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Win 7 upgrade, XP & networking?

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#1 kvon


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Posted 25 May 2010 - 11:18 AM


Currently running XP/SP3 on 2 machines, considering upgrading one of them to Win 7, 2 issues & questions I have before taking the plunge:
Hardware issues? The machine is a Thinkpad T500, which was 'designed for' Vista (which I didn't buy, but 'downgraded' to XP), is there going to be hardware compatibility issues, or will I need to upgrade anything? (2G memory)

I regularly sync the 2 computers with the native windows networking (they're both in the same workgroup) and MS SyncToy. Saw something about a Win 7 'HomeGroup' feature, that apparently only works with other Win 7 machines...? Am I going to be able to get the Win 7 & the XP machines to play nice with each other?
Also, when I upgrade I would plan on wiping the drive clean and doing a clean install, not bothering with the headaches of upgrading an existing XP installation, which I've heard can be problematic...


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#2 strolln


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Posted 25 May 2010 - 11:50 AM

A machine capable of running Vista can certainly run Win 7 since Win 7 is less resource intensive than Vista. When upgrading your laptop, find the drivers needed for the laptop and put them on a thumbdrive or other readily available media BEFORE doing the install. If you can't find Win 7 drivers, use Vista drivers.

Win 7 introduces the Homegroup which only works with other Win 7 machines but you can still add your Win 7 machine to your Workgroup and connect with XP machines.

Going from XP to Win 7 requires you to do a clean install anyway, you can't upgrade an XP machine to Win 7.
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