Solved Replace Windows XP with Windows 7.

November 28, 2014 at 14:54:53
Specs: Windows xp to 7, Pentium(4)/2.9Gig
My deshtop computer still has XP and since it isn't supported any longer I hve a Windows 7 OS for replacement. There are lots of important files that I don't want to lose, and I am inexperienced at this task. HELP.

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November 28, 2014 at 16:35:35
"There are lots of important files that I don't want to lose"
It is an absolute basic of computing, you must have backups of those files.
I backup to a spare hard drive ( SSD in my case ) & also as an extra step, onto thumb/flash/usb drives.
The SSD backup is automatic.
The thumb/flash/usb drives I Copy & Paste.

Once you have saved all your important files & you have a product number for Windows 7, go into the bios & change the boot, to boot from CD first, insert the CD in the drive & reboot.

Make sure when you reinstall, you delete ALL partitions & format to NTFS.
W7 - Click on > Drive options (advanced) Then highlight each partition & hit > Delete.

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November 28, 2014 at 18:32:29
Are you sure your XP computer can handle windows 7? Don't just go by this:

Check the support page for your system or motherboard and make sure windows 7 drivers are available. I've had very little success finding windows 7 drivers for computers that originally came with XP even though windows 7 installs just fine on them.

If the only reason you're thinking of upgrading is because MS no longer supports XP well that just means there's no NEW support. Your XP computer still works doesn't it? Maybe it's best to let it be and look into a newer computer if you're interested in windows 7.

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November 29, 2014 at 07:10:00
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I have found that in many cases there are no Windows 7 drivers available from the manufacturer because Windows 7 is either hosting them, or has written them.

Some of these drivers may not be full featured but will function.

I think MS did that because of the fiasco with Vista and drivers caused Vista to be a bust.

At any rate, if you check the source of drivers installed in Windows 7 I think you will find many of them are from MSoft.


It is still a good idea to verify your system can handle Windows 7. Keep in mind that even if the hardware is compatible, the performance may not be acceptable.

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November 29, 2014 at 22:00:35
My experience is based mostly on older Dell P-4's that came with XP. This guy kept picking them up at garage sales and installing windows 7 on them with some disk he had that apparently didn't need to be registered. Then he'd be calling me up, 'Dave I can't get on the internet. Dave, the screen doesn't look right.' I'd take a look at them and it was always drivers. I figured if 7 didn't pick up the hardware during installation then it didn't have the drivers. I'd check Dell's site and Intel's site but never found what was needed. I remember trying to add an nvidia card to get around the lack of video drivers but found that nvidia didn't have 7 support for their cards that did have XP support--at least with the cards I tried.

I'm sure some hardware that XP was originally installed on will have windows 7 support but it didn't for those old Dells. XP had been around for 8 or 9 years before 7 came out. It's probably unreasonable to expect support for all that old hardware.

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November 30, 2014 at 15:17:53
An upgrade from XP to Win7 generally won't be a serious problem about reading files (most programs that work on XP will work with Win7). But more importantly, you need to be transferring those files to some backup medium; upgrading to Win7 won't prevent your hard drive from failing...

"Channeling the spirit of jboy..."

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