Solved: Upgrading from Windows XP to Window 7

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DarrinSav

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Well, Finally going to move to Windows 7, I have ran the Windows 7 advisor and everything checks out fine, No conflicts. The only thing is I'm going to have to do a clean install, I have never done this so I need some help. Can some one give me step by step directions or If possible link a video to help me out so I don't screw this up.
 
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Remember to back up all your files!
When you do a clean install, the hard drive is formatted and wiped clean.
Items you might want to keep:
-browser bookmarks
-email contacts (and messages if you want to keep them)
-passwords
-other items like pictures, videos,MP3s
-anything else you want to keep
 

DarrinSav

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I had the HDD replaces around a month ago so there isn't anything on there that I can't download. My main concern was making sure I clicked on the right buttons when asked questions. I have never done this before.
 

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Before you format the hard drive and do a clean install of Windows 7, do the following:

Right-click MY COMPUTER, then click Properties - Hardware - Device Manager.

Advise what's listed in these headings:

Display Adapters

IDE ATA/ATAPI Controllers

Network Adapters

Sound Video And Game Controllers

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Is that computer a desktop or a laptop/notebook?

What's its brand name, model name, and model number?

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I had the HDD replaces around a month ago so there isn't anything on there that I can't download. My main concern was making sure I clicked on the right buttons when asked questions. I have never done this before.
As long as you have backup copies of any files you need, and can reinstall your software, don't get stressed. If you have run both the Upgrade Adviser and the Windows 7 Compatibility check for potential software and driver issues, and it all looks good, you really can't screw up the installation; just select a Custom Installation instead of an upgrade, then accept the default settings after that. The Windows 7 installation is by far the quickest, easiest Windows installation ever.
 

DarrinSav

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Well, It done, Everything went fine, The only thing I had a problem with was I had to re-install my ethernet driver. I had that on my motherboard disk. Thank you to everyone that replied.
 

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Installing Windows and hardware in this millenium is not as arachaic as the early days of pc's when you had to manually configure IRQ's and COM ports. Plug and Pray really does work.
 
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