Computer migration is the moving of data and applications between
two different computers. Two of the most common reasons requiring
a computer migration are the purchase of a new computer and the
upgrading of computers.
CAUTION: While there are several utilities that simplify migration,
it is recommended that you backup your files like pictures, music,
documents, and so on.
Migrating to Windows 7 From an Earlier Windows
Windows Easy Transfer is a step-by-step guide for transferring files and
settings from one computer running Microsoft Windows to another.
It helps you choose the data to move to your new computer, such as
user accounts, Internet favorites, and e-mail. It also lets you decide the
method to use and then performs the transfer.
NOTE: To use Windows Easy Transfer, you need to have an account
with administrator rights.
To open Windows Easy Transfer:
1. Click Start
2. In the search box, type Easy Transfer.
3. In the list of results, click Windows Easy Transfer.
The Windows Easy Transfer window appears.
Using Windows Easy Transfer, you can transfer:
• Files and folders
• E-mail settings, contacts, and messages
• Program settings
NOTE: Windows Easy Transfer does not transfer the programs
themselves, only the user-specified settings. Also, some
programs may not work with Windows 7. Check your program
documentation for more information.
• User accounts and settings like desktop backgrounds, screen savers,
and accessibility options
• Internet settings and favorites