The Microsoft article shows how you can retain personal files and some settings. But be sure to understand that this is a clean install and you will have to reinstall all applications. The only way to avoid this would be to upgrade to Vista and then to Windows 7. This is NOT recommended.
FWIW: In hindsight, I'm surprised MS has never made the "upgrade from XP" option possible, since almost every upgrade version of Windows prior to Win7 would upgrade at least "2-versions back". I suspect this would make higher sales for it.
they couldnt implicate an XP to 7 upgrade option because of the advance in technology from XP to 7. Im guessing an example of this would be switching over filing systems (i.e. FAT32/NTFS) and certain API's/drivers.
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