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August 1, 2012 8:35:57 PM

I have a 32-bit XP Pro, and would like to upgrade to a 64-bit 7 Ultimate.

Upgrade as in from the desktop, and keeping everything from before the upgrade. Is this possible?

Also, if it is possible, will this be similar to a clean install of 7? As in, will it remove any malware that was previously on XP? Or will it transfer the malware from XP to 7?

Thank you,

John

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August 1, 2012 9:07:20 PM

The answer is no for two reasons:

1: There is no direct upgrade path between XP and 7
2: There is no way to upgrade a 32-bit OS to a 64-bit OS

So you will have to do a clean install of Windows 7. That optionally includes formatting, which I would recommend wholeheartedly if there's even a question of malware with your existing setup, but also because you have to reinstall all your apps anyway.
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August 1, 2012 9:15:07 PM


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August 1, 2012 9:15:26 PM

cl-scott said:
The answer is no for two reasons:

1: There is no direct upgrade path between XP and 7
2: There is no way to upgrade a 32-bit OS to a 64-bit OS

So you will have to do a clean install of Windows 7. That optionally includes formatting, which I would recommend wholeheartedly if there's even a question of malware with your existing setup, but also because you have to reinstall all your apps anyway.



Actually your #1 is mistaken. I have an upgrade disk from Microsoft that does just that.
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August 1, 2012 9:23:16 PM

Okay, thank you! I just wanted to know if it was possible. Since mine is not, I will just do a clean install.
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August 1, 2012 9:23:55 PM

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August 1, 2012 10:21:51 PM

ahnilated said:
Actually your #1 is mistaken. I have an upgrade disk from Microsoft that does just that.


That's interesting considering the quote directly from Microsoft's website:

Quote:
To upgrade your PC from Windows XP to Windows 7, you'll need to select the Custom option during Windows 7 installation. A custom installation doesn't preserve your programs, files, or settings. It's sometimes called a "clean" installation for that reason.


http://windows.microsoft.com/en-ie/windows7/help/upgrad...

I'd be interested in hearing more about this disc you have, because if my information is out of date in some way, I'd like to change that.
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August 1, 2012 10:41:06 PM

cl-scott said:
That's interesting considering the quote directly from Microsoft's website:

Quote:
To upgrade your PC from Windows XP to Windows 7, you'll need to select the Custom option during Windows 7 installation. A custom installation doesn't preserve your programs, files, or settings. It's sometimes called a "clean" installation for that reason.


http://windows.microsoft.com/en-ie/windows7/help/upgrad...

I'd be interested in hearing more about this disc you have, because if my information is out of date in some way, I'd like to change that.



Hi :) 

There is NO disc that upgrades XP to 7...

The ONLY upgrade path (which I have had to use on customers machines) is to UPGRADE from XP to Vista, then UPGRADE again to 7...

Any other method means a wipe and clean install.... NOTHING LEFT FROM XP AT ALL...

All the best Brett :) 
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