9. You are then presented with a further three options for how to transfer the files and settings. They are:
· USB flash drive
· External hard disk or to a network location
Remember to plug in the USB flash drive or you won’t be able to select it.
For this example, I am going to select USB flash drive, but the process is similar if you select one of the other options.
Whichever method you are planning to use, ensure you have enough free space to successfully perform the transfer.
10. Confirm the location of your USB drive and create and confirm a password, if you want to use one. Click Next to continue.
If you are going to perform the transfer immediately then you probably won’t want to bother with a password.
11. Choose what you want to transfer from the three options. They are:
· All user accounts, files, and settings
· My user account, files, and settings only
· Advanced options
The recommended setting is the All user accounts, files, and settings option. However, if you want to specify exactly what you want to transfer you can click on Advanced options and make changes. If you do make changes, click on Next to continue.
12. Review the selected files and settings and if you are happy with the selection click Transfer, otherwise click Back to make changes or click Customise to fine tune the selections.
Depending on how much you are transferring, the process can take some time – be patient and sit back and watch the progress, or go grab a cold drink.
13. When the transfer is complete, remove the USB drive, click Close.
If you are planning on performing a clean installation on the same computer you are currently using, you may want to take an extra copy of your files just in case!
The following steps should only be performed once you have installed your selected edition of Windows 7.
1. Put the USB drive into the Windows 7 computer.
2. Launch the software by clicking on Windows Easy Transfer from the Start menu or by typing Windows Easy Transfer in the search box. This will bring up the Welcome to Windows Easy Transfer screen.
3. Click Next (you may be asked to close any programs that are currently running and may conflict with the transfer process).
4. You will be asked what you want to use to transfer the items to your computer.
Remember that we used a USB flash drive, so this example will be using a USB flash drive to perform the import process.
5. Click on An external hard disk or USB flash drive.