The Washington Post has an article today about 5 things you should know about upgrading from XP to Windows 7. It's a great topic, since so many people opted to skip Vista entirely, and are (were?) still running Windows XP. The WP's article is not that long, but the slant struck me, so let me put it in plainer terms:
- Microsoft didn't make an XP to 7 upgrade tool, despite the fact that so many people avoided Vista and stuck with XP, so you need to blow away your system and re-install.
- Or, upgrade from XP to Vista, then upgrade from Vista to 7. Says the article: "It doesn't even have to be licensed since you won't be activating it and won't have it loaded for more than a few hours". Yes, I think the Washington Post just recommended software piracy to make the Windows upgrade easier.
- If you have older hardware, you will have a tough time finding drivers in 7. But Microsoft has software to help you find software.
- You may lose settings when you upgrade to 7, but Microsoft has more software for that.
- Your Windows security software won't work in 7, so you'll have to buy new versions. Yay! More software to make the software you already own work better.