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Windows 7: Easiest way from XP to Win7 on Netbook

15 Dec 2009   #1
drjim

Windows 7
 
 
Easiest way from XP to Win7 on Netbook

I have an MSI Wind U100 (160GB HD, 2GB RAM) that runs XP. We just use it in the kitchen for emails and web mostly, so we don't have anything of value stored on it.

I've heard that the easiest way to upgrade from XP to 7 is to first upgrade to Vista.

Also, with no disk drive, I will have to download 7 and won't be able to ISO it to a disk.

Can you folks suggest the simplest way to upgrade from XP to 7 on a netbook?

Thanks.


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15 Dec 2009   #2
Zidane24

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 - Mac OS X 10.6.4 x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by drjim View Post
I have an MSI Wind U100 (160GB HD, 2GB RAM) that runs XP. We just use it in the kitchen for emails and web mostly, so we don't have anything of value stored on it.

I've heard that the easiest way to upgrade from XP to 7 is to first upgrade to Vista.

Also, with no disk drive, I will have to download 7 and won't be able to ISO it to a disk.

Can you folks suggest the simplest way to upgrade from XP to 7 on a netbook?

Thanks.
I don't know who told you about going to Vista first but that is nonsense...

You have to perform a clean installation to go from XP to 7 (clean install...no upgrade)

Go out and get yourself a 4GB flash drive (around $20 at Wal-Mart) and you will be able to load the Windows 7 image on the drive and use it to format/install 7 onto the netbook

Here are some tutorials to look at:

Clean Install Windows 7

USB Windows 7 Installation Key Drive - Create
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15 Dec 2009   #3
gregrocker

 

Download and extract the Win7 ISO to your desktop, use Win2Flash to easily put it on a USB flash installer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=srOoGhm-jcI

You can also use UltraISO trial version to write ISO to flash using Bootable tab.

You need to do a clean install, but the installer is driver-complete. Stay connected to internet during install to get more recent drivers/Updates, plus Windows Updates will have newer ones when you get online.

Get any favorite apps or additional drivers (check Device Manager at startup) from the Support Downloads page for your model computer on the manufacturers website, or by Googling.
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16 Dec 2009   #4
win7clutz

Windows 7 Ultimate (64)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by drjim View Post
I have an MSI Wind U100 (160GB HD, 2GB RAM) that runs XP. We just use it in the kitchen for emails and web mostly, so we don't have anything of value stored on it.

I've heard that the easiest way to upgrade from XP to 7 is to first upgrade to Vista.

Also, with no disk drive, I will have to download 7 and won't be able to ISO it to a disk.

Can you folks suggest the simplest way to upgrade from XP to 7 on a netbook?

Thanks.
The reason you were advised to do this is that you cannot do an in place upgrade from XP to Win7. So what was suggested was a method to avoid a format and clean install that would get you to Win7 without having to reload your apps or backup your data since XP will upgrade to Vista, and Vista will upgrade to Win7.

Unfortunately this approach will also bring forward a lot of crap and grief!

Both Zidane24 and gregrocker have giving you correct alternatives, I’d highly recommend you follow their lead and then enjoy Windows 7…
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16 Dec 2009   #5
drjim

Windows 7
 
 

Thanks to all. Very useful information.

I've been a contributor to several mobile-technology web sites and this is my first foray into PC forums. I have myself a home.
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16 Dec 2009   #6
Tews

64-bit Windows 8.1 Pro
 
 

Welcome to Seven Forums!!
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16 Dec 2009   #7
drjim

Windows 7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Tews View Post
Welcome to Seven Forums!!
Thanks, guys.

Follow-up question. Is there any way to install 7 to a netbook without a flash drive, i.e., directly from the netbook?
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16 Dec 2009   #8
Tews

64-bit Windows 8.1 Pro
 
 

do you have an optical drive..DVD drive ?
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16 Dec 2009   #9
Zidane24

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 - Mac OS X 10.6.4 x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Tews View Post
do you have an optical drive..DVD drive ?
By his post above...no
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16 Dec 2009   #10
Tews

64-bit Windows 8.1 Pro
 
 

Unless you can download the ISO file, you are going to have a hard time... if you can, then extract the files to a separate partition and run the setup.exe file from there...
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