Windows 7 is the latest operating system released by Microsoft and has gained good popularity among the masses. This looks like a refined and bug free version of Windows Vista. Users of Windows Vista can upgrade to this operating system very easily through the simple upgrade path, but users who do not have Windows Vista, will have to take a longer path in order to upgrade to Windows 7. Technically there is no direct upgrade path available for moving to Windows 7 from Windows XP, but if you search on the Internet you will find some third party tools which can assist you in doing the same. The way that Microsoft suggests is to take a backup of your data in Windows XP and then install Windows 7 completely fresh on the hard drive, but these ways users will lose their installed applications, settings, and other personalization which they would have done in Windows XP. One of the best tools out there in the market for solving this purpose is known as Windows 7 Migration Tool. The Basic Migration tool is free of cost but you would need to pay a little for migrating extra stuff which is not covered in the basic edition. In this post I will discuss some features of this tool.


1. Easy to interface with very little complexities so that any normal user can find it helpful.

2. Capable of migrating data, settings and applications from Windows XP to Windows 7.

3. In case some of the applications cannot be migrated then this tool will assist you in manually downloading the applications and installing them later on in Windows 7.


Basic Migration Tool:

Using the basic migration tool you can easily migrate your user profiles, desktop settings, application and other software settings, and the data stored in ‘My Documents’ folder. All this can be migrated using the basic edition of Migration Tool and this comes for free. If you wish to get the advanced Migration Tool then you need to pay for the support subscription and the technicians supporting the tool will assist you out in the overall migration and upgrade process. This assistance will be over the phone or over the remote session wherever and whenever possible.

In case you do not wish to use this tool then you will have to sacrifice all your installed applications, because you can certainly take a backup of the files. Once you have taken the backup of your data on some external media, you can go ahead and install Windows 7 on your computer and once done you can restore the backup to get your files back.