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Windows XP to Windows 7 upgrade explained

Prepare your system for Microsoft's new OS

With Windows 7 now available, hundreds of PC users will be upgrading to Microsoft's new OS. However, the upgrade for those running Windows XP will be more complicated than for those running Vista.

Do I have to reinstall every app I have on XP?

Hardly. This is the perfect time, say experts, to cull the chaff. Those programs you rarely, if ever, use on XP don't have to make the move to Windows 7. Strike them off your to-do list.

This sounds like a lot of work. Isn't there an easier way?

Yes, as long as you're ready to plunk down some cash. One option is Laplink Software's PCmover Windows 7 Upgrade Assistant, a utility that promises to move virtually everything from Windows XP to Windows 7 during an upgrade on the same PC.

The app costs $29.95 (£18), can be downloaded from the company's site.

That's still work. Can I get someone to do the migration for me?

Sure. Call a few local computer shops and ask whether they're doing Windows 7 upgrades, moving data transfer.

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See also: Analysis: Should you upgrade to Windows 7?

  1. Prepare your PC before you swap to Microsoft's new OS
  2. Will your software and peripherals run on Windows 7?
  3. Other locations to back-up your data
  4. Copying your browser's data
  5. Do I have to reinstall every app I have on XP?


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