- Confirm all of my backups are current (and keep them current)
- Confirm all of my Outlook data files are included in my backups
- Update my list of downloaded software and license keys as needed to be current
- Burn copies of any new downloaded software to my backup CD
- Create a restore point just before converting (just in case)
My old laptop has Windows Vista and the new one will have Windows 7, so I won't be able to use my latest restore point to set up my new laptop, unfortunately. I'll have to check and see if I can do a partial restore which includes all of the software except the operating system. I have Norton Ghost, so it's worth checking my options.
Once it arrives, I'll have a bunch of work to do to get it set up with all of my software, including:
- Install all software that I have on CD
- Install all software that I've downloaded (from my list)
- Copy all of my data files over (from my last backup)
- Set up my email accounts in Outlook and open data files (from backup)
- Install my new Adobe CS6 software - excited to get the new version of DreamWeaver and others that I'll use a lot
As far as I know, all of the business software that I use is compatible with Windows 7. One exception may be my "Family Tree Maker" software that I use for personal stuff (I'm the historian for both sides of the family). I may have to bite the bullet and finally buy a new version, in spite of the terrible reviews that I've seen on it.
As I go through this process, I'll continue to post my findings and experiences, as I did when I was recovering from a hard drive crash this summer. If you are one of my customers and are reading this, please be patient while I do the actual conversion (starting in about 2 weeks). I may not be able to respond quite as quickly as normal if you need something, but I will get back to you.
Wish me luck!