Many you have been waiting for a good Windows XP replacement because of the horror’s you heard about Windows Vista. So now Windows 7 is out and you have heard this is the one to upgrade to now, but you can’t upgrade XP to Windows 7. There is a utility that is included on the Windows 7 disc to backup settings and files before you upgrade and here is how to do it. They do mention that if possible you should back-up your entire hard drive before you upgrade.
I strongly recommend that along with the utility backup from the install disc, that instead of backing-up the entire hard drive as they recommend is to pull your current hard drive and put a new hard drive in your computer. This way you keep you disc with all its contents and setup in tact.