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Steps Involved In Moving Files And Settings While Upgrading From Windows XP To Windows 7

You'll need to move your files off of your PC before you install Windows 7. To make this easier, Microsoft recommend a free download called Windows Easy Transfer, which will require an external hard disk.

They’re readily available at electronics and office supply stores, and they provide an easy way to add additional storage space to your computer.
Windows Easy Transfer is a free download that can help you move your files and settings to another location before you install Windows 7, and then back to your PC after Windows installation is completed.
As you prepare to move your files off of your computer to an external storage device, remember the following:
  • Windows Easy Transfer helps simplify moving your files and settings.
  • Windows Easy Transfer creates a single file containing your files and settings. The file could be quite large depending on the amount of data you have, which is why Microsoft recommend using an external hard disk.
  • As you prepare to move your files off of your computer to an external storage device, remember the following:
Windows Easy Transfer doesn't move your programs, only your files and settings. You'll need to reinstall your programs by hand after Windows 7 installation is complete. Windows Easy Transfer will provide you with a list of programs that you are currently using with Windows XP.

Windows Easy Transfer can't transfer files from a 64-bit version of Windows to a 32-bit version of Windows. This means if you're running a 64-bit version of Windows XP, but you plan to install a 32-bit version of Windows 7, you won't be able to use Windows Easy Transfer to migrate your files and settings.

You’ll also need Windows XP Service Pack 2 or higher. If you're not sure of what you have, click Start, right-click My Computer, and then click Properties. Under System, if you see "Service Pack 2" or "Service Pack 3", you can use Windows Easy Transfer. If you're not running Service Pack 2 or 3, go to the Windows XP service pack (http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=160880) webpage to update your PC.

Download and install Windows Easy Transfer
  1. Download Windows Easy Transfer (http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=160881) from the Windows website. If you're running a 32-bit version of Windows XP, under For Windows XP:, click Download 32-bit. If you're running a 64-bit version of Windows XP, click Download 64-bit.
  2. Click Download, and then click Open.
Run Windows Easy Transfer to save your files and settings
  1. Make sure your external hard disk or other storage device is connected to your computer.
  2. Click Start, click All Programs, and then click Windows Easy Transfer for Windows 7.
  3. Click Next.
  4. Select An external hard disk or USB flash drive.
  5. Click This is my old computer, and then wait while Windows Easy Transfer scans the computer.
  6. Clear the check boxes next to any user accounts that you don't want to transfer data from, and then click Next.
  7. Enter and retype a password, and then write it down and keep it in a safe place; or leave the boxes blank, and then click Save.
  8. Browse to the external hard disk or other storage device where you want to save your Easy Transfer file, and then click Save. Warning: You must save the Easy Transfer file to your external hard disk or other storage device, and not to the default location My Computer. If you don't save the Easy Transfer file to your external hard disk, the file you just created will be deleted during the custom installation of Windows 7.
  9. Windows Easy Transfer will begin saving your files and settings. Do not use your computer during this time.
  10. When you see the message These files and settings have been saved for your transfer, click Next. Windows Easy Transfer displays the file name and location of the Easy Transfer file you just created. Write down the file name and location so you can easily find it when you’re ready to transfer files to Windows 7.
  11. Click Next, and then click Close.
  12. Ensure that the file is saved to your external hard disk or storage device, and then disconnect the device from your computer.

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