Once the installation of Windows 7 has completed, it's up and running and ready to use. But something interesting happens during the installation process you should know about. Your old XP files are backed up and stored for you and they are available to you here in Windows 7, so let's explore that now. We will go to the bottom-left corner and click the Windows, or sometimes called the Start button, and then click Computer. Now, in Windows Explorer, we will go to our hard-drive, probably called Local Disk (C:), if you have only got one.
Double-click that and you are in the root section of your hard drive, you will find a folder named Windows.old. You can double-click that to open it up and you will see some sub-folders and files. Now, these are the files that were stored during the installation process from Windows XP. For example, if we go to Documents and Settings and double-click, you will see the user accounts that you have. Find your own and double-click that folder, and you see all of your own sub-folders, and in those sub- folders you will find your files, such as your Documents.
Double-click My Documents to see all of your documents and sub-folders for Music, Pictures, Videos, and so on. So you always have these files accessible to you here in Windows 7. But if you have used Windows Easy Transfer earlier on to back-up your files and even your settings like, settings for Internet Explorer and e-mail messages and Outlook, for example, then you will want to think of this as a back-up that you can access in case of an emergency. Because you will have all of these files plus all of those settings in Windows Easy Transfer.
So we will just close up this window and feel safe and secure knowing that we have all of our files backed- up in that Windows.old folder.
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