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How to update your old Windows XP system to Windows 7 / 8

Posted on May 5, 2012 at 6:50 AM

Here is how you could update your old Windows XP system to Windows 7 or 8 without even spending a cent. Even old or cracked versions can be converted. Even that old low memory XP system can be updated/transformed into Windows 7 or 8.


You will need the following to begin the transformation:


  • DirectX 9.0c Redistributable June 2010                                       - Free for download   {95.63 MB}
  • Microsoft .NET Framework (x86) 2.0 Final                                  - Free for download   {22.40 MB}
  • Windows 7 Transformation Pack 5.1                                            - Free for Download   {35.39 MB}
  • Windows 8 Transformation Pack 7.0                                            - Free for download   {56.80 MB}


To start the transformation, download all of the above software packs. When finished, start in sequence to run each setup file, begin with the DirectX setup, then move to the .NET 2.0 update. When this is complete, run the transformation pack last.  :)


Alternative Links Provided by Rich Powers:

  • Windows 7 theme pack for XP                   Download
  • Tweaks and patches for Windows XP       Download

Now that you have installed all the update packs, restart your computer and watch as your old Windows XP system turns into Windows 7 or 8 without costing you anything.  8) 


Enjoy the experience. :)


May I just add that you do all this on your own responsibility. I am not responsible for any problems, errors, or loss of data.


You do this at your own risk!!  :roll:



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Reply Mark Grindem
4:17 PM on April 6, 2013 
Wondering about the XP conversion to Windows 7 instead of Windows 8. Any sugestions or pointers? Many thanks
Reply SSuite Admin.
4:23 AM on April 7, 2013 
Hi Mark,

The original conversion app was for Windows 7 but later changed to Windows 8.

But I have found the original download at CNET and have also updated the above blog. So just click on the above link to make your download.

Kind Regards

Reply Problem with Intel 4
3:35 PM on November 5, 2013 
I have Intel 4 in my PC and laptop with XP, they ran efficiently. I tried to do with your instructions but it didn't work. Is the Intel 4 too small for Windows 7? please respond
Reply SSuite Admin
6:46 AM on November 6, 2013 
Problem with Intel 4 says...
I have Intel 4 in my PC and laptop with XP, they ran efficiently. I tried to do with your instructions but it didn't work. Is the Intel 4 too small for Windows 7? please respond


The problem could not be your cpu, as the transformation pack is not cpu dependant but more on Windows XP itself.

What service pack are you running?... as SP2 and SP3 is more recommended for a successful installation.

I must also add that this package comes from a third party software developer, and is not always successful when installed.

I have just been to their website{ Windows-X }, and they suggest you install and use the Windows 8 package, please see their website for more information . According to them, they no longer support the Windows 7 transformation pack.

May I also just add that this is just an interface change and not actually a complete upgrade to Windows 8 from Windows XP.

I just added the above information for those who like to play around with their computers. For more information one the above transfrmation packs, go to this website .

Kind regards

Reply Rich Powers
2:57 PM on January 20, 2014 
I browsed the Windows 7 transformation pack link you supplied above.. I'm not sure what to think of it... It isn't really doesn't seem to offer any clear cut information about what is being installed or what system resources it might gobble up.. Plus I was a little overwhelmed by all the advertising pop-ups and what-not going on on that website.. The whole site seemed a little convoluted to me.

I'm not implying anything positive or negative about their pack, I don't know, haven't tried it.

An alternative transformation pack to consider which provides the same results would be SevenVG-RTM theme for XPis

This one I am familiar with. It's what I use and have installed on numerous computers. It uses no additional resources that I am aware of or have noticed, it's not buggy, it looks and feels like Windows 7, the precut version easy to install, and you can jstill easily tweak further with some additional enhancements (also freely available from there). I couldn't be more satisfied with it.

Extra Note: If you have an old slow computer...
Also, a semi-related note, (but not at all necessary to install the Windows 7 pack), I first made a clean install of Windows XP using another free software called Nlite. What it enables you to do is to strip out a lot of un-needed or unwanted bloat out of a XP install disc.. You pick and choose what to keep and what can go, it also enables fine tuning of your system. From that you burn a new XP installation CD. The end result is a very very noticeable improvement in the speed and performance on even the oldest low memory, low performance computers (like mine!).
There's a lot of specific tutorials on doing this, and it's rather simple. You can start by taking a look at this:

Alternately, instead of a fresh install you can fine tune your existing XP operating system using resource hacker (also free), but it is not nearly as effective in speeding up an old computer the way that Nlite can.
A quick google search will bring up countless step by step tutorials available on the web, and a novice can do it easily.
Reply Rich Powers
3:04 PM on January 20, 2014 
Here's those links again, they word-wrapped and broke in my post above..

Window 7 theme pack for XP:

Reply SSuite Admin
5:45 AM on January 22, 2014 
Hi Rich,

Thanks for the updated transformation links. I myself have not tested these transformation packs, I only added them for our users to play with.

I have updated and added your links to the above blog.

Thank you again for the links, much appreciated! :)

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