Dell Inspiron 1545 upgrade from Windows XP to Windows 7 Home Premium. How to?

Saga Lout

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Start off by buying a genuine copy of Windows 7 with installation DVDs. Then it's a matter of saving all your personal files from the XP system because it's all going to be blown away. You can't keep any programmes you bought over the years either.

Then pop in the DVD and it's all automatic from then on. Pity you didn't do it a week or so back - you could have upgraded to Windows 10 but it's too late now.
 

Saga Lout

Olde English
Moderator
Start off by buying a genuine copy of Windows 7 with installation DVDs. Then it's a matter of saving all your personal files from the XP system because it's all going to be blown away. You can't keep any programmes you bought over the years either.

Then pop in the DVD and it's all automatic from then on. Pity you didn't do it a week or so back - you could have upgraded to Windows 10 but it's too late now.
 

slowhands95128

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Before you start, back up all your data on external media.

Microsoft does not support upgrading from XP to Win7, only Vista to Win 7. However, some third party software will support it. You can use PCMover to transfer your old XP data and programs, mostly. Once again, first do a data backup. Then do a new install of Win 7, which will save your old Windows XP system files in windows.old. PCMover knows how to move the windows.old programs to the new Win 7 install, with a few exceptions (usually any software with major copy protection like Adobe, which needs re-activation or reinstall).

However, there are restrictions. You can't go from 32 to 64 bits, too many differences. You'll need new drivers for Win7, although some of the XP ones will work in compatibility mode. But PCMover can do the job pretty well on most common upgrades.
 
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