Upgrading your Windows XP Machine

Before You Start:

Run the Microsoft upgrade tool to assess if your PC will run Windows 7  -   http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/downloads/upgrade-advisor

It will produce quite a bit of information. The important parts relate mostly to the hardware of the PC. However there will be a lot of software that is no longer compatible with Windows 7.

This will be the biggest issue as you need to find all of your original specialized software and see if you can get a newer version or try and re-install it on the upgraded PC and see if it will run. There are some options to run older software in "compatibility mode" but it isn't always successful.

Your options:

1. Back up all of your files and then contact IS to come and install Windows 7 (you need to schedule this in advance with IS)

2. Schedule a time to drop off your PC at the IS office and let us back up your files and upgrade the system (Be prepared to leave it for a day or two)

What you will need:

•  You will need an external hard disk. You'll need to move your files off of your PC before you install Windows 7. To make this easier, we recommend a free download called Windows Easy Transfer, which will require an external hard disk. They're readily available at electronics and office supply stores, and they provide an easy way to add additional storage space to your computer.

• The original installation discs or setup files for the programs that you want to use with Windows 7. You'll need to reinstall your programs by hand after installing Windows 7. When you run Windows Easy Transfer you will get a report that lists the programs that you are currently using with Windows XP.

Most Common Issue when upgrading:

Although the PC hardware will in most cases support Windows 7 unless you upgrade the memory (RAM) to 4Gbytes or more, you will have performance issues.  You can go to this site: http://www.crucial.com/ and select "System Scanner". Install the tool and it will tell you how much memory you currently have and how much additional memory the PC can accommodate. Pricing and specifications for the additional memory will also be available. We recommend a minimum of 4 Gbyte but 8Gbytes would be preferred.

Remember, upgrading to Windows 7 on older hardware may not always be successful and IS cannot be held accountable for these types of issues. We will do our best to make the system work but cannot guarantee it will be successful or that any previous software you may have purchased and installed will work in Windows 7.

You should also talk to your Department Head about the possibility of purchasing a new PC.

Want to keep your existing XP machine to run equipment or run your specialized software? You can but it can't be connected to the TAMUG network. Click here to submit a request.

Please contact IS at: helpdesk@tamug.edu or by phone: 740-4714