How To Upgrade To Windows 7 From Windows XP -- Microsoft Windows 7 -- InformationWeek. Okay, all jokes aside, if you really, positively, have to get Windows 7 and you are running XP, this Information Week article will tell you how. However, this page listing all the things you can't do, and all the problems inherent in such an upgrade, and all the changes to your system, make me ask the question: "Why do you want to do it, in the first place?" Perhaps a masochistic streak runs in your family; maybe you enjoy pain; maybe you have dozens of hours to spend tweaking a new operating system, and changing settings, and learning a new way of doing things you have grown accustomed to doing the XP way. Before you do it, please consider. Is your system running smoothly? Do all of your essential applications and peripherals work okay? Are you getting your work done? Do you relish the opportunity to spend hours with paralegals and attorneys and secretaries in your firm who have problems with their data after the "upgrade"? Did you spend too little on your IT consultant last year, and you really want to help him or her send their kids to college? Do it if you must; but, don't come crying to me later. You are on your own.