Will Windows 7 Build 7100 upgrade Win XP? TIA


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sandy58

Will Windows 7 Build 7100 upgrade Win XP by installing it "over" Win
XP (Home Edition) or is it a format & clean install? Any tips
gratefully received. TIA
 
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Leonard Grey

According to the latest reports, Windows 7 will not upgrade XP. You'll
need to do a clean install.

That doesn't mean that someone won't come up with a way to make it happen.

In any case, IMHO a clean install is the best way to go with an
operating system.
 
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JS

No it will not.

But here is a way to get it done.
1) "Upgrade Windows XP to Vista
(All you need is a Vista CD no key code is required as
you will not be activating Vista)
2) Once you have upgraded to Vista then upgrade to Windows 7

For the complete info on how to do this read:
"In-Place Upgrade Windows XP to Windows 7"
http://www.pagestart.com/upgradexptowindows7.html
 
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Leonard Grey

With all respect to JS, when it comes to Windows, upgrading an upgrade
is a sure path to instability. Maybe it shouldn't be that way, but it is.
 
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Big_Al

Leonard Grey said this on 5/7/2009 11:54 AM:
According to the latest reports, Windows 7 will not upgrade XP. You'll
need to do a clean install.

That doesn't mean that someone won't come up with a way to make it happen.

In any case, IMHO a clean install is the best way to go with an
operating system.
You do know that 7100 is not a final release and thus possibly has bugs
in the OS.
 
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JS

I agree, but it can be done. And like everything else
there is always a risk, XP SP3 proved that (at least for
a few users).

What Microsoft should have provided is a direct
means to upgrade from XP to Windows 7
for all those users who dislike Vista.

After all if you can use Vista to upgrade from XP
then how much coding would have been required
to use Windows 7 to upgrade from XP.
 
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JS

I also should have added:
Now that Windows 7 RC is out it's too late to
add the migration from XP functionality as most of
the code is all but frozen and unless Microsoft has been
holding this as a surprise in the RTM I doubt there
will be more than the only two options: Clean Install and
the upgrade path I mentioned.
 
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Leonard Grey

I suspect that marketing is playing more of a role here than
engineering. After all, if you can upgrade XP directly to 7 (or whatever
name they ultimately come up with), that's one more reason not to buy Vista.

But of course, that's a conspiracy theory. ;-)
 
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sandy58

According to the latest reports, Windows 7 will not upgrade XP. You'll
need to do a clean install.

That doesn't mean that someone won't come up with a way to make it happen..

In any case, IMHO a clean install is the best way to go with an
operating system.
Thanks to all for speedy & most helful replies. Clean Install it is
then.
ATB to all. :)
 
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JS

I would think it was bad marketing.

After all if I was (and I'm not) the head of Marketing
I would want to pry all those users who have hung on
to XP with tenacity over to Windows 7.
 
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Ken Blake, MVP

With all respect to JS, when it comes to Windows, upgrading an upgrade
is a sure path to instability. Maybe it shouldn't be that way, but it is.

Just so others can read a different point of view, I completely
disagree. I have often upgraded, and always have had complete success
in upgrading operating systems. Unless you start with problems in the
old operating system, an upgrade usually works very well.

And it's almost always much easier than a clean installation. The
upgrade is almost always at least worth trying. Worst case, if you
have problems, you can then clean install.
 
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AJR

Migrating files, settings ,desktop and customization via Windows Easy
Transfer Wizard is not difficult (also useful in Win 7 Beta to Win 7 RC).
Microsoft is providing for those who require use of "strictly" XP
applications to do so via Virtual PC 2007 Beta and "XP Mode" - free version
of XP for installation in virtual PC - which then permits dual desktops.
 
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peter

Nowhere in this thread do I see a warning to the OP about W7 still basically
being Beta nor
the fact that it expires in July 2010 and only a NEW installation will work
at that point in time.

I am running it on a 2nd HD and it works nicely but I would not be running
it as my one and only main system.

peter
 

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