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FAQs: how to upgrade to Windows 7

How to upgrade to Windows 7, hassle free

When it comes to upgrading to Microsoft's latest operating system Windows 7, there's been so much written on the subject, you may well be thinking that you'll breeze through the process. However, there are some tricky nuances and possible snags that continue to confound consumers. We look at just what you may need to consider.

XP to Windows 7: the hard way

Things get complicated with PCs still running Windows XP. In-place upgrades are not an option here. With XP-to-Windows 7 upgrades, you will have to do a 'clean installation', which entails backing up all your data, installing Windows 7 and then restoring all your data and reinstalling your applications. This is about as fun as root canal surgery.

XP-to-Windows 7 upgrades call for clean installs because of incompatible applications and drivers. Also, most of the computers running XP are aged and will lack the power to run Windows 7 to its full potential.

All of this makes life difficult for XP users trying to install Windows 7. Pile on fears of the same incompatibility issues that plagued XP-to-Vista upgrades and you can see how XP users are being gently forced to buy a new computer.

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