After you've indicated that you're currently working with your old computer, the wizard will perform a scan for items that can be transferred and should be backed up.
The results screen will show a list of user accounts that have been detected complete with the amount of data each contains.
With this step of the migration process complete, spend a little time ensuring that the discs and set-up files for applications that will be installed post-installation are available along with any necessary serial numbers.
It is also worth individually backing up settings for any third-party programs that cannot be included in the migration wizard's backup – such as browser configuration and plug-ins, FTP client settings, feed readers and anything else that would be time-consuming to reinstate manually.
The Windows Easy Transfer wizard can be found on the Windows 7 installation DVD.
It simplifies the process of backing up documents and settings, which can then be restored once a clean installation has been performed.
While a migration is the only real option available to users of Windows XP, it may also appeal to anyone upgrading from Vista.While it's possible to trust that the wizard has managed to correctly identify everything you would like to back up, it is a good idea to double-check by clicking the 'Customize' link that appears beneath each entry on the results page.From the submenu that appears, tickboxes can be used to select the type of data that should be backed up, while by clicking the 'Advanced' link you can select individual folders to add to the transfer set.Install Easy Transfer The transfer tool is located in the Support folder of the Windows 7 disc in a subfolder called Migwiz.Double-click the executable named 'migwiz.exe' to start the program and click 'Next' to skip the intro screen.This is because it results in a cleaner system that's not bogged down with remnants of the previous operating system.Windows Easy Transfer also comes in handy if you're making the move from a 32-to a 64-bit OS, because this also requires a clean install.If you have XP installed, you're going to have to perform a clean install, even if you've bought the upgrade edition of Windows 7.This means that files and system settings will have to be backed up and restored if the transition to Windows 7 is to be as painless as possible.While backups prove very useful in the event of a hard drive failure or other computing disaster, they're also invaluable when the time comes to reinstall or upgrade Windows.Manually backing up files and folders is simple enough – the process can involve little more than copying the relevant files to a separate hard drive.