Because you are doing a clean install, nothing from your XP system can be backed up to the Win 7 except for data: pictures, music, documents, etc. No programs will copy over from the system backup; you will need to reinstall ALL of your applications. Don't connect anything to the computer during the installation except for an internet connection. All the external hardware will also need to be reinstalled using drivers compatible with Win 7.
I plan on buying a new laptop with WIN 7. I currently backup my entire desktop XP system on an external hardrive. I have many photos and data stored on CDs, DVDs and "thumb drives" from my XP system.
1-Are there any issues regarding the usability of those backups on WIN 7 that I should be aware of?
2-I intend to use WINDOW 7 UPGRADE ADVISOR on my current system to check compatibility issues. My printer and scanner will be connected. Should I also connect my external hard drives?
Thanks for this forum and its excellent discussions. Everyone connected with this endeavor is to be thanked and greatly appreciated.