Windows® ME to Windows® 7
Windows® ME and the steps in installing Windows® 7
Since Windows® ME is not supported anymore by Microsoft® since 2006; there are many considerations that you would have to make if you want to take that drastic step of moving from Windows® ME to Windows® 7. The user before proceeding with the installation process should check for all the system requirements that are needed to install Windows® 7. There could be a variety of aspects and elements missing in Windows® ME that could make it harder for someone to install Windows® 7 directly over it.
Here are some of the considerations you can do:
- Consider upgrading first to XP
- Upgrade advisor
- Upgrade to Windows 7
Consider upgrading first to Windows® XP
The benefit of upgrading Windows® XP is that you will be able to analyze the installation requirements and address them before getting into a drastic upgrade. Go and check the memory of your PC, the hard drive capacity and see to it that you have an ample hard drive space and RAM. Update your BIOS and backup all your information for safety. You can easily go ahead with an upgrade from Windows® ME to Windows® XP. Once you have upgraded to Windows® XP, go ahead and prepare your system for the next step. Make sure that you have installed the latest Service Packs for Windows® XP as it is important.
Use the Upgrade advisor to analyze the system on your PC. Using the Upgrade advisor, you will understand the limitations of your PC and the various programs that might not work well with the new OS. It will also check the hard drive capacity of your PC and the RAM capacity. If you have very little of capacity consider upgrading them first to a bigger capacity to ensure reliable installation and usage of the new OS. You can now go to the installation for Windows 7.
Upgrading to Windows® 7 is good if you have some settings that you want to carry over to the new OS. You need to check if you are using 32-Bit or 64-bit and buy the right program accordingly. Go ahead and start installation. The thing with upgrading from Windows® XP to Windows® 7 is that you need to do a custom installation. You need to make a backup and change the settings as per your needs and requirements. Once you finished installation, update your drivers, install the programs you need and then get your data backup to your PC.