Updating windows xp to windows 7
You shouldn't use your computer while this process is running. Once it's done, you can set that drive aside--you won't need it until after Windows 7 completes updating.
Finally, you're ready to insert the Windows 7 disc. With XP, if you choose upgrade, the installation will fail.
Select Search automatically for updated driver software. If you're human and you still have a few devices with issues, try looking at the Windows 7 Upgrade Adviser to see if the device and its new driver are listed.
You've likely heard that you can't straight upgrade from Windows XP to Windows 7.
I was asked to "upgrade" a relative's machine from Windows XP to Windows 7, so I figured this was a good time to write-up the experience in case it helps others.
This is a screenshot heavy post, so bear with me, this is a tale best told with pictures.
It will tell you if you need to update your drivers or apps to make them work in 7. Make a copy of your hard drive, just in case things go horribly wrong.
The last thing before we get to the actual Windows 7 disc is to download and run the Windows Easy Transfer Wizard.