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i am looking to upgrade some office PCs from XP to 7 Pro, but need to be certain it will keep EVERYTHING working. how can i go about this? i have read Microsofts instructions online but they seem to suggest it will wipe and need to rebuild the hard drive. it must be possible to perform a mac-style simple upgrade from one to the other right?
everything is backed up on onsite and offsite servers etc, but i would prefer to not have to re-install EVERYTHING, not least because we dont have a lot of the software cds around anymore
can anyone help
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i would prefer to not have to re-install EVERYTHING, not least because we dont have a lot of the software cds around anymore
Even if you did have the install CD's they would be rather old and possibly not compatible with Windows 7. You'd be better off installing the newest versions of these programs.

If there are old programs that you paid for and you prefer not to buy the latest version you can substitute freeware programs for most of them.
 
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No you can't do an in-place upgrade (retain documents and programs) from Windows XP to Windows 7, only from Vista to 7.

There are a couple ways around this, though. You could borrow a copy of Vista from someone and do an upgrade install from XP to Vista, and then do another upgrade install from Vista to 7. No need to use a product key to register the copy of Vista, as you will not be keeping it. Here's a link for more info: http://www.mydigitallife.info/2009/...ect-in-place-upgrade-windows-xp-to-windows-7/

There is also third-party software you can buy that allows a direct XP to 7 upgrade, and would probably be cheaper than if you bought new software to replace what you'd lose, although not if you used freeware.
http://www.laplink.com/pcmover/pcmoverupgradeassistant.html

Be warned, I'll repeat what stantly said: many programs that were released for XP will not work in 7.
 

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thanks for the info on the 3rd party software jailhousews, i thought there must be a way around microsofts rediculous upgrading methods! they have very little software on the machines, all of which should work on 7, its just the mountains of data that would be a real pain to take off/put back on. i'll take a look at that method.
 
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