I just read an article over at PCMag in which the writer states that upgrading from Windows XP to Windows 7 is going to be a bumpy ride. In the article it states that users of Windows XP will need to do a clean install if they wish to upgrade to Windows 7. OMG ! This is world shattering.

The article states that:

“A custom installation gives you the option to either completely replace your current operating system or install Windows on a specific drive or partition that you select. You can also use Custom if your computer does not have an operating system, or if you want to set up a multiboot system on your computer.”

Just so you know, “…replace your current operating system…” means starting over. You’ll lose settings and will need to back up all your files to storage outside that XP system. All your apps will need to be reinstalled, as well. And you may have to manage some of the hardware driver updates, too. Microsoft also is not promising that all your XP apps will work with Win 7: The company has always promised that all Vista hardware and software would.

First of all upgrading from any version of Windows to a higher version has always been considered ludicrous. Second, I would seriously doubt that any XP box, if it came preinstalled with XP, would even be supported by Windows 7. Third, if your computer couldn’t run Vista, does anyone believe it will support Windows 7?

What do you think?  Is this a big deal or just a fact of life?

Share your thoughts.

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