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I was asked to "upgrade" a relative's machine from Windows XP to Windows 7, so I figured this was a good time to write-up the experience in case it helps others. Good luck. You can upgrade from Windows Vista to Windows 7, but not from XP to 7. Disclaimer: I do work for Microsoft, but I don't work with the Win7 team so this is just one dude's opinion. over here

Some folks who apparently have a pile of operating systems discs have proposed that one could upgrade from XP to Vista, then from Vista to Windows 7, but I think that's Most PC experts will recommend you start fresh and "pave" your machine anyway. My relative has a nice basic Dell desktop with a gig of RAM and a 100 gig HD. This is a screenshot heavy post, so bear with me, this is a tale best told with pictures. useful reference

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First, I put my Windows 7 disc into the Windows XP machine and got this screen: Personally, I wish that there was a "migrate your settings I think this is a hassle, but in the case of XP to 7, it's necessary. You found it on the intertubes for free, so what do you expect. Scott Hanselman about blog speaking podcasts books browse by category or date Step-By-Step: How To "Upgrade" from Windows XP to Windows 7

The machine is 3-4 years old, so I didn't think a Windows 7 install would be unreasonable. If this walkthrough paralyzes your hamster or causes you any emotional distress, we never spoke and I don't know you.