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Upgrade from Windows XP home to Windows 7 Professional

by Romio007 / November 27, 2009 12:41 AM PST

Hi All,

I am planning to upgrade my laptop from Windows XP home (32 bit) to windows 7 professional (64 bit). please let me know whether it possible or not. If it is what are the means and methods to achieve (I mean what to buy and how much it costs).

Thanks all.. happy thanksgiving..

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In short...
by John.Wilkinson / November 27, 2009 1:37 AM PST

A direct upgrade is not possible. However, you are eligible to purchase an upgrade edition of Windows 7 at the reduced cost. You can then use Windows Easy Transfer to backup all of your files and settings, perform a clean installation of Windows 7, restore your files/settings, and reinstall all of your programs. Unfortunately, that's the only way as Microsoft chose not to support upgrading from Windows XP to Windows 7, only Windows Vista to Windows 7.


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John has it right...
by RonS [WINDOWS-TEAM] / November 27, 2009 6:47 AM PST
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I'm gonna say no. With a big unless . . .
by Coryphaeus / November 28, 2009 8:27 PM PST

Does this laptop support 64 bit? Most don't. Do you have all the drivers for the "stuff" in the laptop? Do these drivers support W7?

Let me tell you this. Doing your research is critical. One of two things can happen. 1.) the install will fail totally. 2.) you'll be "messing with it" for days if not weeks, if you ever get it to work.

My IBM ThinkCentre desktop with a P4 3GHz processor, 2 Gig of RAM and a 256 Meg video card will run 7. My high end ThinkPad will but the video will not support Aero.

Since you didn't tell us the make and model of the laptop, you have some research to do.

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It's not actually does your laptop support 64 bit.
by orlbuckeye / November 29, 2009 11:48 PM PST

The proper question is your laptop processor 64 bit which most are if it's less then 3 years old and maybe longer if it's a AMD processor.

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Upgrade from Windows XP home to Windows 7 Professional
by JessicaD42 / November 29, 2009 11:39 PM PST


When upgrading from Windows XP or Windows Vista to Windows 7 you must upgrade the version currently installed with in Windows XP / Vista to the corresponding version in Windows 7. I.E. Windows Vista Home Premium (Windows XP Home) to Windows 7 Home Premium; Windows Vista Business to Windows 7 Professional (Windows XP Professional); and Windows Vista Ultimate to Windows 7 Ultimate. You also cannot upgrade a 32-bit operating system to 64-bit -- to migrate from 32-bit to 64-bit will require a custom install.

With that said, you will need to purchase the full version of Windows 7 Professional. Also, 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 here:

For additional assistance with the migration of Windows XP to Windows 7, please go here:

Microsoft Windows Client Team

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step-by-step guide
by TaraS_WinTeam / December 4, 2009 5:58 AM PST
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