With Microsoft’s XP support in its final months, a reader asks for advice before moving his XP setup to Win7.
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Seeking help upgrading from XP — to Win7
Reader Cliff Brodie is about to finally retire his aging XP system.
- “I’m upgrading from XP. I decided to buy a new PC with Windows 7. I realize that Microsoft will support Windows 7 only until 2020, but that’s plenty far off for me. What programs and files can be transferred from XP SP3 to Windows 7?”
I’ll answer your question, Cliff, but first let me point out that Win7 offers a free XP Mode that lets you set up a complete, working, XP SP3 virtual machine inside your Win7 setup. XP Mode works almost exactly like your current, standalone XP SP3 setup. It runs just about any XP-era program, including many that won’t run natively under Win7. For more information, see the Sept. 22, 2011, Top Story, “Using Windows 7′s XP Mode — step by step.”
Keep that in mind as you read the rest of this item. Now to your question.
What you can transfer from XP to Win7 depends on whether you use Microsoft’s free tool or paid, third-party tools. (Of course, no matter what tool you use, you should make a complete backup first, just in case something goes awry with the transfer.)