Subscriber Bill Thompson wants to upgrade from Windows XP to Windows 7.

Hi Jonny!

This is Bill Thompson. I have a Sony desktop and it has windows xpme. I want to upgrade to window 7 but I am having trouble finding all the drivers I need without spending a lot of time and money.

Can you please advise?

Thanks, Bill

Many XP drivers will work even with Windows 7, but not all. If you upgrade and a peripheral maker doesn’t provide a Windows 7 driver, try the Vista driver (if they make one) or the Windows XP driver.

When I upgraded my old Windows XP notebook to the Windows 7 beta (fresh install of Windows 7), everything on the notebook worked fine. When I upgraded from the Windows 7 beta to Windows 7 Professional (again, a fresh install), several items didn’t work initially. However, visiting manufacturers’ web sites turned up either Windows 7, Windows Vista or Windows XP drivers that could solve the problem.

I found that the Windows XP driver for a laptop internal modem worked fine when I upgraded my laptop from Windows XP to Windows 7.

One other point — Bill wrote Windows XPME — there is no such thing. Windows ME was the short-lived version of Windows before Windows XP was released.

I recommended that he check the Sony site for driver downloads. Also, I suggested that he check the hardware manufacturer’s and chip manufacturers (e.g., the built-in video “card”) to get later drivers that may also work.

However, there really is a significant issue that Bill, and anyone else considering an upgrade from Windows XP to Windows 7 should consider: a lot of time has gone by since the days that Windows XP was sold pre-installed on computers.

Computers are vastly more powerful today than they were when Windows XP was sold, and especially since it was sold as the pre-installed operating system. Current software requires much more memory than their counterparts did in the Windows XP days.

If you’re considering upgrading Windows XP, think twice. My recommendation would be to get a new computer.

Jonny Matson

Johnny Matson is a computer expert from Washington. Johnny is an software engineer. At the moment he works as a system administrator. Articles on topics range from home networks to wireless networks to Internet security, software and others. I also recommend visiting the site and finding a very useful application - download guitar tuner app

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