"WINDOWS 7" UPGRADE--STEP-BY-STEP

 

SUMMARY:

 

To upgrade a "Windows XP" or "Windows Vista" computer to "Windows 7", do the

          following:

 

Step 1: Procure the following:

                    A copy of "Windows 7..Upgrade License" installation DVD

                    An external hard drive,

                    Drive imaging software

                              such as "Macrium Reflect Free Edition"

                              or "Acronis True Image 2010"

                   

Step 2: Use drive imaging software such as "Macrium Reflect Free Edition"

                    ("Macrium") or "Acronis True Image 2010"("Acronis")

                    to back up your computer.

 

Step 3: Run the "Belarc Advisor".

 

Step 4: Run "Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor".

 

Step 5: Run "Magical Jelly Bean Key Finder".

 

Step 6: If your computer connects to the Internet with a wireless Wi-Fi

                    connection, run "Wireless Key View".

 

Step 7: Make screen shot files of "Disk Management", "Services", "Processes",

                    and "Programs".

 

Step 8: Use the free version of "DriverMax" software to back up an initial copy

                    of all drivers in your computer:

 

Step 9: Run "Windows Update" to update your current copy of Windows.

 

Step 10: Use the free version of "DriverMax" software to back up a second

                    copy of all drivers in your computer:

 

Step 11: Run "Disk Error Checking".

 

Step 12: Run "Disk Defragmenter".

 

Step 13:  Run "PageDefrag" to defragment swap files and registry hive files of

                    the existing copy of Windows:

 

Step 14: Run a full scan with your antivirus/antimalware program.

 

Step 15: Run a full scan with the free version of Malwarebytes "Anti-Malware"

                    or "SuperAntispyware".

 

Step 16: This step is only required if this is a "Custom Installation"("Clean Install")

                    into a blank hard drive:

                    Use "GParted" on the "Parted Magic 4.x" LiveCD to create a single

                              NTFS partition for "Windows 7".                

                    (Many thanks to Dennis McCormick for this advice.)

 

Step 17: This step is only required if this is a "Custom Installation"("Clean Install")

                    into a blank hard drive:

                    De-activate application software programs that require de-activation

                               before you can re-install them:

 

Step 18: Run "Windows Easy Transfer" and save the "SaveData.MIG" file to a new     

                    folder on the external hard drive

                    called "Windows Easy Transfer<today's date>".

 

Step 19: If this is an "in-place upgrade" from "Windows Vista", turn on

                    "Virtual Disk" service in the existing "legacy" version of Windows.

 

Step 20: Insert the installation media for "Windows 7" and run it.

                   

Step 21: Run "Windows Update".

 

Step 22: Run "Windows Easy Transfer" and use the saved "SaveData.MIG" file

                    to restore selected data files and Windows settings to the computer.

 

Step 23: Perform post-installation steps:

          1) Use drive imaging software such as

                    "Macrium Reflect Free Edition"("Macrium") or "Acronis True Image

                    2010"("Acronis") to back up your computer.

          2) Speed up the computer

          3) Share files and printers with other "Windows XP"/"Windows Vista"

                    computers on the local area network

          4) Share files and printers with other "Windows 7" computers

                    on the local area network

          Etc.

          Etc.

 

          99) Activate Windows with the "Product Key".

 

          100) Use drive imaging software such as

                    "Macrium Reflect Free Edition"("Macrium") or "Acronis True Image

                    2010"("Acronis") to back up your computer again.

 

 

STEP-BY-STEP DETAILS:

 

STEP 1: PROCURE "WINDOWS 7 UPGRADE LICENSE",                      DRIVE IMAGING SOFTWARE,    AND AN EXTERNAL                   HARD DRIVE

 

                    Select between

                              a "Boxed set" or download with an upgrade license,

                       a "Boxed set" or download with a full license,

                       or

                       an OEM DVD or download with a full license?

                    The above selection depends on whether you will be doing

                              an "upgrade" installation

                              (also known as an "in-place upgrade")

                    or

                       a "custom" installation

                              (also known as a "clean install").

                      

                       Do not confuse "upgrade license" with "upgrade" installation.

                              "Upgrade license" versus "full license" is a purchase decision.

                              "Upgrade" versus "custom" installation is a decision that you

                                        make as part of the both the installation of the "upgrade

                                        license" and the "full license".

 

                              With an "upgrade" installation, the installation of "Windows 7"

                              leaves all of your data files on your C: drive, and it

                              leaves all software applications, and all Windows settings "in place"

                              and all of these items are available for you to use

                              after loading Windows 7.

                             

 

                             

                              With a "custom" installation, the installation process of "Windows 7"

                              removes all of  your data files on your C: drive,

                              removes all software applications, and

                              removes all Windows settings.

                              After loading "Windows 7", you have to

                              restore backup up copies of your data files to your C: drive,

                              re-install all software applications, and

                              restore all Windows settings.

                              (Microsoft's "Windows Easy Transfer" can assist you in restoring

                              data files to your C: drive and in restoring all Windows settings.)

                     

                             

                    Notes:

                    "Windows 7" is sold with a "full license" or an "upgrade" license

                    According to Microsoft, you are entitled to use the "upgrade license"

                              of "Windows 7" to upgrade any computer that has a legitimate

                              copy of "Windows XP" or "Windows Vista".

                              See

                              http://www.microsoft.com/windows/windows-7/get/upgrade-considerations.aspx

 

                   "Boxed set" arrives with both a 32-bit DVD and a 64-bit DVD

                              in the same box.

                              It only arrives with one "Product Key".

                              The product key is inside the inner package.

                              The product key is unique.

                              The product key consists of 25 alphanumeric characters.

                    For information on the decision between installing the 32-bit version

                              versus the 64-bit version, see

                              http://aztcs.org/meeting_notes/winhardsig/32bit-vs-64bit/32-bit-vs-64-bit.htm

                   

                    "OEM version" is cheaper and just as good as the fancy boxed

                              See http://blogs.zdnet.com/Bott/?p=1561

                              The "OEM version" only is available as a "full license".

                              It is not available in "upgrade license".

                              The "OEM version" (with a "full license") is usually cheaper than

                                        the "non-OEM version" (with an upgrade license).

                              The "OEM version" only arrives as

                                        a single 32-bit DVD (or iso file download)

                                        or a single 64-bit DVD (or iso file download)

                                        so be careful about selecting

                                        the 32-bit version or the 64-bit version when ordering the

                                        "OEM version".

                              The "OEM version" is usually cheaper

                                        than a consumer "boxed set" or

                                        "download" purchase of a consumer "boxed set".

                              The "OEM version" is a "full license", but it will not allow you

                                         to do an "in-place upgrade" of a comparable version of

                                        "Windows XP".

                              The consumer "boxed" set version of "Windows 7"

                                        is the version that you    should buy

                                        if you are undecided about whether you

                                        want to install the 32-bit version or the 64-bit version,

                                        since you get both DVDs or downloads.

 

                    Do not buy a higher version of "Windows 7" than you need:

                              Read Microsoft's comparison of the three versions of

                               "Windows 7 upgrade" at

                              http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows7/products/compare

                              For most business or home use, "Windows 7 Home Premium"

                                        has all the features that you need.

                              If you want to run Microsoft's "Virtual PC" or "XP Mode",

                                        you need to buy "Windows 7 Professional"

                                        or "Windows 7 Ultimate".

                              For most business or home use, the extra features of

                                        "Windows 7 Ultimate" will be totally unneeded and a waste

                                        of money.

                              It is very easy to upgrade from one version of "Windows 7" using

                                        "Windows Anytime Upgrade" (for a price, of course!).

                    If you purchased "Windows 7" as a download of an .iso file, you will have

                               to burn this .iso file to a DVD-R or DVD-RW disc.

                              If you need software for doing this burn, you can download

                              "ImgBurn" from http://www.imgburn.com

 

          External hard drive for storing data files, driver files, and the

                    "Windows Easy Transfer" file.

                    See http://aztcs.org/meeting_notes/winhardsig/addingharddrives.pdf

 

          Drive imaging software such as "Macrium Reflect Free Edition"

                    or "Acronis True Image 2010".

                    To download a free copy of "Macrium Reflect Free Edition", go to

                    http://www.macrium.com/reflectfree.asp

                    or

                    http://download.cnet.com/Macrium-Reflect-Free/3000-2242_4-10845728.html?part=dl-6288502&subj=dl&tag=button

                    To purchase, a deeply-discounted copy of "Acronis..", either go to

                              http://www.ugr.com and purchase with your computer user groups'

                              "group code" or buy a discounted, downloadable copy at                                                                       http://www.newegg.com

 

          If you are doing a "Custom Installation"("Clean Install"),

                    you will need the installation CDs or DVDs for all applications software

                     such as:

                              Microsoft Office xxxx installation CDs

                              Adobe Photoshop Elements x installation CD

                              Adobe Dreamweaver installation CD

                              etc.

 

          If you are doing an "Upgrade Installation" which is also known as an

                    "In-place Upgrade", you will only need the installation CDs or DVDs

                     for any applications software that becomes inoperative after the

                    upgrade to "Windows 7".

 

 

STEP 1A (OPTIONAL): VIEW MICROSOFT'S TUTORIALS                          ABOUT THE INSTALLING "WINDOWS 7":

          Microsoft's Web page and streaming video tutorials are great ways to prepare

                     your mind for an  "upgrade" to "Windows 7":

                    Their tutorial about upgrading a single computer from "Windows XP" to

                    "Windows 7" is at

                    http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows7/help/upgrading-from-windows-xp-to-windows-7

                    Their tutorial about upgrading a single computer from "Windows Vista"

                     to "Windows 7"    is located at

                        http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows7/help/upgrading-from-windows-vista-to-windows-7

 

     

 

Step 2: Use drive imaging software such as                              "Macrium Reflect Free Edition"

             or "Acronis True Image 2010"("Acronis")

             to back up your computer.

         

          Microsoft recommends that you create a backup image of the hard drive of your

                    computer, before you perform the upgrade to "Windows 7":

 

          Install "Macrium Reflect Free Edition"("Macrium") or "Acronis True Image                                                  2010"("Acronis").

          The instructions for installing "Macrium" are at

                    http://www.aztcs.org/meeting_notes/winhardsig/macrium/1/1_installing.html

 

          If you installed "Macrium", create a Macrium "Rescue CD" using the instructions at

          http://www.aztcs.org/meeting_notes/winhardsig/macrium/1/1_installing.html

 

          Attach the external hard drive to your computer.

          Use "Windows Explorer" to make sure that it is operational.

 

 

          Use "Macrium" or "Acronis" to create a "backup image file set" of

                    1) the hard drive and/or hard drive partition where

                    2) any hard drives or hard drive partitions that contain just data files

                       that you have not already backed up through another method.

         

          The "target location" for the "backup image file set" should be a folder

                    on the external hard drive.      

         

          If you are using "Macrium", follow the instructions at

                    http://www.aztcs.org/meeting_notes/winhardsig/macrium/3/3_backingup.html

 

          If you are using "Acronis", follow the instructions at

                    http://aztcs.org/meeting_notes/winhardsig/AcronisBackup.pdf

 

 

Step 3: Run the "Belarc Advisor"

 

          Go to

                    http://www.belarc.com

          Click on "Free Download".

          Download a file called "Advisor.exe".

          Double-click on this file.

          After "Belarc Advisor" installs into your computer, click on the Windows "Start"

                    button.

          Click on "All Programs".

          Click on "Belarc Advisor".

          Make a folder called "Belarc Advisor" your external hard drive.

          Save the "Belarc Advisor" report as an .mht file inside this new folder.

 

 

Step 4: Run THE "Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor"

 

          Go to

                    http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=1b544e90-7659-4bd9-9e51-2497c146af15&displaylang=en

          Click on the "Download" button.

          You will be downloading a file called "Windows7UpgradeAdvisorSetup.exe".

          After it downloads, double-click on it to install it into your computer.

          If a "User Account Control" box pops up, click on its "Yes" button.

 

 

 

         

Click on the option button for "I accept the license terms":

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Then click on the "Install" button:

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Click on the "Close" button of the "Installation complete" box.

Click on the Windows "Start button":

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Click on "All Programs".

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Click on "Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor".

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If a "User Account Control" box pops up, click on its "Yes" button.

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Make sure that you connect and turn on all devices such as printers, scanners, and secondary monitors.

Then click on the "Start check" button.

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Even though the dialog box tells you to, do not click on any of the hyperlinks on

dialog so that the "Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor" has as much RAM and CPU

cycles available to it as possible.

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Read this report carefully. It gives you an idea of what hardware and software

          components might break after you upgrade your computer to "Windows 7".

Print a hard copy of this report. You will need it for reference after you upgrade

          your computer to "Windows 7".

 

 

For all hardware and software issues that are noted in the report of the

          "Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor":

          Use the "Belarc Advisor" report to get more details on the exact model,

          version, and manufacturer of any software and hardware issues that are

          noted in the "Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor" report.

          Use Google search to attempt to find solutions for the incompatibility with

                    "Windows 7".

         

          For each hardware or software incompatibility, go the

                    the manufacturer's Web site and attempt to find out if the hardware

                    or software manufacturer has addressed the problem.

                    Then, save the "Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor" report as an .mht file,

                    a .txt file, or an .htm file to a new folder called

                    "Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor" on your external hard drive.

 

 

If you never put any "Service Packs" into your old Vista computer, you have to put

          in at least "Service Pack 1". Otherwise, the "Windows 7..upgrade" will not

          allow you to install.

 

 

Step 5: Run "Magical Jelly Bean Key Finder"

          Go to

                    http://www.magicaljellybean.com/keyfinder/

          Download the "keyfinder.n.n.n.zip" file.

          Expand the contents of "keyfinder.n.n.n.zip" into a new, separate folder.

          Open the keyfinder.n.n.n folder.

          Double-click on the "keyfinder.exe" file.

 

           

          Click on "File" on the "Menu bar".

          Click on "Save As."

          Save the "keyfinder report" as a text file to a new folder on your external hard

                    that is named "Keyfinder Report on <today's date>".

         

Step 6: if your computer connects to the                                 internet wirelessly through "wi-fi",

             Run "Wireless Key View"

          Go to

                    http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/wireless_key.html

          Download either the 32-bit version or the 64-bit version of

                    WirelessKeyView, depending on whether your current version of

                    Windows is a 32-bit version or a 64-bit version.

          Extract the contents of "WirelessKeyView.zip" to a new folder.

          Open the "WirelessKeyView" folder.

          Double-click on "WirelessKeyView.exe".

          A "WirelessKeyView" window will be displayed.

          Press "Ctrl" + "A" on the keyboard of your computer.

          All of the items in the list of wireless connections will be highlighted.

          Click on "File" on the Menu bar of the "WirelessKeyView" window.

          Click on "Save Selected Items".

          Save the text file to a new folder called "WirelessKeyView on <today's date>

                    on the external hard drive.

 

 

 

Step 7: Make screen shot files of

              "Disk Management", "Services",

             "Processes", and "Programs"

 

 

          Create a .doc or .rtf file called "Disk Management Screenshots"

                    in a new folder named "Disk Management"

                    on your external hard drive:

          Make a screenshots file of "Disk Management".

 

          Create a .doc or .rtf file called "Services Screenshots" in a new folder

                    named "Services" on your external hard drive:

                    To start the "Services" console:

                    Click on the Windows "Start button".

                    Type in

                              services.msc

                              into the "Run" box or the "Search" box.

                    Press the <Enter> key of your keyboard.

                    Make a screenshots file of all of your computer's "Services".

 

Create a .doc or .rtf file called "Disk Management Screenshots"

          in a new folder named "Disk Management" on your external hard drive:

          To start "Disk Management":

                    Click on the Windows "Start button".

                    Click on "Settings" if there is such a "Start menu" item.

                    Click on "Control Panel".

                    Click on "Administrative Tools".

                    Click on "Computer Management".

                    Click on "Disk Management".

                    Widen the "DIsk Management" window so that the text description

                              for  all of the partitions are displayed.

                    Make a screenshots file of "Disk Management".

 

Create a .doc or .rtf file called "Processes" in a new folder named

          "Processes in Task Manager" on your external hard drive:

                    Press "Ctrl" + "Shift" + "Esc"

                    Click on the "Processes" tab.

                    A "Task Manager" window will be displayed.

                    Make a screenshots file of "Processes" and save it to new a folder

                              called "Processes" on the external hard drive.

 

Create a .doc or .rtf file called "Programs in Former Version of Windows."

          into a new folder named "Programs" on your external hard drive:

                    If you are upgrading a "Windows XP" computer, make screenshots

                              of the           "Add or Remove Programs" applet of the

                               "Control Panel".

                    If you are upgrading a "Windows Vista" computer, make screenshots

                              of "Programs and Features" of the "Control Panel".

 

 

Step 8: Use the free version of "DriverMax"                                    software to back up an

                    initial copy of all drivers in your                                    computer:

 

          Use the free version of "DriverMax" software to back up an initial copy of

          all drivers in your computer:

          Go to http://download.cnet.com/DriverMax/3000-18513_4-10572602.html?part=dl-85782&subj=dl&tag=button

          Download and install "DriverMax".

          Run "DriverMax" and back up all of the drivers in your computer to a

                    new folder named "<today's date> DriverMax"

                    on the external hard drive.

         

 

Step 9: Run "Windows Update" to update

              your  current copy of Windows.

         

          To access "Windows Update", click on the Windows "Start button".

          Then click on "All Programs". The click on "Windows Update".

          Run "Windows update" to update any hardware drivers that it

                    recommends, unless you know that the manufacturer's hardware

                    driver is better than Microsoft's hardware driver.

 

          Run "Windows update" to update Windows

                    and Microsoft software applications.

 

 

Step 10: Use the free version of "DriverMax"                             software to back up a second

                    copy of all drivers in your

                    computer:

          (This is a repeat of the drivers backup that you performed in "Step 8".)

          Run "DriverMax" and back up all of the drivers in your computer

                    to a new folder named "<today's date>DriverMax"

                    in the external hard drive.

 

 

Step 11: Run "Disk Error Checking".

         

          Run "Error-Checking" for all hard drives and/or hard drive partitions of the                                         old computer:

                    Open "Windows Explorer" or "My Computer".

                    For each hard drive:

                              Right click on it.

                              Click on "Properties" in the popup context menu.

                              Click on the "Tools" tab.

                              Click on the "Check now" button in the "Error-checking" section.

                              If a "User Account Control" box is display,

                                        click on its "Yes" button.

                              Make sure that there is a checkmark in

                                        "Automatically fix file system errors".

                              Place checkmark in "Scan for and attempt recovery

                                        of bad sectors".

                              Click on the "Start" button.

                   

 

Step 10: Run "Disk Defragmenter".

          Run "Disk Defragmenter" for all hard drives and/or hard drive partitions of

                    the old computer:

                    Click on the Windows "Start" button.

                    Click on "All Programs".

                    Click on "Accessories".

                    Click on "System Tools".

                    Click on "Disk Defragmenter".

                    Click on the "Defragment disks" button.

                    If a "User Account Control" box is display, click on its "Yes" button.

 

 

 

Step 13:  Run "PageDefrag" to defragment

                    swap files and registry hive files

                    of the existing copy of Windows:

                              Follow the instructions at

                               http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/bb897426.aspx

 

Step 14: Run a full scan with your                                                       antivirus/antimalware program.

 

 

Step 15: Run a full scan with the

                    free version of Malwarebytes

                    "Anti-Malware"

                    OR "SUPERANTISPYWARE"   

          Use the free version of either Malwarebytes "Anti-Malware"

                    or "SuperAntiSpyware".

         The free version of Malwarebytes "Anti-Malware" can be downloaded at

                    http://malwarebytes.org/mbam.php

          The free version of "SuperAntiSpyware" can be downloaded at

                    http://www.superantispyware.com/download.html

 

STEP 16: THIS STEP IS ONLY REQUIRED IF THIS

                    IS A "CUSTOM INSTALLATION"

                    ("CLEAN INSTALL")

                    ONTO A BLANK HARD DRIVE:

          If this is a "custom installation" ("clean install") into a new, blank hard drive,

                    make a "Parted Magic 4.x" LiveCD by following the instructions at

                    http://partedmagic.com/

          If this is a "custom installation" ("clean install") into a new, blank hard drive,

                    use the "Parted Magic 4.x" LiveCD to boot up your computer.

          If this is a "custom installation" ("clean install") into a new, blank hard drive,

                     use "GParted" on the "Parted Magic 4.x" LiveCD to create a single

                    NTFS partition for "Windows 7".

          If this is a "custom installation" ("clean install") into a new, blank hard drive,

                    making a blank NTFS partition on the hard drive prevents the

                    installation wizard of "Windows 7" from making a separate

                    "System Reserved" partition on your hard drive.

 

STEP 17: THIS STEP IS ONLY REQUIRED IF THIS IS A    "CUSTOM INSTALLATION" ("CLEAN INSTALL")

       ONTO A BLANK HARD DRIVE:

          De-activate application software programs that require de-activation before

                    you can re-install them:

                    Examples of such software:

                              Adobe Dreamweaver

                              Adobe Acrobat Professional

                              Adobe Photoshop CS3

 

Step 18: Run "Windows Easy Transfer" and

                    save the "SaveData.MIG" file

                    to a new folder

                    Called

                    "Windows Easy Transfer<date>"

                    on the external hard drive.

 

          On the old computer, run "Windows Easy Transfer" to create a *.MIG file.

          Store this *.MIG file inside a new folder called

                    "Windows Easy Transfer<date>" on the external hard drive.

 

"Windows Easy Transfer" is Microsoft's free way for you to "copy" your data files, Windows user profiles and accounts (but not your application software programs), from one Windows computer to another. When an upgrade to "Windows 7" requires a "fresh install", you have to run "Windows Easy Transfer" before installing "Windows 7".

 

 

According to

            http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd446674(WS.10).aspx:

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Windows Easy Transfer is a software wizard for transferring files and settings from one computer running Windows to another. You can transfer data from one user's profile, or from multiple user accounts. The Windows Easy Transfer application helps you choose what to move to your new computer, enables you to set which transfer method to use, and then performs the transfer. When the transfer is done, Windows Easy Transfer Reports displays what was transferred and provides a list of programs you might want to install on your new computer, as well as links to other programs you might want to download.

 

With Windows Easy Transfer, files and settings can be transferred using a network, a USB flash drive (UFD), or the Easy Transfer cable. However, you cannot use a regular universal serial bus (USB) cable to transfer files and settings using Windows Easy Transfer. You can purchase an Easy Transfer cable on the Web, from your computer manufacturer, or at an electronics store.

 

Note:

You cannot use Windows Easy Transfer to move program files. Windows Easy Transfer can move only data and program settings. You must then install your software programs on the new computer.

Windows Easy Transfer also does not transfer any system files such as fonts and drivers. To do this, you must install custom fonts and updated drivers again in Windows 7.

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When you run "Windows Easy Transfer" and click on "This is my old computer", it makes a    "SaveData.MIG" file on your USB flash drive or an external hard drive. You then use the         "Windows Easy Transfer" to "import" this file into your new copy of "Windows 7". Do not   delete this SaveData.MIG file for a while. You might need it again if you need to repair or       re-install your new copy of "Windows 7".

To learn more about using "Windows Easy Transfer", for going from "Windows Vista" to        "Windows 7", see

            http://www.microsoft.com/windows/windows-vista/get/easy-transfer.aspx

"Windows Easy Transfer" is not an integral part of the "Windows XP" operating system.

To download it and install it for free into any "Windows XP" computer, see

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=2B6F1631-973A-45C7-A4EC-4928FA173266&displaylang=en

(Note: "Windows XP" has an obsolete applet called "Files and Settings Transfer Wizard".

 Do not attempt to use it to move files and settings to "Windows 7".)

 

"Windows Easy Transfer" is an integral part of the "Windows Vista" operating system.

To start "Windows Easy Transfer" from within "Windows Vista":

Click on the "Start" button.

Click on "All Programs". Click on "Accessories".

Click on "System Tools". Click on "Windows Easy Transfer".

Click on "Continue" if an "User Account Control" dialog box is displayed.

For advice on using "Windows Easy Transfer" for going from "Windows XP"

          to "Windows Vista", see

            http://www.mydigitallife.info/2009/07/26/how-to-upgrade-windows-xp-to-windows-7-with-windows-easy-transfer/

 

To view your "Windows Easy Transfer Reports", see

          http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows7/Transfer-files-and-settings-from-another-computer

Also, according to this Web page:

Windows Easy Transfer can't transfer files from a 64-bit version of Windows to a 32-bit version of Windows. If you're transferring from a 64-bit version of Windows Vista to a 32-bit version of Windows 7, you can move your files manually or use Backup and Restore in Windows Vista. For more information, see Back up your files and Restore a backup created on a previous version of Windows on the Windows website. If you're transferring from a 64-bit version of Windows XP, you'll need to move your files manually.

 

 

 

Step 19: If this is an "in-place upgrade" from                             "Windows Vista",

                    turn on "Virtual Disk" service

                    in the existing "legacy" version

                    of windows.

 

          Click on the Windows "Start" button

          Click on "Run".

          Type in

                    services.msc

          Look for the "Virtual Disk Service".

          Right click it and choose "Properties"

          Make sure the Startup Type is "Automatic"

          Close the "Services" window by click on the "X" button in the upper right-hand

                    corner.

          Click on the Windows "Start" button.

          Reboot the computer.

          (Many thanks to David Redmond for this information.)

 

Step 20: Insert the installation media DVD for                                     "Windows 7" and run it.

         

          Insert the installation media for "Windows 7" and start the actual installation

                    process.

                    If this is an "upgrade" installation, insert the installation media DVD

                              while you are running "Windows Vista".

                    If this is an "custom installation", you can try to start the installation process

                              from within your currently Windows operating system.

                              If the installation terminates with a warning of some sort,

                                        you will have to boot up the computer

                                                  with the the "Windows 7" installation DVD to re-start

                                                  the installation process.

          During the actual installation you will encounter two critical screens:

 

          The above screen is actually a test of you knowledge of the Windows 7

                    installation process.

 

                     If you select "Upgrade", it means that you want to do an

                              "Upgrade Installation"("In-Place Upgrade") from a like version of

                               "Windows Vista" to a like or higher version of "Windows 7".

                              If you are not allowed to "Upgrade" and you click on it anyway,

                                        the upgrade process will then show you with a screen that

                                        tells you that you have selected an unauthorized option.

                                        Your only choice at this point will be to terminate the

                                        installation process and power down the computer

                                        (and then boot up the computer with the "Windows 7" DVD

                                        in order to do a "custom installation".

                                       

                    If you select "Custom", it means that you want to do a "Custom Installation"

                              ("Clean Install") which starts off by wiping out any data, software

                              applications, and existing Windows settings on the hard drive

                              partition where the installation will take place.

 

 

 

 

 

If you select "Upgrade" when you are not allowed to, the installation will terminate with the following error notice.

 

 

On some of my installations of "Windows 7", I ended up at the above error message box, even when I selected "Custom" when I tried to start a "Windows 7" installation from within the existing legacy version of Windows. In these cases, I was able to complete the "custom" installation" by booting the computer with a "Windows 7..upgrade license" DVD.

 

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          When you encounter this screen, do not enter the 25-character "Product Key".                You can enter it in a few days or after an extended trial period of up to

                    120 days when you absolutely have to. This gives you the flexibility

                    make multiple attempts to perform the the upgrade to "Windows 7"

                    without having to phone the "activation agents" at Microsoft.

                    To run "Windows 7" for up to 120 days before putting in a

                    "Product Key", see

                    http://windowssecrets.com/2009/08/20/01-Use-any-version-of-Windows-7-free-for-120-days

          Repeat: Leave the "Product Key" text box blank.

          Also, remove the checkmark from "Automatically activate Windows when

                    I'm online" to keep the "Activation" reminder from bothering you while

                    you are in the trial period.

 

 

 

Step 21: Run "Windows Update".

          The "Windows 7" installation program attempts to find updates for itself during

          the installation process but it usually does not find all of them so you need

          to run "Windows Update" after the installation is completed.

 

Step 22: Run "Windows Easy Transfer" and

                    use the saved "SaveData.MIG" file

                    to restore selected data files

                    and Windows settings to the

                    computer.

 

          Run "Windows Easy Transfer" and selectively "restore" the files and settings

                     from the     "SaveData.MIG" file that you created earlier.

 

         

Step 23: Perform post-installation steps:

       1) Use drive imaging software such as

             "Macrium Reflect Free Edition"

             ("Macrium")    or "Acronis True Image                            2010"("Acronis") to       back up your

              computer.

       2) Speed up the computer

       3) Share files and printers with other                                  "Windows XP"/"Windows Vista"

              computers  on the local area

              network

       4) Share files and printers with other                                  "Windows 7" computers

             on the local area network

       Etc.

 

 

          Create a "System Repair Disc" for your new copy of "Windows 7".

                    Follow the instructions at

                    http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows7/Create-a-system-repair-disc

 

          To make "Windows 7" log you in automatically without requiring you to enter

                     a password, follow the instructions at

                    http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/windows-vista/make-windows-vista-log-on-automatically/

 

 

Follow the instructions for "Speeding Up Windows 7" at

          http://aztcs.org/meeting_notes/winhardsig/speedupWindows/windows7_speedup.html

 

 

To familiarize yourself with the new-fangled features of "Windows 7", see the

          "Using  Windows 7" documentation at

          http://aztcs.org/meeting_notes/winhardsig/win7howto/win7using.html

 

If "Aero Snap", "Aero Shake", and/or "Aero Peek" do not work, follow the

           troubleshooting procedures at

          http://aztcs.org/meeting_notes/winhardsig/win7howto/aerotroubleshooting.html

 

 

To share files and printers between "Windows 7" computers and

           "Windows XP"/"Windows Vista" computers, see the advice at                                               http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9142864/Set_Up_Your_Home_Network_Wind          ows_7_Edition?taxonomyId=89&pageNumber=1

 

To share files and printers with other "Windows 7" computers, create a new

          "HomeGroup" and make sure that all "Windows 7" computers belong to it.

 

         

Do not activate "Windows 7" with the 25-character "Product Key" until you are

           absolutely sure that it is working correctly and you do not have to re-install

          "Windows 7".

          To extend your evaluation period beyond 30 days for a maximum

                    of 120 days, follow the instructions at

                    http://windowssecrets.com/2009/08/20/01-Use-any-version-of-Windows-7-free-for-120-days

 

 

99) When you are sure that your upgraded "Windows 7" is working properly, you can

           activate "Windows 7" by following the instructions at

                    http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/3408-activate-windows-7-online.html

          If you are unable to activate Windows, follow the command line commands

                    and registry hacks mentioned in the following articles:

         

                    http://www.mydigitallife.info/2009/10/27/clean-install-windows-7-with-upgrade-media-and-product-key-on-formatted-or-empty-blank-hard-drive/

                    and

          http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9139837/Windows_7_install_trick_saves_up_to_100

                    and

                    http://community.winsupersite.com/blogs/paul/archive/2009/10/23/clean-install-windows-7-with-upgrade-media-the-answer.aspx

                    and

          http://www.maximumpc.com/article/howtos/how_use_your_windows_7_upgrade_disk_fresh_pc?page=0%2C1

                    and          http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9140125/Microsoft_confirms_Windows_7_install_trick_is_legal?taxonomyId=125&pageNumber=1             

 

 

100) Use drive imaging software such as

             "Macrium Reflect Free Edition"

             ("Macrium")    or "Acronis True Image                            2010"("Acronis") to       back up your

             computer again.