How to transfer user accounts from Windows XP to Windows 7, Part 1

Prepare the Windows Easy Transfer software

 

  • For this tutorial we will use a shared network drive, but a portable hard drive could also be used.

On the new (Windows 7) computer:

  1. Click: Start
  2. Click: All Programs
  3. Click: Accessories
  4. Click: System Tools
  5. Click: Windows Easy Transfer
  6. Click: Next
  7. Click: An external hard disk or USB flash drive
  8. Click: This is my new computer
  9. Click: No
  10. Click: I need to install it now
  11. Click: External hard disk or shared network folder
  12. Click: Network
  13. Locate the shared folder you wish to use
  14. Click: OK
  15. Wait for the process to complete
  16. Proceed to Part 2
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How to install Google Chrome in Windows 7

  1. Open your web browser.
  2. Type: http://www.google.com/chrome
  3. Click the right-arrow.
  4. Click: Download Now
  5. Click: Accept and Install
  6. Wait for the process to complete.
  7. Click: Start
  8. Click: All Programs
  9. Scroll the list to the bottom.
  10. Click: Google Chrome
  11. Right-click: Google Chrome
  12. Click: Pin to Taskbar
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How to find Microsoft Fixit

Note: Microsoft Fix it has been renamed Microsoft Easy fix. Open https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/2970908/how-to-use-microsoft-easy-fix-solutions and follow the instructions.

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How to check antivirus status in Windows 7

  1. Click: Start
  2. Click: Control Panel
  3. a. Click: Review your computer’s status (if Control Panel is set to Category View)
    b. Click: Action Center (if Control Panel is set to Icon View)
  4. Click the down-arrow opposite Security.
  5. Verify that Virus protection shows status: On
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How to turn off visual effects in Windows 7

  1. Click: Start
  2. Click: Control Panel
  3. a. Click: System and Security (if Control Panel is set to Category View)
    b. Click: System (if Control Panel is set to Category View)
    c. Click: System (if Control Panel is set to Icon View)
  4. Click: Advanced system settings
  5. Click: [Settings…] (under the Performance heading)
  6. Click: ( ) Adjust for best performance
  7. Click: [OK]
  8. Click: [OK]
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How to find a Windows 7 video tutorial

Update 28-Jul-2016: The link below no longer works. Here is a substitute: http://www.gcflearnfree.org/windows7 Open: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows7/help/videos Scroll down the page for a selection of tutorial videos. You may need to install Silverlight.

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How to install Microsoft Silverlight in Windows 7

  • These instructions use the Microsoft Internet Explorer web browser. If you use a different browser, the steps will look different.
  1. Click: [Click now to install]
  2. Click: [Save]
  3. Click: [Run]
  4. Clear the checkmarks in the two option boxes.
  5. Click: [Install now]
  6. Click: [Close]
  7. Click the refresh icon in the top right corner.
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How to fix unexpected foreign characters in Windows 7

  1. Click: Start
  2. Click: Control Panel
  3. a. Click: Change keyboards for other input methods (if Control Panel is set to Category view)
    b. Click: Region and Language (if Control Panel is set to Icon view)
  4. c. Click: Keyboards and Languages

  5. Click: [Change keyboards…]
  6. Select any keyboards other than: English (United States)
  7. Click: [Remove]
  8. After all keyboard except English (United States) are removed, click: [OK]
  9. Click: [OK]
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How to prevent Windows 7 going into sleep mode

  1. Click: Start
  2. Click: Control Panel
  3. a. Click: System and Security (if Control Panel is set to: Category)
    b. Click: Change battery settings (if Control Panel is set to: Category)
    c. Click: Power Options (if Control Panel is set to: Icons)
  4. Click: Change plan settings (on whatever plan is currently selected)
  5. Select: Put the computer to sleep: [Never]
  6. Click: [Save changes]
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