How to upgrade from XP to Windows 7
the easy way. Part 2
Step 4: What About Those Crazy Drivers?
Windows 7 may need a newer software driver in order for some
of your hardware to work. The two drivers that I had to download the latest for from the Internet were Video
and Audio. So just to be on the safe side I suggest you download the latest hardware drivers for these
two devices. Also any other drivers that you think you might need...like perhaps your NIC card network
interface driver. Always remember nothing is guaranteed during an new operating system
Step 5: The Great Install
You are now ready for the great install of Windows 7. Insert Windows
7 DVD and restart your computer. You may need to enable ' Boot From DVD' in your BIOS first if the DVD
does not boot Windows 7 DVD. OK, Boot from the DVD and follow the prompts to install Windows
When asked "Which type of installation do you want?" click "Custom
Then choose the system drive as the partition you would like to set up Windows
7. Remember that this was the partition that you had Windows XP installed on which was your C:
Wait for the installation to complete. This may take a while depending on
how fast a computer you have to run Windows 7. Congratulations you have just installed
What Do I Do Next ?
Ok, Now that you have Windows 7
installed and running, it's time to do some real
work. Right off the bat you need to secure your new Windows 7
operating system with an Anti Virus program. Since you have already spent enough money on Windows 7...can I
suggest a FREE anti program for you. And a dam good one at that too! It would be AVG. And did I
mention that it is free too. Go here to download AVG.
The Quick and Dirty Install Steps (Steps that have been ZIPPED)
Anyone with a valid, licensed copy of Windows
2000, XP, or Vista qualifies for any Upgrade version of Windows 7. However, only Vista users can do an in-place
upgrade, which is the install type for which Windows
7 Upgrade media is optimized. If you're an XP user
or a Windows 2000 user there's no way to do an in-place upgrade. So for XP or 2000 users you have to perform a manaul (do it
all yourself) migration, which consists of three steps:
1. Backup your crucial data and settings using Windows Easy Transfer (it's on the
Windows 7 Setup DVD or download it from Microsoft.com) and make note of the applications that are installed, because you'll have to manually reinstall them again after the
fact. Did you get that one, you'll have to manually reinstall them again
after your Windows 7 installation is completed.
2. Perform a clean install of Windows 7 using the Upgrade media.
3. Restore your crucial data and settings using Windows Easy
Transfer and then reinstall your applications.