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Microsoft Provides Windows 7 Getting Started Guide for XP Users

Time’s up folks, Microsoft ended support for Windows XP last month, and we discussed some of the options you have. One of those options is moving to Windows 7. If that’s the path you decide to go down, Microsoft has made a getting started guide available for you for free.

Microsoft Ends XP Support

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The guide is 13 pages and is a MS Word document available in in .docx format. You can download it from Microsoft here. Below is a shot of some of the topics available in the document.

The guide is simple to follow and gives you the basics of the new features that are included in the newer Windows 7. If you’re new to Windows 7, this is a good document to have at the ready.

If you want even more tips and how to advice, make sure to check out all of our Windows 7 articles here on the site!

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More Help in Moving from XP to Windows 7

While Microsoft has been pushing XP users to go to Windows 8.1, the better choice might be going to Windows 7. It won’t be as jarring of an experience. You can get the OEM Version of Windows 7 for under $100, but do note that it’s not the upgrade version. You will need to do a clean install. Because of that, make sure to use these following guidelines:

  • If you’re upgrading your existing XP system, the first thing you need to do is make sure your computer has the right hardware to do it. So before buying a copy of Windows 7, run Windows Upgrade Advisor. You can get the OEM Version of Windows 7 for under $100, but do note that it’s not the upgrade version. You will need to do a clean install.
  • If you’re moving from one XP computer to a Windows 7 computer, Microsoft has also made PCmover Express free to transfer your data.
  • Also, before starting the upgrade, gather up all of your software and product keys. Check out our article on how to collect your product keys.

Now, if you have a system that has the hardware to run Windows 8.1, check out our guide: How to Upgrade from Windows XP to Windows 8.

And don’t sorry about having a system that is touch-enabled. Microsoft has made the Modern UI easier to use with a mouse and keyboard with the latest Windows 8.1 Update.

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