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Upgrade from XP to 7

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by jlo8441, Jan 11, 2010.

  1. jlo8441

    jlo8441 Flightless Bird

    I read an archived post on the site that said you could upgrade your previous
    versions of Windows if you have the Product Key for the version you have. Is
    this true? I would like to upgrade from XP to 7, but I have never done
    anything like that before.
     
  2. Shenan Stanley

    Shenan Stanley Flightless Bird

    jlo8441 wrote:
    > I read an archived post on the site that said you could upgrade
    > your previous versions of Windows if you have the Product Key for
    > the version you have. Is this true? I would like to upgrade from
    > XP to 7, but I have never done anything like that before.


    If you have the media...

    There is no direct upgrade path from WIndows XP to Windows 7 - it's a clean
    installation. You will need the installation media for all your products
    and good backups to be safe.

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    Shenan Stanley
    MS-MVP
    --
    How To Ask Questions The Smart Way
    http://www.catb.org/~esr/faqs/smart-questions.html
     
  3. ANONYMOUS

    ANONYMOUS Flightless Bird

    If you haven't done it before, then don't try it because it will take you ages to
    do it and your system/computer may not be up to standard. You will be better off
    buying a completely new system to satisfy your curiosity of Windows 7. Let me
    tell you, it is not something you will be proud of!


    Also, please note that you will need to buy a package of Windows 7 and it will
    come with its own product key. You can't use Windows XP or Windows Vista's
    product key with it.

    hth


    jlo8441 wrote:

    > I read an archived post on the site that said you could upgrade your previous
    > versions of Windows if you have the Product Key for the version you have. Is
    > this true? I would like to upgrade from XP to 7, but I have never done
    > anything like that before.
     
  4. PA Bear [MS MVP]

    PA Bear [MS MVP] Flightless Bird

    Start here:
    http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows7/help/upgrading-from-windows-xp-to-windows-7

    PS: The woman in the video isn't really a vampire, she just looks that way.


    jlo8441 wrote:
    > I read an archived post on the site that said you could upgrade your
    > previous versions of Windows if you have the Product Key for the version
    > you have. Is this true? I would like to upgrade from XP to 7, but I have
    > never done anything like that before.
     
  5. VanguardLH

    VanguardLH Flightless Bird

    jlo8441 wrote:

    > I read an archived post on the site that said you could upgrade your previous
    > versions of Windows if you have the Product Key for the version you have. Is
    > this true? I would like to upgrade from XP to 7, but I have never done
    > anything like that before.


    If all you have is a [stolen/borrowed/bought] key then, no, you have no
    prior install of Windows XP to detect nor the install media to scan to
    determine that you have a qualifying instance of Windows XP.

    Windows 7 upgrade paths
    http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyId=e170eba1-5bab-401f-bbf5-00f0ee7fe0fb

    There is no upgrade path from Windows XP to Windows 7. You can migrate but
    you cannot upgrade. If you have Windows XP (installed or its install CD),
    the install of Windows 7 does a *fresh* installation. The OS partition gets
    wiped when Windows 7 gets installed. A data transfer wizard is provided
    that is to help you move your data files into the fresh install of Windows
    7; however, if you want to ensure your data files survive the migration, do
    a backup of them onto other media before the migration so you can restore
    them from that backup media.
     
  6. Doum

    Doum Flightless Bird

    VanguardLH <V@nguard.LH> écrivait news:hiekrn$582$1@news.albasani.net:

    >
    > There is no upgrade path from Windows XP to Windows 7. You can
    > migrate but you cannot upgrade. If you have Windows XP (installed or
    > its install CD), the install of Windows 7 does a *fresh* installation.
    > The OS partition gets wiped when Windows 7 gets installed. A data
    > transfer wizard is provided that is to help you move your data files
    > into the fresh install of Windows 7; however, if you want to ensure
    > your data files survive the migration, do a backup of them onto other
    > media before the migration so you can restore them from that backup
    > media.
    >


    I will talk from my experience,

    I think WindowsXP MUST BE INSTALLED to proceed with an Upgrade Win7 DVD,
    inserting an XP installation CD is not enough.

    Here's what I did when I got my Upgrade disks in october. I booted the
    computer from the Windows7 Upgrade DVD, formated the HD and did a clean
    install. When came the time to activate, it didn't activate, the response I
    got was that I used an upgrade serial number.

    I restored my XP installation from my Ghost image, booted into XP, inserted
    the Win7 DVD, on startup, it asked me if I wanted to upgrade, I clicked Yes
    and at one point in the installation process, it ask me what type of
    installation, I choose Optional, from there the Win7 installation program
    created a Windows.old folder, move my XP installation to it and did a clean
    installation of Seven. It activated just fine.

    So that tells me that the Windows.old folder must be present to activate an
    installation from an Upgrade DVD and you must NOT format your HD before
    installing.
     
  7. Shenan Stanley

    Shenan Stanley Flightless Bird

    Doum wrote:
    > I will talk from my experience,
    >
    > I think WindowsXP MUST BE INSTALLED to proceed with an Upgrade Win7
    > DVD, inserting an XP installation CD is not enough.
    >
    > Here's what I did when I got my Upgrade disks in october. I booted
    > the computer from the Windows7 Upgrade DVD, formated the HD and did
    > a clean install. When came the time to activate, it didn't
    > activate, the response I got was that I used an upgrade serial
    > number.
    >
    > I restored my XP installation from my Ghost image, booted into XP,
    > inserted the Win7 DVD, on startup, it asked me if I wanted to
    > upgrade, I clicked Yes and at one point in the installation
    > process, it ask me what type of installation, I choose Optional,
    > from there the Win7 installation program created a Windows.old
    > folder, move my XP installation to it and did a clean installation
    > of Seven. It activated just fine.
    >
    > So that tells me that the Windows.old folder must be present to
    > activate an installation from an Upgrade DVD and you must NOT
    > format your HD before installing.


    Although your conclusion is 'okay' - there is a workaround out there.

    http://www.winsupersite.com/win7/clean_install_upgrade_media.asp

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    Shenan Stanley
    MS-MVP
    --
    How To Ask Questions The Smart Way
    http://www.catb.org/~esr/faqs/smart-questions.html
     
  8. JessicaD42

    JessicaD42 Flightless Bird

    Jlo8441,

    Please note that when migrating from Windows XP to Windows 7 you will
    not have an "in place upgrade" option. You will however have the option
    to select "custom" install when prompted. The Windows 7 install process
    will then copy all of your data in "My Documents" over to a Windows.old
    folder within Windows 7 itself. All applications and documents stored in
    other locations will have to be reinstalled / transferred manually.
    For more information on the Windows 7 Upgrade, please go he
    http://bit.ly/3DvynK

    For additional assistance with the migration of Windows XP to Windows
    7, please go he http://tinyurl.com/mhbep4

    Jessica
    Microsoft Windows Client Team




    --
    JessicaD42
     
  9. PA Bear [MS MVP]

    PA Bear [MS MVP] Flightless Bird

    JessicaD42 wrote:
    <snip>
    > Jessica
    > Microsoft Windows Client Team


    Uh-huh...
     
  10. HeyBub

    HeyBub Flightless Bird

    Shenan Stanley wrote:
    > jlo8441 wrote:
    >> I read an archived post on the site that said you could upgrade
    >> your previous versions of Windows if you have the Product Key for
    >> the version you have. Is this true? I would like to upgrade from
    >> XP to 7, but I have never done anything like that before.

    >
    > If you have the media...
    >
    > There is no direct upgrade path from WIndows XP to Windows 7 - it's a
    > clean installation. You will need the installation media for all
    > your products and good backups to be safe.
    >


    What you said is good practice. There is, however, a utility from the
    LapLink folks that will move all your applications.

    http://www.laplink.com/pcmover/index.html
     

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