How to transfer user accounts from one Windows 7 PC to another, Part 1

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 computer:

  1. Click: Start
  2. Click: Control Panel
  3. a. Click: Add or remove user accounts (if Control Panel is set to Category Mode)
    b. Click: User Accounts (if Control Panel is set to Icon Mode)
    c. Click: Manage another account (if Control Panel is set to Icon Mode)
  4. Click: Create a new account
  5. Type: Transfer Admin
  6. Click: Administrator
  7. Click: Create Account
  8. Click: Start
  9. Click the right-arrow next to: Shut down
  10. Click: Log off
  11. Log in to: Transfer Admin
  12. Proceed to Part 2
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How to transfer user accounts from Windows XP to Windows 7, Part 4

Restore the user accounts

 

  • 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: Yes
  10. Click: Network
  11. Click: Click to change (if File Sharing is turned off)
  12. Click: Turn on network discovery and file sharing (if File Sharing is turned off)
  13. Select the device where you stored the user accounts
  14. Select the folder where you store the user accounts
  15. Select the file where you stored the user accounts
  16. Click: Open
  17. Enter the password you created earlier (if necessary)
  18. Click: Next
  19. Click: Transfer
  20. Wait for the process to complete
  21. Click: Close
  22. Click: Restart now
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How to transfer user accounts from Windows XP to Windows 7, Part 3

On the old (Windows XP) computer:

  1. Click: Start
  2. Click: My Computer
  3. Find the location where you stored Windows Easy Transfer in Part 1
  4. Double-click: Windows Easy Transfer
  5. Click: Run
  6. Wait for the process to begin
  7. Click: Next
  8. Click: An external hard disk or USB flash drive
  9. Click: This is my old computer
  10. Wait for the process to complete
  11. Uncheck: Transfer Admin
  12. Click: Next
  13. Add and confirm a password (optional)
  14. Click: Save
  15. Chose a network or external drive to store the backed up user accounts
  16. Customize the filename (optional)
  17. Click: Save
  18. Wait for the process to complete
  19. Click: Next
  20. Click: Next
  21. Click: Close
  22. Proceed to Part 4
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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 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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