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Sandip Dedhia

Sandip Dedhia

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  • ChrisSG

    Thank you so much. It works. Deleted my old files using disk clean up, got all my settings/bookmarks etc and win7 works like a dream now.

  • Joe

    I am not sure how business will upgrade from XP to Windows 7 unless they do fresh install. Here are some of my thoughts about business related problems.

  • James

    You can NOT call this “Upgrade Windows XP To Windows 7”
    You just cannot!

    Unless you preserve EVERYTHING like is the way with upgrade from Vista, this is basically fresh install of the OS with restore of data backup. Big deal, NOT!

  • Sifon

    I think i agree Joe’s comment.
    There is no way in this world of IT that you call an installation derscribed above as UPGRADE. ULTIMATE TABBOO.
    Refer to upgrade from windows 2000 to windows Xp for example. As long as you choose upgrade as the option to install, it stays an upgrade, on the choice of Custom installation, you are installing freshly which you can have the option of installing on another partition to preserve your old operating system.
    What you did was a fresh installation and data restoration

  • Allen

    I think the folks who complain about an “upgrade” skipped over the line where the article mentions: unfortunately there is no direct upgrade option is available from Windows XP to Windows 7.

    It is no longer difficult in the business IT world to reload applications if they have a good repository in the first place.

    All I care about is restoring all my data, why do I care about re-using an application when all it takes is to reinstall it? How many applications in the office do YOU use? I have a handful that I really care about and they all can be reinstalled within 30 minutes.

    The point about Windows 7 is that it is compatible with older applications while it improves upon performance (this means faster performance!). It did not require for me to install any special OEM drivers on my laptop as it had all necessary drivers. Even my built-in fingerprint reader worked out great.

    If you’re not “upgrading your laptop” (how about that?) from Windows XP to Windows 7, then you are really missing out on new features. Between Windows XP and Windows 7, I believe tests show that the performance was about the same but technology features differ widely.

    I have been using Windows 7 for several weeks and have to say it is extremely stable, therefore, highly recommended.

  • I have to agree the above comments.
    We have a huge installed base of Windows XP customers.
    Our situation aside, Large Corporate Customers WILL NOT roll out Windows 7 without an automated, scriptable way of upgrading from XP. “Upgrade” means KEEPING user settings and Applications that are installed – A bonus would be to KEEP the configured setting on those applications as well.
    The currently described upgrade, while possible on a single computer, is a total nightmare when thousands of computers are involved.

    I would think we’ll be holding off recommending an upgrade to Windows 7 until a smooth, automated, path has been provided by Microsoft.

  • Steve

    Actually, it is possible – well nearly. I followed the info here and it worked brilliantly.

    If someone could put that into a one shot disk it would be fantastic.

  • David Harkins

    hi, i just tried installing win7 ultimate late nite but after the final installation reboot, the post blinked for a few seconds and went to the bootmgr is compress pres ctrl alt del..and so how do i fix that problem..i had the same problem when the last time i tried to install vista, but i dnt care about vista anymore…i just want to know how to fix this win7 problem.

    ive also tried doing that cmd prompt string to fix the bootmgr but that didnt work.

    please need help

  • Paul

    I thought the term for an upgrade without a clean install was “in-place upgrade.”

    In any case, I would certainly consider either option to be an upgrade. After all, there are many things that require complete replacement to be an upgrade, like if you were upgrading your CPU or video card. For an OS, you just need a more specific term for the type of upgrade you want to do.

  • Tackett

    Will this work for Windows 2000 to Windows 7?

  • do you mean that can removing the Keyboards ?! I have a dell window 7.

  • Dan J

    There is no need to do a clean install, I used Zinstall XP7 ( and it transferred not only all my files but also the programs and I didn’t have to re install anything.
    I think it’s a much better solution.

  • Appmen

    You may consider to use PickMeApp instead of WETC (windows easy transfer companion ).
    * WECT may transfer your XP programs and settings to Vista and supports about 100 programs
    * PickMeApp may transfer programs and settings to and from XP and Vista (xp2xp,xp2vist, xp2win7, etc). They claim to support unlimited number of programs. PickMeApp may solve transferring programs from one HDD to another on the same PC.

  • Leon

    try this is verry simple

  • Bablucc21992