I recommend using Macrium Reflect; it's a free download available from Start by gathering all the installation files for all your applications.
Many of you did not upgrade from Windows XP to Windows Vista, but are planning to upgrade to Windows 7. As a punishment, you can't upgrade directly from XP to 7; you have to do what's called a clean install, which means you have to jump through some hoops to keep your old data and programs. Make sure you have all the CDs or if you downloaded programs, back up any install files you have on an external drive.
Not to worry, a couple ways to deal with the pain of installing Windows 7 on your XP machine. Also don't forget to gather all the license keys either off product boxes or from e-mails.
Finally, you're ready to insert the Windows 7 disc. With XP, if you choose upgrade, the installation will fail.
When doing a clean install, it doesn't matter if you restart and boot off the disc or just run it from within Windows. Next, pick the partition or drive you're installing Windows 7 on.
At this point, you'll be able to do things like set up a password, set security preferences, set time and date, etc. The easiest way to fix them is to double-click the item, then click the update driver button.
Select Search automatically for updated driver software. If you're human and you still have a few devices with issues, try looking at the Windows 7 Upgrade Adviser to see if the device and its new driver are listed.
It will just become more insecure over time as Microsoft and everyone else stops supporting it. It has been officially supported for more than a decade.
If you’re still using Windows XP, you should be making plans to upgrade to something that will be supported.
But we don't have to mess with that, since we did the Easy Transfer Wizard earlier. Then click Start, choose computer, and under hard disk drives, choose the external drive where you stored your transfer data. You've upgraded, slowly and slightly painfully, from Windows XP to Windows 7.
Find the file you should have named "Windows Easy Transfer--Items from old computer" and double click. If you want to save a lot of this hassle, you can get a program that will move all your data and your installed applications for you.
Try using modern hardware or software on Windows 98, Windows Me, or even Windows 2000 — even Firefox no longer supports Windows 2000. Perhaps you’ve heard about how awkward Windows 8 can be on traditional computers — If you’re using Windows XP, we’re assuming you’re not using one of Microsoft’s Windows XP tablets.