Updating xp sp3
Before or at least by that date you’ll need to reinstall a prior version of Windows on your system or a subsequent release of the Windows 7 beta if there is another release.Microsoft has historically released more than a single beta version and / or a release candidate or two before going to manufacturing with their products so there may additional opportunities to upgrade current systems with other Windows 7 betas between now and the actual release to manufacturing (RTM) of the operating system.As a point of reference, the Windows Vista upgrade options from prior installations of Windows XP and Windows 2000 are shown on the Microsoft website on the Get Windows Vista: Upgrade options page and it shows you which installations allow an in-place upgrade and on which ones you’ll need to perform a clean install.[NOTES FROM THE FIELD] – If there was some desire or need, you are able to upgrade Windows 2000 Professional to Windows XP and then from there you could upgrade to Vista (and from there I suppose you could go to Windows 7 if you really wanted to).These multiple steps from OS to OS would allow for an in-place upgrade each time and it would save all of your installed applications and settings (provided they run and are supported on the newer operating systems through each of the successive jumps) but from a support standpoint of the system itself it is not recommended.From a Windows XP standpoint when it comes to attempting an in-place upgrade, the setup routine will halt because it is not a supported upgrade path.
Better look for it as it will be faster than downoading onto this slow thing he he"Yeah no i am a linux "She may be better off with a light weight distro on it, especially if it is just for internet and office stuff and wiping the drive is ok because she hasn't save alot of stuff on it yet.
You can choose one option or the other; unless you have some specific reason to do otherwise, it is almost always the best bet to go ahead and get the latest updates for installation (as recommended by the setup wizard).
[NOTES FROM THE FIELD] – For obvious reasons, if you’re not connected to the internet you’d want to choose not to get the updates at the time of install.
At the time of final release of Windows 7, Microsoft is recommending that users that had been working with the beta installation to do a wipe and load (clean installation) and then install the RTM bits.
As I mentioned, there is no supported way to do an in-place upgrade from Windows XP Home or Professional so while this walk through does start off that way we are not going to be allowed to complete the install unless we switch to a Custom Installation which effectively sets us into a clean installation.