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  • Started 6 years ago by Suz-Q
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Suz-Q
Posts: 66

What do I need to do before installing Windows 7 ? I currently have Windows XP. Do I need to uninstall? Will I lose any info?

Thanks.

Posted 6 years ago
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raphoenix
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Suz-Q,
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You can NOT perform an in-place upgrade from XP to Win7.
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Because of this, you will need to BACKUP all of your important pictures, documents, music, mail, favorites, etc., etc. to another Hard Drive, DVD, USB Memory Stick or Network Drive / Place for recovery later after the Win7 Installation.
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A suggestion would be to ALSO make a Complete Image of your XP hard drive and store it too just in case you have issues with the Win7 installation.
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Next you should "nuke" the XP HD with a Pre-made CD.
http://www.dban.org/download
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The final steps would be a Clean Install of Win7 using your Installation DVD and recovering your important data from your Backup storage device.
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As a tip, download and read the Free standard manual to become familiar with Win7 before installation.
http://www.tweakguides.com/TGTC.html
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Regards,
Rick P.

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Suz-Q
Posts: 66

Hi Rick

This sounds really complicated for a novice. Do you think it's worth the trouble to install Windows 7? You refer to a DVD, did you mean CD?

Thanks.

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Wevenhuis
Posts: 13

Yes, it is worth it. Many things in Windows 7 are managed better, quicker and automated, which makes your life easier using this OS.

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Suz-Q
Posts: 66

OK, thanks.

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