After you've installed Windows 7, now you're ready to run Windows Easy Transfer again and move your files and settings back to your computer.
Be sure you run Windows Easy Transfer before you reinstall your programs. That's because Windows Easy Transfer moves your files back to where your old programs will expect them to be when you reinstall them.
Make sure your external hard disk or other storage device that contains your Windows Easy Transfer migration file is connected to your computer.
Click the Start button, click Computer, and under Hard Disk Drives, double-click your storage device.
Browse to the location where you saved the Easy Transfer file, called Windows Easy Transfer – Items from old computer, and then double click the file.
If you gave the file a different name when you originally created it, browse to that file and double-click it.
If you entered a password when creating the Easy Transfer file, type the password, and then click Next.
If you receive a message saying that you don't have enough free disk space to migrate your files back to your computer using Windows Easy Transfer, you can use Disk Cleanup to delete temporary files left over from your Windows 7 installation and free up additional disk space. To learn how to do this, read the "Post-install clean up (optional)" section at the end of Step 5: Reinstall your programs and update drivers.
On the Choose what to transfer to this computer page, you can decide how the user accounts from Windows Vista are transferred to Windows 7.
To accept the current account mapping, click Transfer.
To change how the Windows Vista accounts are mapped in Windows 7, click Advanced Options.
On the Your transfer is complete page, click See what was transferred to view a list of the user accounts and files that were moved from Windows Vista to Windows 7. Click See a list of programs you might want to install on your new computer to view what was previously installed on Windows Vista.
Click Close. If you're prompted to restart your computer, click Restart now.
If you transferred more than one user account, you might be prompted to change the password the next time you log on. If you're prompted to do so, click OK, and in the dialog box that appears, do one of the following:
If you want to give the user account a password (recommended), type a new password, retype it, and then press Enter. There's no need to type the old password from Windows Vista.
If you don't want to give the user account a password, leave the boxes empty, and then press Enter.
If you used Backup and Restore in Windows Vista to save your files, you can restore them in Windows 7. For more information, see
Restore a backup created on a previous version of Windows.
Windows Easy Transfer moves your music and video files, including files protected by digital rights management (DRM), but it doesn't move the licenses for these types of files. To re-obtain rights to the files, you'll need to contact the provider of the files. Some online stores offer this and might refer to it in different ways, such as computer activation, computer authorization, library restoration, or license synchronization.
The procedure for restoring your rights varies from store to store. The store might limit the number of times that you can restore your rights, or limit the number of computers on which you can use the songs or videos that you've obtained from them. Some stores don't permit you to restore rights to DRM‑protected files at all. For details about store policies, refer to your store's customer support or Help information. If your music or video was obtained from a store that's no longer in business, you won't be able to restore your rights to that content.
If you're using Windows Media Player, you can add online stores and try to re-obtain rights to your music by doing the following:
In the Player Library, click the arrow to the right of Media Guide at the bottom of the navigation pane, and then click Browse all online stores.
Click your store, install the store software, and then click a customer service or account management link on the store's webpage.
If you've recorded DRM‑protected TV content using Windows Media Center, you won't be able to restore your rights to that content after installing Windows 7.
If you purchased DRM‑protected content from the Zune Marketplace, and used Windows Easy Transfer to move your content to Windows 7, you'll be able to access the content once you reinstall the Zune software and log in. If you didn't move over your content, you can use the restore feature in the Zune software to re-obtain the content and the rights to that content. After you've reinstalled the Zune software, do the following:
In the Zune software, click Sign In, type your Windows Live ID and your password, and then click Sign In again.
Do one of the following:
For purchased content, click Settings, click account, and then click Purchase History. To locate the content that you want to restore, click Songs, Movies, TV, Videos, or Music Videos, and then browse to the content.
For Rental or Zune Pass subscription content, click Settings, click account, and then click Rental History or Subscription History. Then, locate the content that you want to restore rights to.
Next to the content, click Download. Or, click Restore All to download all the missing subscription content.
If you try to restore non-DRM‑protected content, you will receive an error message.
View your media collection to confirm that the content has been successfully restored. Some content might still be downloading and not immediately available.
Next: Reinstall your programs and update drivers.
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