I’ve tried to search this but have had no luck. My wife’s computer has XP Pro 64-bit installed and she wants to try (again) to upgrade to Windows 7.
I have 2 hard drives for her computer, the one with the XP OS is installed and the other with Windows 7 is waiting to be installed. I only planned on installing one HD at a time, but if I can install both and copy her user files and emails from one HD to the other, that would be an option too. Eventually I want to have just the Windows 7 HD installed and archive the XP HD in the safe.
Several months ago she wanted to try Windows 7 but I anticipated that she may want to switch back to XP if she didn’t like the new system. I bought a new HD and installed it in her computer, then installed Windows 7 Pro on it. The new system works fine and was updated to a current state as of several months ago. I realize there will be lots of Windows 7 updates to install, and I’m willing to spend the time necessary to do that.
However, I’m looking for a short cut for installing all of her personal settings and Outlook email files from XP to Windows 7. I’m thinking that I could copy her entire User file from the XP system and after Win 7 is finally updated and current, paste that User account into Windows 7. MS Office 2003 is already installed on the new HD.
I realize it won’t be a 100% “one for one” swap and that I may have to tweak several settings from her XP User account, but is using the XP User account even feasible? If I can’t paste her XP User account, can I copy her XP Outlook PST file onto a flash drive and then paste that PST file into Windows 7? I don’t see why that wouldn’t work, but there are a lot of issues that I’m not aware of.
Does anyone have any better suggestions on how to import her personal settings and emails into Windows 7 on the new HD?
Thanks in advance!
P.S. I didn't realize this was my first post. I've been lurking and reading for quite a while. I live in the Largo, Florida area and have been very active in computers for several years, but just recently upgraded to Windows 7 on my personal computers. I'm getting more comfortable with Windows 7 each day, but now that I've broken the ice with this first post, I hope to become fairly active. I hope that I can eventually contribute to the forum. I'm glad to be here!