Solved How do I install Windows 7 onto a Windows XP laptop ?

July 24, 2014 at 17:15:32
Specs: Windows XP
I have a perfectly good laptop currently running Windows XP.
I want ti upgrade to Windows 7. I don't want Windows 8.
I have found Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit 1 User - OEM Version available to purchase online.
If I should purchase it, would I just run the CD ? Would XP uninstall automatically ?

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July 24, 2014 at 17:34:29
If you have enough room on your HDD, you can keep XP & switch between them. That allows you to grow into W7.

How to Do a Dual Boot Installation with Windows 7 and XP
Easily Set Default OS in a Windows 7 / Vista and XP Dual-boot Setup

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July 24, 2014 at 17:44:01
You would be wise to first run the M$ utility to check if all the drivers for your laptop are available.

Presuming it says everything is ok, then you could make a dual boot win-7/xp but first have to free up adequate space to put win-7 in its own partition.

Equally you could simply start the win-7 setup - boot with the cd/dvd whichever, and effectively erase (reformat) the HD and have only win-7 installed.

You will need at least 1Gig RAM for 32bit version, 2gig for 64 bit... And a little more is preferred in both cases.

Make and model posted here would be useful for those wishing to advise more. Likewise visit the laptop website to see what it has to offer re' win-7 drivers and installation of win-7 for your model laptop

Before you buy the 64bit version, ensure you check the requirements for it via the second link above... You may find you can only really use the 32bit version; and oem versions are around for both 32 and 64 bit...

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July 24, 2014 at 20:20:50
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One thing that no one addressed, is that windows xp and windows 7 system restores don't get along. If you were to go the dual boot route that when booting to xp that the next time you boot to win 7 the restore points get deleted in win 7. See here:

I find the solution only good if you only have the two partitions for the operating systems. Say C partition for xp & D partition for win 7. Fine if that is all the partitions you have. Trouble is if you have additional partitions, say "E" & "F" windows 7 system restore can't access those drives coming off of a boot from windows xp. Only partition that can get restored is the C partition.

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