On Oct 22, 2009, Microsoft Windows 7 had been released globally and launched in Malaysia the next day. As we know, Microsoft Windows 7 is a better alternative compare to Microsoft Vista in terms of system hardware requirement. Microsoft Vista consumes lots of system memory and require higher hardware requirement.
Is it possible to Switch Directly From Windows XP to Windows 7 ?
Sorry guys, there’s no direct way to upgrade Windows XP to Windows 7. Although you are a registered Windows XP user, but you still are not entitle for the free Windows 7 Upgrade program. However, you can still moving from XP to Windows 7 if you follow the steps below.
Good News For Windows Vista Users (Home Premium, Business, Ultimate)
If you bought the Windows Vista (Home Premium, Business, Ultimate) and installed between June 26, 2009 till January 31, 2010, you are eligible to get a Free copy of Windows 7 upgrade. Just headed to Microsoft Windows 7 Upgrade Option Page and double check your Windows Vista part number. If included, then you are able to upgrade to Windows 7 free of charge. After that, check with your PC manufacturers whose participated in Windows 7 Free Upgrade Program such as HP, Lenovo, Sony, Toshiba, Asus, Acer, Dell. You need to register in their Windows 7 free upgrade program in order to get the Free Windows 7 Upgrade.
How to Upgrade Windows XP To Windows 7
Step1: Check Existing Hardware Requirement To Support Windows 7
- 1 GHz Processor (32-bit or 64-bit)
- 1GB of RAM (32-bit); 2GB of RAM (64-bit)
- 16 GB of available disk space (32-bit); 20GB of available disk space (64-bit)
- Directx 9 graphic device with WDDM 1.0 or higher driver.
If you are using Windows Vista, you are mostly able to run Windows 7 without much problems. I encourage you to check your computer requirement using Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor to know if your system will support Windows 7 or not.
Step 2: Backup Your Important Data Before Migration
Before migrate to Windows 7, it’s advised to backup all your important files and settings to avoid data missing or system fail while in the process of migration. Following are some of the important data files that you may want to backup:
- My Documents
- Your important working folders and files
- Internet browser favorite bookmarks
- Program data files
Step 3: Backup Drivers
Some older PC hardware does not support Windows 7. Therefore, it’s advisable to search your computer manufacturer’s website to find out whether they can support Windows 7 PC requirement. Most of the drivers that support Windows Vista may support Windows 7 but we still can’t guarantee about it.
Last Step: Ready To Install Windows 7
Here, you are ready to install Windows 7. Put in the DVD and follow the instruction to install Windows 7. There are 2 types of installation options which are Upgrade and Custom (advanced). In this case, you are advised to choose Custom (advanced) to continue installation of new Windows 7. Choose the system drive C: to install Windows 7.
I hope this simple steps will help you to upgrade Windows XP to Windows 7 successfully.