Learn how to migrate from Windows XP to Windows 7

This Tuesday (08), Windows XP will no longer be supported by Microsoft. The consequence is that the operating system does not receive updates and fixes. In addition, the company responsible for its development does not offer any kind of user support.

Since the announcement of the end of support, the company has directed its users to update the system and, in case the equipment is not supported by newer versions of Windows, which is considered the possibility of purchasing a new PC.

This column will be presented one of the possible methods for migrating from Windows XP to Windows 7, using utilities that assist in the procedure so that the files and settings are preserved.

Why upgrade to Windows 7?
Although the Microsoft operating system is already in version 8.1, many users have done the downgrade to version 7 operating system. The problems encountered are related to difficulty of use, and in specific cases, the problem of driver support. 

What is needed? 

order to perform the procedure for updating the operating system described in this column, the reader will need the following intensities: 

1 DVD of Windows 7 installation – 1 external HD, or any other storage medium for files on the PC. -. installation discs or setup files of programs that will be used in Windows 7 architecture x86 or 64-bit OS? 

Before starting the upgrade procedure, you must take into consideration what the architecture of the Windows 7 installer and if it is supported by PC hardware. If your computer has 4GB (gigabytes) of RAM or more, the ideal is to install the 64-bit version because the efficient manageability memory. To identify which is the PC architecture, then right-click My Computer and click Properties. Appears which is the architecture of the version of Windows installed.

Checking if PC is supported by Windows 7 Microsoft has created a utility to check the settings of the PC and if it is supported by Windows 7, the installer of Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor is available free on this link .When you run the program, it is necessary that all peripherals are connected to the PC, it will also be checked for their compatibility. The time required for completion of verification may vary depending on the hardware resources and the amount of attached peripherals. At the end of the procedure, view a detailed report on the supported hardware and the PC is able to update the system. 

Copying the files and settings that link hereis available for download a free program that helps the migration of files and settings. The fate of all the saved content can be recorded on a DVD repository on the network or an external HD. The time for the file transfer depends on the volume of data and the selected storage medium. But it is worth pointing out that in that case, no program installed on Windows XP is saved to be restored in Windows 7. The same goes for the use of operational and DRM (digital rights management) system license. 

Installing Windows 7 and restoring files

Insert the Windows 7 DVD or USB bootable when booting the installation wizard installation drive. Click the Custom option (Advanced) and then click Drive options (advanced). It is not necessary to format the disc – the installation process will overwrite the older version of Windows.

After the screen for the type of installation appears, click Custom. Select the partition containing Windows XP (usually the C: drive of your computer) and click Next. Select the external USB hard drive, in the Windows.old dialog box and click OK. The following steps are the same as a conventional Windows installation. 

Restoring files from the Utility 

Locate the file generated by ‘Easy Transfer’ and run it. You can choose whether the exported user accounts will also be restored. If this order, click ‘Upload’. The process may take several minutes or even hours, depending on the volume of data being restored. Ideally, do not use the PC during the process. At the end, just restart it and check if all content has been successfully restored.