Windows XP is an operating system developed by Microsoft and was first released in the year 2001. XP had tremendous success as it was the first consumer oriented operating system developed by Microsoft. This operating system was there for a long time until Windows Vista came to the scene in 2007. Unlike Windows XP, Vista didn’t have much of a success and was subjected to a lot of criticism. It was at that time that Microsoft decided to come up with Windows 7 which was released on October 22, 2009. Ever since its release, it has captured the hearts of Windows users because of its user friendliness and cool features. Windows 7 is available in both 32 bit and 64 bit editions.
Even though XP comes in both 32 and 64-bit editions, it is not possible to directly upgrade to Windows 7. To do this, you first need to upgrade to Windows Vista 64-bit and then upgrade to Windows 7. However, you will still be able to install Windows 7 on your XP computer through a clean installation. This article contains Windows 7 support instructions for doing the same.
Windows 7 support instructions
What you can find below are the instructions provided by Windows 7 support team which will guide you through the process of upgrading to the Windows 7 64-bit edition.
- Start off by inserting the Windows 7 64-bit installation disc into your DVD drive. Now restart your computer to boot from
CD/DVD. For this to happen, you must configure your boot preference through boot options.
- Go through the initial configuration settings and hit the “Next” button.
- Begin the installation procedure by hitting the “Install Now” button.
- Go through the end user license agreement and select to Agree it. Hit the “Next” button.
- Click on the option labeled “Custom” since you won’t be able to use the upgrade option in this situation.
- Select “Drive options” and choose the Windows XP partition. Click on “Format” and hit the “Ok” button for removing all files and folders from the drive. If incase your partition is in FAT32 format, it will now be NTFS. Hit the “Next” button.
- Fill in the user configuration for Windows 7 and hit the “Next” button. Fill in the rest of the fields and hit the “Next” button till you complete the whole installation process.
That’s it! Your Windows XP will be upgraded to Windows 7 pro 64 bit edition. Have fun with the new OS!