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XP to Windows 7 using OEM?

By Amatuer4Life ·
Will using OEM Windows 7 allow me to transfer my current files on my computer (currenlty using XP) to the new operating system Windows 7 using the OEM version? I intend on backing everything up anyways but is there a file transfer option during download of Windows 7 OEM?

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No supported migration path

by CharlieSpencer In reply to XP to Windows 7 using OEM ...

There is no migration path for XP to W7. This is a 'destructive' OS installation over XP, not an upgrade. Basically, W7 will install from scratch, erasing your XP operating system, application programs, data files, user accounts, kitchen sink, etc.

You'll have to back all your files up to external storage (USB hard drive, DVD, web-based storage, etc.). Also, make sure you have the installation media and license numbers for your applications before you start, because you'll have to reinstall them too.

However, you can upgrade XP to Vista, and then Vista to W7, without losing data or applications.

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by Amatuer4Life In reply to No supported migration pa ...

Thanks for your reply Palmetto. You actually half answered my next question. Is there an Upgrade from XP to Windows7 Home that would allow the transfer? From your last reply it sounds like I would actually have to purchase two upgrades not being able to skip past Vista.

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by CharlieSpencer In reply to No supported migration pa ...

"Is there an Upgrade from XP to Windows7 Home that would allow the transfer?"

I'm afraid there is no easy way to do this, short of the 'XP to Vista to W7' route. Microsoft, in it's infinite wisdom, didn't develop a route to upgrade it's most popular OS ever to W7.

Oh, and don't forget to download any W7 hardware drivers before you start. W7 doesn't use the same drivers as XP. Obviously, if you can't find W7 drivers for something critical (video and network) then you may have to abandon this project.

Google Microsoft's 'Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor'. It's a free download that will look for hardware and software that may not run under W7.

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Palmetto is correct

by markp24 In reply to XP to Windows 7 using OEM ...

You can follow this tutorial from MS on how to get your self from XP to 7
http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows7/help/upgrading-from-windows-xp-to-windows-7
but your best off backing up your system,
installing windows 7 after formatting the drive
restore your data files
reinstall your software.

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by Amatuer4Life In reply to Palmetto is correct

You guys are awesome! I was taking a shot in the dark here with these questions and not only did you guys give me the information I need, you did it quickly. Thanks a million. Much appreciated. I am going to download the Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor right now. I already watched the tutorial and have printed up the step by step directions.

Like most folks I use my computer for everything from work to play. My biggest concerns are stuff that will take money or time getting back, which I have neither of, stuff like losing all my purchased itunes, saving my achievments in Black Ops (gaming is why I spend money on my computer), and most of all still need to connect to the internet when I'm finished with my upgrade. Thanks again for being there.

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by CharlieSpencer In reply to Palmetto is correct

I'm not a gamer, and the few casual games I play don't have a mechanism to migrate previous scores, levels, awards, etc. You might want to check Black Ops web site before you start, along with the sites of any other games whose histories you want to keep.

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by Amatuer4Life In reply to Palmetto is correct

Good idea.

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by TheChas In reply to XP to Windows 7 using OEM ...

First, before you start the upgrade, make sure your hardware and software will run under Windows 7. Run the Windows 7 upgrade advisor tool.

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows/downloads/upgrade-advisor

While not 100%, it will give you a decent idea of things you will need to replace or get newer versions of.

Next, use Windows Easy Transfer to migrate compatible programs and all of your Windows settings.

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows7/products/features/windows-easy-transfer

Note: If you use Outlook Express for your email, you need to either migrate your mail to Outlook or Thunderbird before the upgrade or use Windows Live Mail after the upgrade.

Chas

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by Amatuer4Life In reply to Additional Comments

Thanks everyone for your help. Last night I backed everything up on one external harddrive. Then I used the Windows Easy Transfer on a second external hardrive. This way if one doesn't work then I have the info in the other. I also ran the Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor and I am more than equiped to run Windows 7. My machine is built for gaming so it's strong like bull. hahaha. Thanks again everyone and I'll post how things went. I'm running off to the store today to pick up Windows 7 OEM. Wish me luck.

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by Amatuer4Life In reply to Additional Comments

Well they didn't have the OEM version in stock. It's being mailed to me with a delivery date of 10/17/11. The wait game begins.....tic-toc-tic-toc

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