Upgrade Windows® XP to Windows® 7
Comprehensive guide to Upgrading Windows® XP to Windows® 7 operating system
If you want to upgrade your PC from Windows® XP to Windows® 7, you have multiple options to choose from. Before you upgrade you need to decide on what type of install you want to opt for, need to know the system requirements and right versions that would be compatible to your existing Windows® XP operating system.
Hence, make sure you are aware of following points and keep in mind:
- Type of install
- Devices you need
- Which version of Windows® 7
Type of install
When you are upgrading from Windows® XP to Windows® 7, you can select from two types of install. Either you choose Clean install or a Custom install. A Clean install is that install in which users can wipe out the hard drive clean in order to install the virgin copy of Windows® 7 operating system. Afterwards, they need to reinstall other software and transferred all the data back to the hard drive. Else, users may opt for a Custom install. In Custom install, users can move the older setup to a folder called WINDOWS.OLD. This folder includes all your program files. However, no programs can be run from this folder, rather this folder will only store all the data files. Users are advised not to rely in this sole backup location before upgrading from Windows® XP to Windows® 7.
Devices you need
First of all, you need an external hard disk to meet your backup plan. Move all your important data from your PC prior to installing Windows® 7. Microsoft recommends a free download of Windows Easy Transfer that requires an external hard disk. These hard disks are now easily available in all electronics or office device/components stores. These disks provide vast and equal storage space of your hard disks to accommodate all your data and files. Another important thing that you need is the setup files or original installation disks to reinstall all programs after upgrading to Windows® 7 OS from Windows® XP.
You have two options when you want to upgrade the OS from Windows® XP to Windows® 7 and these are 32-bit and 64-bit. Both 64-bit and 43-bit installation disks are inclusive of the Windows® 7 package. While 64-bit operating system is able to handle larger mass of memory which is 4GB of RAM or even more than a 32-bit operating system.