Sometimes us Mac users find ourselves using a PC. If you’ve got a PC that can support it, Windows 7 is definitely the way to go. Parallels, the makers of virtualization software for the Mac, has just released their Windows 7 Upgrade Tool.
So what does this new software tool do?
1) It makes the process of upgrading an existing PC running any version of XP or Vista to Windows 7 easier. Since Windows 7 requires a clean install, getting all of your files and programs over usually requires external backups and more manual configuring. Think of this new software tool as the migration assistant that should have been included with Windows 7 in the first place.
2) It allows programs that will work with XP (or Vista) but not Windows 7 to continue to run. Here’s where the real value is. This software tool saves the current XP or Vista state and allows programs that only work with XP or Vista to run on Windows 7 within a virtualized (invisible) XP system. There are some licensing questions around this virtualization (you normally cannot use an upgrade version of Win 7 and still run the original OS) but Parallels and Microsoft are partners on the project and enforcement seems to be non-existent.
For $40, this software may make it easier for you to upgrade from XP or Vista to Windows 7 on your PC, which is a very good thing.