Do I want to upgrade From Windows XP to Windows 7? #WinXPMigration
Consider this: If you are able to upgrade to Win 8 instead, you will receive about 3 more years of support by upgrading to Win 8.
Win 7 support ends January 14, 2020, while Win 8 support ends January 10, 2023. Three extra
years before dealing with another upgrade.
Can you keep programs & data? Look at the chart here. You probably should check with the manufacturer of each software package also in order to verify compatibility and support.
You may be able to move your data with the help of Windows Easy Transfer, or move both software and data with Laplink’s PCMover. PCMover assists in moving software and data during an upgrade from XP to Win 7 or 8 but be aware, it is not perfect and some of your software may not run on a newer version of Windows. Otherwise, plan on re-installing your applications and data manually.
If you need XP compatibility for software you are currently running, some versions of Win 7 ( Professional, Enterprise, Ultimate ) can run XP Mode. Another alternative is to run a Virtual PC under Win 7 or Win 8.
If have decided that Win 7 is your best option, the first thing is to ensure that your current hardware is up to the task. Does your current PC meet Microsoft’s Win 7 hardware requirements? Run this program from Microsoft or download this to find out.
If your hardware meets the requirements, decide which version of Windows 7 meets your requirements. Some versions allow further updates to Win 8 only from certain versions of Win 7. Your update to any given Win 7 version may be allowed from only certain Win XP versions. You may be offered different types of upgrades such as in-place, custom or from-scratch. You may only be allowed one of the above. You may be able to bring along programs, data, or none of the above. “Custom Install” will be the most viable option in upgrading from Win XP to Win 7. See this chart and information in order to help make your decision. Figure out the best version of Win 7 before buying. You may even find that Win 8 is a better fit. Best to find out now.
Windows 7 is available in a 32-bit version and also a 64-bit version. How do I know which to buy? Examine the reports generated by Belac Advisor or the Windows Upgrade Advisor. Or you may click Start , then right-click My Computer. If the new window indicates “x64” anywhere on the page, you have a 64-bit system, If no “x64” you have a 32-bit system. Buy your new version of Windows 7 accordingly. Note that 32-bit will run on 64-bit hardware, but 64-bit will NOT run on 32-bit hardware. When you have decided on the correct version of Windows 7 for your needs, obtain a copy of Win 7 and begin the installation process.
Microsoft has published detailed upgrade directions in this PDF or you may go to this web site. Print out both the page you are reading now and the PDF in order to have a reference as you work through the upgrade process.
Microsoft’s PDF directions above are the way to go, here is a quick overview:
First off, ensure that Win XP is updated and that your antivirus program is updated.
Then back up your data and setup as shown here.
While those backups are running, make good use of your time. Get out your product manuals and installation media for programs you have purchased and added later such as MS Office, Verify that you have media and product keys for everything.
Are your current programs Win7-friendly? Check at the Win 7 Compatibility Center.
Some programs, especially the really expensive ones, may allow only 1 product activation! These programs may have a special uninstall procedures allowing de-activation/re-activation. You may be expected to contact the manufacturer’s support helpline to complete a special procedure for de-activating and re-installing/re-activating. This may require that you contact software support prior to uninstalling or de-activating the software. Skip this step and you may have to spend hours on the phone with support or worse yet, you may have to pay big bucks for another copy of your software. Ouch! MS Office, Visio, Dragon Naturally Speaking, some Adobe products along with many others may fall into this category. Check the documentation to ensure you are following the correct procedure.
Another option? Use LapLink’s PCMover to move your programs and data from the current XP installation to the upgraded Win 7 installation on the same PC. Look on the Laplink website for instructions.
Make a list of your PC’s hardware, software and product keys. The free-for-personal-use Belarc Advisor works well for this and there are other similar programs. Store the files externally and make a printed copy. Not only can you save your product keys to a file on an external hard drive, it is a good idea to get a printout from Belarc Advisor – you’ll appreciate it while completing one of the later steps.
After your backups are done and verified, and you have ensured that you have multiple backups of your data, uninstall your programs if required by the manufacturer.
Now it’s time to do the upgrade.
Turn off your antivirus program.
Insert Your Windows 7 Installation Disc and run the installation program.
Select Custom Installation, Windows will normally be installed to Drive C:.
If you see error messages, refer to the Microsoft PDF. A common error is that the hard drive needs to be reformatted to NTFS.
When the installation is complete, get the latest security updates: Click Start | Control Panel | Windows Update. This could take a while, you’ll need an Internet connection for the downloads. A reboot may be required.
Copy your data files and settings back to the new setup using either Windows Easy Transfer or manually if required.
Reinstall your programs.
Ensure your antivirus is installed and running, as well as the firewall.
Update device drivers if required.
Look for your old stuff in C:\Windows.old.
How do I get my older programs to run correctly under Windows 7? See what Microsoft has to say about this.
Lastly, activate your copy of Windows 7 if it hasn’t been already. #XPocalypseNOW no longer an issue.
Enjoy your new Windows 7 installation. Windows XP Migration was easy.
Questions? Hit the Comment box.