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Windows 7: Upgrading from XP

21 Dec 2008   #1

Windows XP Pro
Upgrading from XP

I recently got a new laptop and I want to install windows 7 on my old one just for kicks, but I really don't want to do a clean install. I've done a clean install on 2 of my desktops, but I'd like to upgrade directly from XP pro on my laptop. I saw a post on ZDNet that this wasn't a good idea, but I don't really see why there should be any big problems.

Has anyone tried to upgrade directly from XP and if so what were your results?

My System SpecsSystem Spec

23 Dec 2008   #2


Hi, Yamaki, and welcome to the forums.

You'll more than likely run into compatibility issues regarding your laptop's hardware and trying to run Windows 7. In addition, the upgrade facility it pretty easy to use, so it has not been 'tweaked' yet for folks trying to upgrade from XP (or Vista, for that matter). This is, after all, a pre-Beta - meaning that not all things work.

But, on the other side of the coin, ZDNet is warning more those users who are going to try to upgrade production machines - since this is an old laptop for you, I am sure that you really don't care about it and it will be somewhat of a learning experience for you - and you'll be able to report problems as well.

If it were me, I'd do the exact same thing - backup the HD< then upgrade - and see what breaks.
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24 Dec 2008   #3

Vista Ult 64 bit Seven Ult RTM x64

Hello Yamaki,

Welcome to the forums.

My System SpecsSystem Spec

24 Dec 2008   #4

Windows 7 Ult x64(x2), HomePrem x32(x4), Server 08 (+VM), 08 R2 (VM) , SuSe 11.2 (VM), XP 32 (VM)

Welcome to the forums Yamaki
zdnet's stance is more of a cautious type meaning if things can break they will (i know im going too far but still)
they ADVISE on not doing it they are not telling you its not possible or impossible...
id rather upgrade from vista but even then you are going to run into incompatibilities as some of us
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24 Dec 2008   #5

Windows XP Pro

Thank you all for the warm welcomes

After playing around for a while, I learned that it is indeed not possible to upgrade from XP to windows 7. So, I backed up all of my important stuff and did a clean install of Windows 7. To my surprise, everything worked right out of the box without installing any drivers! In fact, it breathed new life into my old laptop. Everything was very speedy -- a full reboot clocked in at 56 seconds using the tool posted on these forums! The Aero interface looked beautiful even despite my integrated graphics. Let it suffice to say that when Beta 1 comes out, it will become my main OS for both of my laptops.

Here are the specs in case anyone's curious:
Dell E1405
Intel Core Duo 1.66GHz
Hitachi 60GB 5400RPM HDD
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24 Dec 2008   #6
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate

Hello Yamaki, welcome to Windows 7 Forums!

I'm pleased to see that you have it running. Windows 7 is very stable for a pre-beta. The public beta release is do in as little as one to two weeks; stay on the lookout for it.

Later Ted
My System SpecsSystem Spec
24 Dec 2008   #7

Windows 7 Ult x64(x2), HomePrem x32(x4), Server 08 (+VM), 08 R2 (VM) , SuSe 11.2 (VM), XP 32 (VM)

damm speedy
i get 70 seconds i believe....
good to hear that you took the plunge like the rest of us and got it working....
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25 Dec 2008   #8

Vista Ult 64 bit Seven Ult RTM x64

Glad to hear you've got it up and running. Enjoy.

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29 Dec 2008   #9

Windows 7 Ultimate beta (build 7000)

I tried to do a direct upgrade from xp to build 7000. But the problem is, you need to have vista to "upgrade" (if you don't have vista, you WILL get an error message at the very beginning of the upgrade process) otherwise you're going to have to do a clean install which I just did on the same partition... Still working on getting some of my files out of windows.old ...
My System SpecsSystem Spec
29 Dec 2008   #10

Windows 7 Ult x64(x2), HomePrem x32(x4), Server 08 (+VM), 08 R2 (VM) , SuSe 11.2 (VM), XP 32 (VM)

Welcome tb1080 to the forums

6956 and below i believe let you upgrade from xp....
thanks for the tip though...
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