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How to transfer user accounts from Windows XP to Windows 7, Part 2

Create a new administrator account

 

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

On the old (Windows XP) computer:

  1. Click: Start
  2. Click: Control Panel
  3. a. Click: User Accounts (if Control Panel is set to Category View)
    b. Double-click: User Accounts (if Control Panel is set to Classic View)
  4. Click: Create a new account
  5. Name the account: Transfer Admin
  6. Click: Next
  7. Select: Computer administrator
  8. Click: Create Account
  9. Click: Start
  10. Click: Log Off
  11. Click: Log Off
  12. Log in as Transfer Admin and proceed to Part 3

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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 antivirus software in Windows Vista

  • First, check your antivirus status.
  • This tutorial assumes that there is no antivirus software already installed.
  • There are many good antivirus products available. For demonstration purposes, we will use the free Microsoft Security Essentials
  • We will use the Microsoft Internet Explorer web browser. The process will appear slightly different if you use a different web browser.
  1. Click the down-arrow if Malware protections shows: Check settings
  2. Click: Find a program
  3. Scroll down
  4. Click: Microsoft Security Essentials
  5. Click: Download Now
  6. Click: Save
  7. Wait for security scan
  8. Click: Run
  9. Click: Next
  10. Click: I accept
  11. Select: Join the Customer Experience Improvement Program (optional)
  12. Click: Next
  13. Click: Next
  14. Click: Install
  15. Wait for the process to complete
  16. Click: Restart now

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How to check antivirus status in Windows Vista

  1. Click: Start
  2. Click: Control Panel
  3. a. Click: Check this computer’s security status (if Control Panel is set to Control Panel Home)
    b. Double-click: Security Center (if Control Panel is set to Classic View)
  4. Verify that Malware Protection shows as: On
  5. Otherwise, install antivirus software

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How to create a System Restore point in Windows Vista

  1. Click: Start
  2. Click: Control Panel
  3. a. Click: System and Maintenance (if Control Panel is set to Control Panel Home)
    b. Click: System (if Control Panel is set to Control Panel Home)
    c. Double-click: System (if Control Panel is set to Control Panel Home)
  4. Click: System Protection
  5. Check: Local Disk (C:) (System)
  6. Click: Apply
  7. Click: Create
  8. Type a label of your choice for the restore point
  9. Click: Create
  10. Wait for the process to complete
  11. Click: OK
  12. Click: OK

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How to fix Windows Vista Mail error: Header download for the ‘[Gmail]’ folder did not complete

  • You get the error: Header download for the ‘[Gmail]’ folder did not complete.
  1. Click: Hide
  2. Right-click: [Gmail] (under imap.gmail.com)
  3. Select: Synchronization Settings
  4. Click: Don’t Synchronize

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How to create separate Google Apps passwords for desktop and mobile applications

  1. Log in to Gmail.
  2. Click the gear icon.
  3. Click: Settings
  4. Click: Accounts
  5. Click: Google Account settings
  6. Scroll down.
  7. Click: Signing in to Google
  8. Scroll down.
  9. Click: App passwords
  10. Click: Select app
  11. Select any arbitrary label from the list.
  12. Click: Select device
  13. Select any arbitrary label from the list.
  14. Click: Generate
  15. Use the resulting password for a desktop or mobile app to access Google Apps.

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How to set the default web browser in Windows Vista

  1. Click: Start
  2. Click: Control Panel
  3. a. Click: Programs (if Control Panel is set to Control Panel Home)
    b. Click: Set your default programs (if Control Panel is set to Control Panel Home)
    c. Double-click: Default Programs (if Control Panel is set to Classic View)
    d. Click: Set your default programs (if Control Panel is set to Classic View)
  4. Select the web browser of your choice
  5. Click: Set this program as default
  6. Click: OK

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How to compact the Windows Mail database in Windows Vista

  1. Open Windows Mail.
  2. Click: Tools
  3. Click: Options
  4. Click: Advanced
  5. Click: Maintenance
  6. Change the number 100 runs to 1.
  7. Click: Close
  8. Click: OK
  9. Close Windows Mail.
  10. Click: OK
  11. Wait for the process to complete.
  12. Open Windows Mail.
  13. Click: Tools
  14. Click: Options
  15. Click: Advanced
  16. Click: Maintenance
  17. Change the number 1 runs back to 100.
  18. Click: Close
  19. Click: OK

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How to use Windows Mail with Gmail in Windows Vista

  1. Open Windows Mail
  2. Click: Tools
  3. Click: Accounts
  4. Click: Add
  5. Select: Email Account
  6. Click: Next
  7. Enter your name as you wanted it displayed in email.
  8. Click: Next
  9. Enter your Gmail address.
  10. Click: Next
  11. Click: POP3
  12. Click: IMAP
  13. Set incoming server to: imap.gmail.com
  14. Set outgoing server to: smtp.gmail.com
  15. Check: Outgoing server requires authentication
  16. Click: Next
  17. Enter your Gmail address your E-mail username.
  18. Enter your Gmail password.
  19. Click: Next
  20. Check: Do not download my e-mail and folders at this time
  21. Click: Finish
  22. Select the account you just created.
  23. Click: Properties
  24. Click: Advanced
  25. Check: This server requires a secure connection (SSL) (under: Outgoing mail (SMTP))
  26. Set Outgoing mail (SMTP) to: 587
  27. Check: This server requires a secure connection (SSL) (under: Incoming mail (IMAP))
  28. Set Incoming mail (IMAP) to: 993
  29. Click: OK
  30. Click: Close
  31. Click: Yes
  32. Wait for folders to download.
  33. Click: OK
  34. Uncheck: All messages (opposite the [Gmail] folder)
  35. Click: Inbox (under imap.gmail.com)

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