Net Applications measured 31.2% of the world’s PCs still running XP in October 2013.That’s a problem: when Microsoft stops supporting an OS, it doesn’t only withdraw its technical-support services – it also stops updating the software.While many people will kill two birds with one stone by taking the opportunity to buy a new computer with Windows 7 preinstalled, a large proportion of computer users will go down the upgrade route.Depending on whether Windows XP or Vista is the base operating system, the upgrade process will be vastly different.Backup protection As a security measure, Windows Easy Transfer allows data to be password-protected, but this is optional.Click 'Save', choose where the backup should be created, enter a suitable name and click the 'Save' button.This is where were tackle the question “what should I do if I am still running Microsoft XP?”For an OS that’s three releases behind the times, this shouldn’t be big news, but XP has proved remarkably tenacious.
Install Easy Transfer The transfer tool is located in the Support folder of the Windows 7 disc in a subfolder called Migwiz.
Only Vista users will be able to perform a standard upgrade installation.
If you have XP installed, you're going to have to perform a clean install, even if you've bought the upgrade edition of Windows 7.
It's a compressed file, so space requirements can be dramatically reduced.
With this step of the migration process complete, spend a little time ensuring that the discs and set-up files for applications that will be installed post-installation are available along with any necessary serial numbers.