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Can I upgrade from XP to Windows 7?


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#1 Lloyd T

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Posted 16 October 2008 - 05:05 PM

I know it hasn't been released but I was just wondering that if Windows 7 was released, can I upgrade my XP computer without doing a clean install (and reinstalling all programs) or do I have to do a clean install like if you want Vista on a Windows 2000 computer?


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Posted 16 October 2008 - 05:59 PM

You'll have to wait for the specifications and requirements (for Windows 7) to be issued before you can find out. Windows 7 is in pre-beta right now, and won't even be released to special testers before the end of this month. While in beta they'll be refining the requirements - so don't expect a definite answer until it's nearly time for it to launch.
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Posted 16 October 2008 - 06:23 PM

IMO, it's always better to do a clean install.

No point in laying a good, clean O/S on top of an operating system that may have all sorts of problems which users mistakenly believed would be solved...by installing on top of them.

Even if the O/S is pristine and perfect, a clean install ensures no possibility of settings/registry/file snafus between the old and the new.

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Posted 01 December 2008 - 07:41 AM

Yes, I would recommend a clean install as well.

But Microsoft would be stupid to not add that support, they already do about two operating systems back any ways (One could upgrade from Win2k to Vista)

So its likely.
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Posted 02 December 2008 - 12:28 AM

Well, we all know that you need just a clean installation, its easier, faster(no files copying), and after Windows 7 prepared its first startup, it will be more faster than Windows 7 with "copied" Apps,Files...Just backup your files, or use online backups like Windows Live Skydrive, or backup tools...

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Posted 10 January 2009 - 08:19 PM

My answer is YES!
But there will always be some problem because of hardware and software incompatibilities.

best practice is to test it first on other unit before doing it your precious one :huh:

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Posted 10 January 2009 - 09:24 PM

Did Microsoft release the requirements for Windows 7 build 7000 yet?

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Posted 10 January 2009 - 09:40 PM

When I ran the installer for the beta today (in virtualbox) there was an option for an upgrade. I'm not sure if that will change or if it works for xp though.

So far I agree with everyone else, it's pretty much an upgrade to vista.

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Posted 10 January 2009 - 11:05 PM

I attempted to upgrade XP Tablet SP3 to the beta of Win7 - and got a message that it's only available for Vista SP1 and later.

CAVEAT: This is a beta feature, so it may be changed in the final release.
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Posted 22 February 2011 - 03:49 PM

by the way, if anyone is still wondering the answer to this question, then the answer is NO. Only Vista will upgrade...




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