Windows 7 Prep

Cleanup on your PC needed before the Windows 7 OS Upgrade

A new Operating System means a fresh install of new fonts, new applications, and more.  Any files that you may have saved on your hard drive (C:), need to be moved to the My Documents or Desktop to be carried over after the upgrade.  If you are already saving work related files to the H: drive, you are in good shape.  Take this time to review files saved to all network drives, as they contribute to heavily burdened server space.  Ask yourself:

Do I really need to keep this document?

If you haven't referred to it in seven years, it is possible you don't need it readily available on the server.  If it is truly and archive, they it should be saved to the ALAIR site where it can be searched on and readily available without taking up valuable server space.

Is this document saved in multiple locations? 

If so, delete extra copies. It is amazing the number of files that are duplicated on team drives, home drives and the S: drive.  Review all the files you have saved to a network drive and delete outdated, duplicated files, and archive old ones you need to keep with ALAIR.

Save your Browser Bookmarks/Favorites

Move/Copy Bookmarks - Firefox

Remember, you can still use Firefox in Windows 7, it’s just that your bookmarks will be lost with the fresh install, so export them as HTML so you can import them after the upgrade.  To do that, follow these instructions.

If you happen to be on IE 8 still, the steps are a little different, pasted below.  Sorry that the options are all over the place.  I have collected different ways because of the diversity of browser versions in our office.  Let me know if this is what you are looking for or if you need something more.

Export the Favorites folder - Internet Explorer 9:

  1. In Internet Explorer, click Favorites, click the down-arrow next to Add to Favorites, and then click Import and Export.
  2. Click Export to a file, and then click Next.
  3. Click to select the Favorites check box, and then click Next.
  4. Select the Favorites folder that you want to export. If you want to export all Favorites, select the top level Favorites folder. Otherwise, select the individual folder that you want to export.
  5. Click Next.

    Note By default, Internet Explorer creates a Bookmark.htm file in your Documents folder. If you want to use a name other than Bookmark.htm, or if you want to store the exported Favorites in a folder other than the Documents folder, specify the new file and folder name.
  6. Click Next.

    Note If you already have a file that has the same name, Internet Explorer asks you to replace it. Click Yes to replace the file. Click No to provide a new file name.
  7. Click Export.
  8. Click Finish.

Copy and paste Favorites in Windows Explorer - Internet Explorer 8:.

  1. Click Start, and click on “Computer”.
  2. Navigate to the following location “C:\Users\<User Name>\Favorites”.
  3. Copy the Favorites from here.
  4. If you want to use the same favorites on another computer or user account then, you can paste the copied favorites from Step c to the same location as in Step b on another computer or User.