Each one of us likes to keep up with changing technology, whether it is about transition to new version or about upgrading your system to a newer version. If you are using Windows XP and wish to upgrade to Windows 7 then you should be ready to face the challenges that lie ahead of you. For upgrading your system, you need to properly plan with appropriate tools. The process is complicated and requires technical expertise for seamless execution so it is advisable to seek computer support. However if you wish to undertake the process yourself then following steps can be taken:
Step 1: The system checks
First and foremost you need to check if your system is compatible with the new software. For this purpose check if the existing hardware is capable of supporting Windows 7. So, to ensure if there are no compatibility issues check for the following system requirements for Windows 7:
- 1 GHz processor (32- or 64-bit)
- 1 GB of RAM (32-bit); 2 GB of RAM (64-bit)
- 16 GB of available disk space (32-bit); 20 GB of available disk space (64-bit)
- DirectX 9 graphics device with WDDM 1.0 or higher driver
If you are still confused regarding system requirements then get in touch with a tech expert providing online computer support and seek advice.
Step 2: Backup and Migration
Whenever you decide to go for system upgrades you should first take a backup of your files and folders. For this you need not go through a long tedious process, a simple copy paste will do. You just need to carefully consider setting up your folders accordingly. Given here are some key locations and folders that you would wish to back up:
- My Documents
- My Music
- My Pictures
- If you have dual or multiple user accounts then make sure to back up their files as well
- Project folders and files
- Browser bookmarks and saved passwords
- Other program data under %AppData% (This doesn’t always work. It is better if you use respective applications to export settings)
Another option to go for would include using the Windows Easy Transfer tool. This can be found in Windows 7 DVD. Browse to the folder named support, then go to migwiz on Windows 7 DVD and launch migsetup.exe. This will launch the Windows Easy Transfer tool.
You need to select the process by which you would like to transfer the settings:
- A transfer cable to transfer files from one computer to another
- A network to transfer files using network connection
- An external hard disk or a USB flash drive
- Now select what to transfer
The Windows Easy Transfer will do the rest and give you a file you can store, on a flash drive to transfer the settings to new installation later.
Step 3: Drivers
Next most important to take into account are the drivers. It is advisable to check for new drivers for Windows 7. This is important as the old driver may not work as intended. The drivers made for Windows XP may not be compatible for Windows 7. But if you so desire to still work with the old drivers then seeking an online tech support is required to help get through.
Step 4: Install
Finally, now you need to install Windows 7 with the DVD. Then choose the system drive (which was your C: on Windows XP) as the partition you would like to set up Windows 7.
After undertaking these steps there are a few things that you still need to get done, these would be:
- Applications upload
- Files and folder transfer
- Antivirus and antispyware
- Software updates
Installing and restoring might seem simple but if it is not done in a proper manner then you might face errors. So, in order to get through with this process smoothly, call for computer support. The technical experts available round the clock will help you through the process and even suggest what is best for your system.