The best way to upgrade from from XP to 7 is to first upgrade from XP to Vista, then from Vista to Win7. This will keep users, programs, and all documents/settings
Additionally, you can use the Easy Transfer Wizard if you dont have/cant get a Win Vista installation disk. This WILL NOT keep your installed programs. You will need:
- A Windows 7 disk
- An external hard drive capable of holding all of your files (presumably several hundred gigabytes to be safe)
- Your PC
Insert the Windows 7 disk and go to
[CDDRIVE:]\support\migwiz and run
migsetup.exe. Select the option for backing up your things to an external hard drive, and then select what you want to backup.
Then, install Windows 7 cleanly as normal. Once into Windows, click start and in search, search for Easy Transfer and run the wizard again to IMPORT your old things.
As a reminder, you will have to reinstall all your programs with this method.