Mentor Win7 Startup Assistance
27 February 2010

Upgrading from WinXP to Win7
  • Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor (Link)
  • Windows Easy Transfer Utility - XP to external hard drive (Link)
  • Install Win7
  • Windows Easy Transfer Utility - External hard drive to Win7 (Utility on Win7 DVD)
  • Reinstall your programs and update drivers. Ninite good way to install popular free programs.
Upgrading from Vista to Win7
Adding (wireless) router if one not already in place (recommended)
  • Suddenlink - Router out of the box will run.
  • Verizon DSL - Getting a router to work with a Verizon DSL modem can be very difficult. It's best to get mentee to obtain Verizon's modem/wireless router combo. (Free or $66 depending persistence of mentee with Verizon.)
  • On existing router, if mentee doesn't know its username, password and wireless settings, it's easier to reset the router to factory defaults. (List of default usernames and passwords) Normally, all you'll have to do on a router that's already working is to reset wireless settings (SSID, and Security Type and its Key).
  • When a router is added or changed between the modem and PC(s), the modem must be reset. This can usually be accomplished by powering down the modem for 30 seconds. In the case of the Suddenlink Internet/VOIP (telephone) combo modem, the recessed reset button must be depressed for a few seconds (until all lights go out).
Differences in WinXP and Vista/Win7 Personal Files Structure (Link)
  • In WinXP, all the "My" folders are contained in the My Documents folder.
  • In Vista and Win7, the "My" folders are not in the My Documents folder. They are in the User's folder that now contains My Documents and all the other "My" folders. That's why there is no longer a system icon
No E-mail client in Win7 - Alternatives:
  • Outlook - Stay with it if already using Outlook. Export/Import PST. (Good reference)
  • Web Access - if already using it. Create Favorite/Bookmark in new browser(s). E-mails and contacts are at server.
  • Windows Live Mail (without Live Mail Acct). Can Export/Import from Outlook Express (XP) or Windows Mail (Vista) (Link)
  • Windows Live Mail (with Live Mail Acct). Can Export/Import from Outlook Express (XP) or Windows Mail (Vista) (Link) Only if mentee already has Hotmail, MSN or Live Mail account
  • Third-party e-mail client - recommend Thunderbird. Can install Thunderbird in old PC and import from Outlook Express. Then backup Thunderbird's contacts and e-mails in old PC and later restore into Thunderbird installed in Win7 PC using MozBackup bothways.
  • Windows Mail (not supported by MS). How to 'graft' Windows Mail from Vista (Link). Can Export/Import from Outlook Express (XP) or Windows Mail (Vista) (Link)
  • If account settings don't transfer properly through the methods suggested above, here are example WLM setups for Suddenlink and Verizon e-mail accounts that you can manually input (click on Add Account in left pane of WLM):
Networking - Setting up networking via the router between old PC and new Win7 PC can be helpful in moving files and folders from old to new PC. See the following:
Moving work in WinXP to Win7
  • Windows Easy Transfer - First Choice if old PC is still running and external hard drive is available. XP to external hard drive followed by external hard drive to WinXP. Be sure you run Windows Easy Transfer on Win7 before you reinstall your programs. Download 32-bit or 64-bit Windows Easy Transfer Utility for XP (Link). For Win7, it's on the Win7 DVD.
  • Via LAN - If networking is established between old PC and new PC, data can be moved or copied via the network from old PC to new Win7 PC. The differing file structures between WinXP and Vista/Win7 must be taken int account. Note that this may be faster than Windows Easy Transfer if old PC only has USB 1.0 for external hard drive.
  • Other Files - Examine programs installed in old PC and try to determine with mentee where data is stored by programs you're not sure are using My Documents. They will have to be manually backed up and, if they weren't transferred by the preceeding two methods, can be loaded from the manual backup.
Removing 'Shovelware' - New Win7 PCs typically are loaded with unwanted or unneeded programs. Often they are free only for a trial period and then must be paid for to continue their use. If mentee doesn't want to pay later for the trial versions, it's best to uninstall them before they are used. Examples: MS Office, and McAfee or Norton. Hopefully, the mentee will have an installation disk for MS Office used on old setup that can be installed in Win7. Open Office is a free alternative to MS Office. Norton and McAfee can be replaced with the free Microsoft Security Essentials.
Reinstalling Programs
  • Use installation media to reinstall things like Microsoft Office.
  • Use Ninite to install latest versions of popular free programs.
Tweaks to consider adding to Win7 (Things that XP users may used to and would appreciate)
  • Add Desktop System Icons (Click on Start, enter 'desktop icons' in Search box, click on 'Show or hide common iconson the desktop, check the following, click OK.)
    • Computer
    • User's Folder
    • Recycle Bin

Additional Win7 Resources: