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Can I Upgrade From XP On My Own?

Olive from Glen Burnie, MD writes:

I am 79 yrs have my XP computer & the computer I’m using isWindows 7 but my HP windows XP is my pride & joy has lightscribe & is so easy for me. My question is I have a 1tb back up new,  PCmover & Windows 7 upgrade do you think I can upgrade my XP computer myself ? Both computers are connected to Verizon network.

If your XP computer can handle Windows 7, there’s no reason why you can’t. Click here to use the Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor [1]to make sure your old computer can handle Windows 7.

Moving from XP will mean a clean install, so you will need to back up everything you want to save to that 1 TB hard drive before you install Windows 7 on your computer.  Whether or not PC Mover will work for this purpose depends on the version you have. PC Mover Home is primarily aimed at moving from one computer to a new computer. If you have PC Mover Professional, you’re good for an in-place upgrade. If not,  you might want to consider purchasing PC Mover Windows 7 Upgrade Assistant, which will walk you though an in-place upgrade.

You can use the Windows Compatibility Center [2]to determine what programs will still work with Windows 7. Back up the files you wish to save to your external drive, then install Windows 7 on your computer. (Don’t worry, the installation wizard will walk you through it.)

Afterwards, you can transfer your files back to the upgraded computer. As long as you back your important data up first and don’t let the idea of upgrading to Windows 7 scare you, you should be able to do it yourself.

~ Cynthia