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Do I need W7 full retail to upgrade XP SP3?

March 19, 2011 at 18:02:22
Specs: Windows XP, Pentium 4 3.0ghz
I am upgrading my old FULL 80 gig HDD to a new 160 gig HDD. Also I am installing 2 more gigd of ram to bring the total to 4 gigs. My OS is Windows XP Professional SP3. I am backing up my HDD with a western Digital My Passport350 gig external HDD. what I want to know is I want windows 7. Di I have to get the full version or can I use the windows 7 upgrade? Thank You

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March 20, 2011 at 05:22:35
You can't use the upgrade version if your using XP. You need to do a fresh install using the Win 7 version of your choice.

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March 20, 2011 at 05:59:02
FIRST run windows 7 compatibility test from Windows 7 site. This is REALLY important to do FIRST. MOST problems with people installing Windows 7 on older machines is that they skip this step and then they have major problems. You have Pentium 4 so you potentially have an older motherboard and other hardware that will not have drivers available that support Windows 7. You may not be able to run it on your hardware. A second consideration is that on an older single core processor like yours you will find that Windows 7 will actually be slower for you than your XP is so a clean installation of XP might be a better choice until you buy/build a new system.

As for your actual question, If you take an image of your hard drive an copy it onto the new drive first, you will then be able to use an upgrade DVD. The hard drive will still need to be formatted and the XP will need to be wiped off again, but it will allow you to use the upgrade package. Otherwise you will need a full edition.

You are probably better off waiting for a new system to use Windows 7 rather than putting more money into upgrading your current system, you will be happier in the long run.

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March 20, 2011 at 10:32:41
You can use the upgrade just fine.

There are many posts on the subject. What i'd do is copy the data with the hard drive makers transfer app or disk. Then simply install or upgrade W7.

I'd really consider making it a dual boot. I never trust upgrades.

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