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Windows 7: XP user needs help

18 Jan 2012   #11
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You'll likely need to run an XP Repair Install to move it's HD to another machine. This could solve your performance problems at the same time. You can use an retail Upgrade version XP disk found on the internet to do this.

I'd back up a System image and your files first, so you can start over if it fails. If you have any WD or Seagate HD in the mix there, you can use their free premium Acronis imaging/cloning suite. Otherwise I'd use Macrium - Image your syste.

Unplug the Win7 HD if/when you swap the XP HD in to try to start it or then Repair Install it.

I would run the Win7 Upgrade advisor as suggested on your existing machine to see if it might run Win7. I run it on several 10 year old PC's and it runs as fast or faster than new ones. It's all about getting a perfect install: Clean Install Windows 7.

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18 Jan 2012   #12

Windows XP Home SP3

Thank You, gregrocker...

I'm presently getting quotes for a dual boot system from my local repair shop. They are indicating I can't place my old XP hard drive in another Windows 7 machine, but, I don't think they are correct. I'll shop around here in the Balt/Wash area for a shop that's a bit more knowledgeable. Frankly, I think it's a new concept they are not familiar with. They're pushing Lenovo desktops. I back up my C drive on a WD external once or twice weekly. Thank you for your response. Regards
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18 Jan 2012   #13

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1

I would also recommend a new computer, because something that was around 11 years ago, even if it had been upgraded somewhat, probably isn't going to give you the true Windows 7 experience.

On that note, how sure are you that your programs don't work with Windows 7? You could run the Upgrade Advisor, but that is far fromthe final word. I would research each one directly and individually. I despise dual boot systems, and would much rather virtualize, if another OS is needed....and "if" is the key word.
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18 Jan 2012   #14

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64

He needs to keep all is programs and data that is on the XP drive. You stated you do not have the install disc etc. as they were installed by someone else, correct ?
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