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Upgrade from XP to W7 without Disk?


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#1 ocean77

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Posted 16 May 2014 - 10:32 PM

I was just curious is it possible to upgrade from XP to W7 without Windows 7 Software disk? Thank you!



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Posted 16 May 2014 - 10:36 PM

Will your PC run Win7?

Download and run the Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor to see if your PC is ready for Windows 7. It scans your hardware, devices, and installed programs for known compatibility issues, gives you guidance on how to resolve potential issues found, and recommends what to do before you upgrade.

http://www.microsoft.com/en-au/download/details.aspx?id=20


Edited by NickAu1, 17 May 2014 - 06:40 PM.


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Posted 17 May 2014 - 04:06 AM

Win XP to Win7 FAQ... http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows7/upgrading-to-windows-7-faq .



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Posted 17 May 2014 - 04:50 AM

Thank you all very much. This is for a friend. I have Windows 8 and I was going to assist him with improving his desktop. He is on a budget so I may suggest purchasing a refurbished W7 desktop, it doesn't cost much more than W7 software.... correct? He said he hasn't had virus protection for quite sometime so I'm planning on going in (via TeamViewer)  and installing Microsoft Essentials. I'm hoping I will not need any updates. Do you think this is a possibility?



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Posted 17 May 2014 - 05:24 AM

 I'm hoping I will not need any updates. Do you think this is a possibility?

Any updates for what? MSE?

If you're talking about the refurb W7 machine, then it probably will need the normal windows updates that it hasn't had since the refurb.



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Posted 17 May 2014 - 05:32 AM

No, I"m speaking of the XP PC.


Edited by ocean77, 17 May 2014 - 08:51 AM.


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Posted 17 May 2014 - 05:39 AM

You can't get updates for Win XP since April 8, 2014. MS has ended support for that OS.



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Posted 17 May 2014 - 08:24 AM

You can always get updates which are not already installed, using Windows Update.

 

I just did a clean install yesterday on one of my systems...all critical updates available and easily downloaded/installed.

 

Microsoft also pushed out an IE update after the announced drop-dead date for XP.

 

Additionally...any program or driver which was built with MS.Net...will require installation of the specific version of MS.Net...which will bring forth the need to install any critical updates to MS.Net which were not previously installed.

 

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Posted 17 May 2014 - 08:34 AM

You can always get updates which are not already installed, using Windows Update.

 

I just did a clean install yesterday on one of my systems...all critical updates available and easily downloaded/installed.

 

 

I didn't know that! It's good to know a clean install will still be patched up to April 2014.



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Posted 17 May 2014 - 08:52 AM

Wow! Thank you for the INFO.



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Posted 17 May 2014 - 10:48 AM

Yes, and after fully updating, including driver install, & running Disk Cleanup & Defrag, but before adding any 3rd party software, backup (image) the drive. This will give you a "fresh install" whenever needed in minutes, rather than hours.

to know a clean install will still be patched up to April 2014.

 

 

Macrium Reflect (Free) is good for this purpose. Be sure to create a rescue CD for when needed for recovery.

 

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Edited by hamluis, 17 May 2014 - 12:12 PM.
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Performing full disc images weekly and keeping important data off of the 'C' drive as generated can be the best defence against Malware/Ransomware attacks, as well as a wide range of other issues. 





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