How to perform an In-Place Upgrade of Windows XP to Windows 7
I’ll show you step by step how Windows XP users can safely upgrade to Windows 7 without performing a “Clean Install”. The In-Place upgrade is easy, fast and it works. The object of an “In-Place Upgrade” is to keep all your XP applications, user accounts, data files and not be forced to start with a clean install of Windows 7. Keep in mind a lot of XP applications are not Vista compatible and it will take time for patches or application upgrades to become available Windows 7. You can also expect a lot of older applications to never receive an update. For clarification the term “Migrate” generally means to move your files, documents and photos from one computer or OS to another. You still must perform a “Clean Install” of Windows 7 and therefore must start from scratch by re-installing all your applications and customizations you installed or created over the years. Do yourself a big favor and look for application and driver updates and burn them to a DVD. Don’t forget to make that Image Backup of Windows XP before hand and if you want an additional safety net backup all your important data files to DVD media or an external drive. Skip all the in depth details, just show me the step by step guide.