Microsoft Warns Upgrading from XP to Windows 7 Could Take "Couple of Hours"

Microsoft is warning users that upgrading from Windows XP to Windows 7 requires more steps than other upgrades, and will take, "a couple of hours."

The warning comes in a handy-dandy how-to video that steps users through the process, which includes backing up all your files to an external drive, wiping your system, doing a clean-install of Windows 7, copying your files back, and then reinstalling any applications you actually want to use.

The video is hosted by Kellie Eickmeyer, a senior program manager on Microsoft's Windows team, who tells us at the beginning that, "Installing Windows 7 on a computer running Windows XP requires more steps than a typical upgrade; and we'll be honest; it could take a couple of hours."

Enjoy the full video for a sobering reminder of what it's like being in the Windows world. That said, check out today's coverage of Guest account problems in Snow Leopard for a sobering reminder that as awesome as the Mac platform is, it's not always perfect.

Screenshot from XP to Windows 7 Upgrade Video
Ms. Eickmeyer letting us know gently that upgrading from XP to Windows 7 won't necessarily be a cakewalk