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Upgrading XP to 7

Discussion in 'Windows 7' started by unstresst, Feb 24, 2014.

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  1. unstresst

    unstresst Thread Starter

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    Is a disk needed to upgrade to 7?
    or can it be downloaded?
    The analizer says my system can run 7
     
  2. Macboatmaster

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    2. You need a product key - in other words a licence
    To the best of my knowledge although 7 can be downloaded if you have a product key available to use, in other words not already in use, other than that you are buying Windows 7 with product key
     
  3. unstresst

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    Once I have a 7 disk, What do I need to do before inserting and running it?
     
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    Before you upgrade that computer from Windows XP to Windows 7, have you confirmed that it has the hardware specs to run it properly, and have you confirmed that Windows 7 drivers exist for all of its devices?

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    Here is a good pictorial guide to follow to do a clean install of Windows 7.

    http://www.blackviper.com/os-install-guides/windows-7-install-guide/

    Start reading and viewing the images from "Shall we begin?"

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  6. unstresst

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    i've run the advisor.......didn't see anything to prevent going forward with upgrade
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    my main question has been answered in this thread.........i don't need to format

    ..............unoficially marked solved. will mark it later...........in case anybody else wishes to add anything
     
  7. flavallee

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    You cannot upgrade from Windows XP straight to Windows 7.
    You need to do a clean install of Windows 7.

    This is part of the text that you were linked to in post #2:

    To upgrade your PC from Windows XP to Windows 7, you'll need to select the "Custom" option during Windows 7 installation.
    A custom installation doesn't preserve your programs, files, or settings.
    It's sometimes called a "clean" installation for that reason.


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    Macboatmaster:

    This thread is a continuation of this thread in the "Windows 7" section.

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    I've merged these two threads together. Please do not start more than one thread for the same issue.
     
  10. unstresst

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    programs,files and settings

    give me some examples of what this refers to.
     
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    A clean install of Windows will wipe out everything.

    If you don't back up your personal data(documents, photos, music, videos, etc.) to some external media before you start, you'll lose it all.

    After Windows is reinstalled, you'll need to reinstall your desired programs and extras.

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    I can live with re-installing

    already have files on external drive
     
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