’re using the 64-Bit version of Windows XP Operating System and you can use the 64-Bit of Windows 7 Operating System.
Step 1: Download and run the Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor
First, download and run the free Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor, in order to help finding the potential compatibility problems with the Computer’s Hardware devices or programs that become constraint for installing Windows 7. Moreover, it provides a report listing any issues that it finds and gives recommendations the steps that should be taken before you upgrade to improve your Computer’s compatibility with the Windows 7 Operating System.

Steps to download and install Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor
Follow the steps
1. Go to the Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor webpage.
2. Now, click Download the Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor.
3. Then Click Download and save the installation file to your local PC.
4. Now, double click on the installation file saved to your PC.
5. As Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor requires .NET Framework 2.0, you should install the .NET. Whereas if you are not prompted to install the .NET Framework skip the steps below and proceed to step 5
o Click Yes.
o Click Next.
o If you agree to the license terms, click Install.
o Click Finish.
6. Agree to the license terms and click Install.
7. Then click on Close.

If you can see a pre-selected check box, clicking Close will run Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor.
Steps to run Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor
1. Double click on the Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor shortcut from your Desktop, in order to run it.
2. Click Yes, in the security warning dialog box.
3. Then click Start check. Now, the Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor will scan your PC’s Hardware, Devices and installed Software. This process will take a few minutes. So, when it is finished, you can get the compatibility report that you can print or save for your reference.
4. Now, read the report carefully and make note of the issues that the Upgrade Advisor finds. In addition, note the recommended steps to fix these issues.
5. Moreover, if you want to save the report and print or refer to it later, click Save Report and type a name in the File Name box and click on Save.
6. Now, click Close.
At the same time, you can scan your PC more than once because, Microsoft recommends the Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor to be scanned after taking any of the recommended steps or making any changes to your Computer’s Hardware, Devices or installed Software before upgrading to Windows 7. Remember, to save your updated report.
Step 2: Moving files and settings, and gathering your program discs
Microsoft strictly recommends Windows Easy Transfer. It is available for easy download to help you move your files and settings to another location before you install Windows 7 Operating System. Moreover, you can use Windows Easy Transfer again in order to move your files and settings back to your Computer after Windows installation is completed.
At the same time, if you don’t use Windows Easy Transfer, you have to copy your files manually to an external location like CDs, DVDs, external Hard Disk or a USB Flash drive before installing Windows 7 operating system. If you want to move them back, you can do it after the Windows installation is completed.

This Windows Easy Transfer is able to create a single file that contains your files and settings. It is too large and depends upon the amount of data we have.
If you are going to move your data from your Computer to an external storage device, you should remember these followings.
• Windows Easy Transfer is not able to move your programs, but it is able to move your files and settings.
• Once you finish the installation of Windows 7, you should reinstall all programs by hand.
• You can have a list of program that is installed in Windows XP Operating System.
• Don’t need to use File and Settings Transfer Wizard in XP to move your data files because it is not compatible with Windows 7. Still if you want to use it, you wont be able to restore your files in Windows 7. Therefore, use Easy File Transfer instead.
• At the same time, Windows Easy Transfer is not able to transfer a 64Bit version Windows to a 32Bit version of Windows. Still if you want to use from 64Bit to 32Bit, you should copy all the files manually to an external location before installing the Windows 7 Operating System.
• Windows Easy Transfer can move your music and video files, but it can’t migrate the license for the content protected by digital rights management (DRM). Therefore, you have to re-obtain the rights to DRM protected files from the online store where you got it.

Step 3: Procedure to install Windows 7
If you choose the Custom option during the installation of the OS, it means you are installing a new copy of Windows on your PC.

Important Note:
Formatting is not required during the installation of Windows 7 OS. If you still want to format your hard disk as you are upgrading the version of Windows 7, don’t use any other manufacturer program to reformat your hard disk prior to installing the Windows 7 Operating System.
Instead of doing this, you can start your PC using the Windows 7 Upgrade DVD. There you can click on Custom and then click Drive options (Advanced).
Before you start installing the OS, you should remember these followings.
• You have to connect your PC to the internet in order to get the updates during the installation. At the same time, you can install the Windows 7 Operating System without the internet connection.
• You have to update the antivirus program, run it and then turn it off. Once you finish the installation, turn on the antivirus program or install the new antivirus programs.
• You can select either the 32-Bit or 64-Bit Windows 7 installation disc as per your wish.
• You can get the 25-character Windows Product Key on the installation disc holder inside the Windows Package.

Perform a Custom installation of Windows 7
Procedure for a Custom Installation of Windows 7
1. You can do anyone of the following on the Windows XP Operating System.

o Insert the Windows 7 installation disc in the drive. Now, setup will start will automatically. If it is not started, click on Start, click My Computer and open the Windows 7 installation on your DVD drive. Then double click on the setup.exe file.
o If you have purchased and downloaded Windows 7 online, open it start your installation process.
2. Click Install now on the Installation Windows page.
3. It is recommended to get the latest updates to help and ensure the successful installation and to protect your computer against security threats.
4. Accept the license terms by clicking “I accept the license terms” and then click Next.
5. Choose Custom when you are prompted to choose the type of the installation.
6. Choose the partition that contains Windows XP and then click on Next.
7. Click OK on the Windows Old dialog box.
8. Follow the instructions to finish installing Windows 7, which include naming your computer and setting up an initial user account.
9. Steps given below are used to name the computer and setting up an initial user account.
• First, insert the Windows 7 installation disc and then turn off your computer.
• Now, restart your computer.
• As usual, press any key when you are prompted, and follow the onscreen instructions.
• Now, enter your language and other preferences and click Next, on the Install Window page.
Step 4: How to move your files and settings back to your computer.

If you finish the installation of Windows 7, you can run the Windows Easy Transfer again in order to move the files and settings back to your Computer. It is required to run Windows Easy Transfer before you reinstall the programs.

1. Ensure that the external Hard Disk or other storage device contains your Windows Easy Transfer migration file is connected to the Computer.
2. Now, click the Start Button, choose Computer, under Hard Disk Drives, and double click on your storage device.
3. Now, you have to browse the location where you have saved the Easy Transfer file, called Windows Easy Transfer. They are from old computer so double click the file.
4. If you have entered any password when created the Easy Transfer file, enter the password and click Next.
Important Note:
You can use Disc CleanUp to delete temporary files left over from your Windows 7 installation, if you receive any error message that you don’t have enough free disc space to migrate the files.
1. You can decide how the user accounts from the Windows XP should be transferred to Windows 7 from “Choose What to transfer to this computer page”.

• If you want to accept the current account mapping, click Transfer.
• If you want to change how the Windows XP accounts are mapped in Windows 7, click Advanced Options.
2. On the Your transfer is complete page, click See what was transferred to view a list of the user accounts and files that were moved from Windows XP to Windows 7. Click See a list of programs you might want to install on your new computer to view what was previously installed on Windows XP.
3. Click “See What was transferred’ in order to view a list of the User Account and file that were moved from Windows XP to Windows 7, on the “Your Transfer Is Complete” page.
4. Now, click “See a list of programs you might want to install on your new computer” in order to view what was previously installed on your Windows XP Computer.
5. Click Close and restart the computer if you are prompted.
If you have transferred more than one user account, you will be prompted to change the password next time you log on. If you are prompted to do so, just click on OK and do one of the following.
• You can give the user account a password, type a new password, retype it, and then press Enter. You don’t need to type the old password from Windows XP.
• If you don’t like to enter the password, leave the boxes empty and then press Enter.

Step 5: How to reinstall your programs and update drivers
Once you finish the Windows Easy Transfer and your files and settings are back on your computer, it is required to reinstall your programs and check for the updated drivers.

Moreover, you can get a report that is in detail about the programs you used in Windows XP that you might want to reinstall. It is offered by Windows Easy Transfer. Therefore, you need to use the installation discs or setup files that you got earlier.
At the same time, you can view more programs that are pre-installed in the system. You can choose programs that are more appropriate for you, especially new antivirus software. If you don’t have the program you can look for new programs at the Windows 7 Compatibility Center.
You can try using the Program Compatibility Troubleshooter to find the compatible programs with Windows 7 that are preinstalled in the Windows XP OS. If the Program Compatibility Troubleshooter is not able to fix this issue, you can run the program using Windows XP Mode.
Important Note:
Unfortunately, Windows Mail and Outlook Express are no longer included in the Windows 7 OS. Therefore, if you have used those services, you should have to install a new email program in order to read your messages or to send and receive E-mail.
How to Update Drivers?
It is software used for communicating computer and the hardware devices. If don’t install the driver, your hardware will not work properly. In the most of the cases, Drivers come with Windows. Otherwise, you have to find them using Windows Update and Checking for updates. If you want to do this, click the Start button, click All Programs, and then click Windows Update.

Notes about Netbooks and drivers
Some of the Netbooks and Laptops with Windows XP may not have specific drivers for Windows 7 for the features such as function buttons. If you don’t fine the drivers for Windows 7, you can visit the website of your computer manufacturer. You can get the drivers and try to install in Windows 7.

1. You can download or copy the driver installation file to your computer.
2. Then right-click the file and then click Troubleshoot compatibility.
3. Then follow the steps in the Program Compatibility troubleshooter in order to change the compatibility settings for the driver in Windows 7 Operating System.
How to Post-install clean-up (This is optional)
If you are installing Windows 7 and you don’t want to format the partition, the files were used in Windows XP will be stored in the Windows Old folder and the type of the files in the folder depends upon the Computer.
Important Notes
Before you are going to use the Disc Cleanup, make sure that all of your files and settings are moved correctly to Windows 7. Remember, you can’t undo the deleted files.

1. You have to click the Start button, then in the search box, type Disk Cleanup.
2. Then in the list of results, click Disk Cleanup to perform the Disc Clenup.
3. Choose the drive you just installed Windows 7 on, and then click OK only if you're prompted to choose a drive.
4. Now click on Clean up system files. If you're prompted for an administrator password or confirmation.
5. Then type the password or provide confirmation.
6. Here you can choose a drive in which you just installed Windows 7.
7. Now, click OK.
8. Now, you have to select Previous Windows installation(s) and any other categories that you want to delete
9. Now, Click OK and then click Delete Files.
10. All it is done.
This advanced performance lets you upgrade your Windows XP Operating System to Windows 7 Operating System.


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