Windows Easy Transfer is a tool for transferring files and settings from one system to another running Windows. Not only this, you can transfer data from one user’s profile, or from multiple user accounts. It helps you to decide what to move to your new computer, which transfer method to use, and finally perform the transfer. When you are done with transferring, it displays a reports of the transferred content. It also offers a list of programs that you might want to install on new computer.

Note: You cannot use this tool to move program files. It can transfer only data and program settings. You must then install your software programs on the new computer. Its also not capable to transfer any system files such as fonts and drivers. You can transfer files and settings using a network, USB drive or the Easy Transfer cable. You can order this cable on the Internet or contact computer manufacturer.

Upgrade Windows XP to Windows 7

You cannot upgrade Windows XP to Windows 7. However, you can use Windows Easy Transfer to transfer files and settings from Windows XP to Windows 7 on the same computer. For this, you need to copy files to a removable media, such as an external hard drive or USB flash drive, or to a network share. Next, you will install Windows 7 and then migrate your files back from the removable media onto your computer. When you are done, you must re-install your software programs again.

Copy files using Windows Easy Transfer on XP computer.

• Insert the Windows 7 DVD while running Windows XP.
• Open Windows Explorer by right-clicking the Start menu, and then clicking Explore.
• Browse to the DVD drive on your computer and click migsetup.exein the Support\Migwiz directory.
• The Windows Easy Transfer window opens.
• Click Next.
• Select An external hard disk or USB flash drive.
• Click This is my old computer. Windows Easy Transfer scans the computer.
• Click Next. You can also determine which files should be migrated by selecting only the user profiles you want to transfer, or by clicking Customize.
• Enter a password to protect your Easy Transfer file, or leave the box blank, and then click Save.
• Browse to the external location on the network or to the removable media where you want to save your Easy Transfer file, and then click Save.
• Click Next. Windows Easy Transfer displays the file name and location of the Easy Transfer file you just created.

Transfer files and settings on Windows 7 computer.

1. If you saved your files and settings in an Easy Transfer file on a removable media such as a USB flash drive or external hard drive rather than on a network share, insert

the removable media into the computer.
2. Click Start, click All Programs, click Accessories, click System Tools, and then click Windows Easy Transfer.
3. Click Next.
4. Click An external hard disk or USB flash drive.
5. Click This is my new computer.
6. Click Yes, open the file.
7. Browse to the location where the Easy Transfer file was saved. Click the file name, and then click Open.
8. Click Transfer to transfer all files and settings. You can also determine which files should be migrated by selecting only the user profiles you want to transfer, or by

clicking Customize.
9. Click Close after Windows Easy Transfer has completed moving your files.

Great success is achieved by Microsoft by reducing the boot timing for its latest operating system, Windows 7, to only 10 seconds.

This is amazing, considering the fact that the BIOS has to turn on everything in the system from the CPU to hard drive, before the

OS begins to load.

Windows 7 has achieved this feat of extremely low boot time by using a healthy hardware configuration. Moreover, most of the

hardware manufacturing firms are paying more attention on cutting the boot time.

For example the Lenovo Group Ltd is making some remarkable changes like:

* Helps to prevent the BIOS phase from the loading of driver.
* Fixing the drivers of on-board hardware components that were cumulatively causing massive delays.
* Avoiding the loading of unessential application being included in the Startup programs. Using msconfig to disable stuff that

runs on startup

Dell, Toshiba and HP are also on course to follow the same trend.

Windows 7 version works extremely good even in the case of multiple operating systems. If your hard disk has ample space then you

can create a partition and dual boot your system. When you will turn on your computer, it will ask you about the option of OS.

If you wish to improve the boot processing then Windows 7 offers you some ultimate tools as mentioned below:

* Defragmenter should be used frequently.
* Defragment your Windows page file and registry as well.
* Check your hard drive from the temporary files frequently.
* Load up Windows faster by using Startup Delayer a free program that will speed up the boot time of Windows by delaying the

startup of programs.
* MSCONFIG will help you keep a check on many of useless Startup programs.
* Use a program click memtest86 or Prime95 to check bad memories on your PC.
* Do check your BIOS version, if required update it.
* Run chkdisk to remove bad sectors in hard drive.

Editing file tags in Windows Media Player is an easy way to reorganize you music, or modify the way tracks display on your MP3 player. Follow the simple steps below to learn how. This article assumes that the music you wish to modify has already been imported into your Windows Media Player library.

Step 1 : Open Windows Media Player and click on the Library tab.

Step 2 : Locate the album you wish to modify, and double click it to open it. You should now see a list of all of the tracks of the album.

Step 3 : Highlight the track you wish to modify by left-clicking it once.

Step 4 : Right-click on the track and select "Advanced Tag Editor." This will open up a new window.

Step 5 : Look over the new window carefully. You have many options available to you. For example, you can change the name of the track, the track number, the genre, or add to the information about the artist or composer. Also notice that there are five different tabs. Each tab has a different set of information that can be modifyed.

Step 6 : Click the "Apply" button at the bottom of the window when you are finished making changes.

Have your Windows Media Player been giving you trouble? Error messages like "windows media player cannot find the specified file", windows media player failed to open your files, your music files are listed 2 to 3 times in your media library, and many other persistent errors. If you want to learn how to fix these errors, continue reading. I have divided this article for each type of error and how to fix them.

For those whose Windows Media Player fail to open certain files.

First of all, check if you have the right codec installed for this type of file. There are many types of media files. Each of them needs a certain codec installed in your PC in order for them to play correctly. You can find them easily in the internet.

If this does not work then your computer must have broken registry files. You need to repair them using a registry cleaner which you can download for free. Learn how to get them in the end of this article.

My Windows Media player keeps on malfunctioning after update

If you are experiencing this error, you have 2 options. You can remove your Windows Media player and install the previous version. The other option is to repair your registry files using a registry cleaner. This will fix the windows media player error permanently.

My media file is listed twice or more in my library

This problem occurs when you move your media file to a new location. Instead of replacing the old library file with a new one, Windows Media player makes a new entry. Fix this error by switching off Media player, then go to "Documents and settings/All users/Application Data/Microsoft/Media Index/" then find a file named "wmplibrary.db" and delete it. After you delete it, open Windows Media player and rescan your media files to create a new clean list.

If this problem keeps persisting you should check your registry files. Scan your drive using one of the registry cleaners.

Which registry cleaner program should I use?

There are many registry cleaners out there. Sadly many of them do not work well, and still leave some of your broken registries unrepaired. After extensive research on the internet I have found 3 best registry cleaners. All of them work flawless and will fix all your registries. Fixing your registries will also boost your PC performance. Since your PC will not encounter anymore errors.

Watching videos and listening to songs in Windows Media Player are fun for many computer users. Although this application is useful, it can sometimes reveal unwanted information such as your personal play list or previously watched videos. To prevent others from knowing what you're listening to or viewing, you'll need to take some steps. With a few suggestions, you'll learn how to delete Windows Media Player history.

Step 1
Open Windows Media Player on your current computer system. Once the application fully opens, there will be several menu items listed at the top. A few examples of the choices you'll have include "File," "View," "Play" and "Tools." As you click onto each one of these options, a drop-down list with more choices will immediately appear for you to browse through. If you don't see these menu items listed in Windows Media Player, right click an empty space next to the right or left arrow at the top. Place a check next to "Show Classic Menus" to make the items appear.

Step 2
Click the "Tools" link and view the drop-down options listed. From this displayed list, click the "Options" link to continue. A pop-up box will quickly appear with more choices. There will be several tabs with multiple settings on each one. Examples of some of the tabs include "Player," "Library," "Plug-ins" and "Privacy." Select the "Privacy" tab to begin deleting the Windows Media Player history.

Step 3
Look at the sections located on this tab and navigate toward the bottom area. In the "History" section, uncheck the "Save File and URL History in the Player" if there's a check already there. This function allows your complete history of previously played media to be stored and viewed.

Step 4
Click the "Clear History" button located to the right of this area. It will immediately clear your media playing history from Windows Media Player. To further get rid of more media information, press the "Clear Caches" button to delete the caches of your CDs or other devices. Press the "OK" button to close the "Options" dialogue box and finish the recent changes you've made to Windows Media Player.

Clear History Through "More Options"

Step 1
Clear the history of recently played files from Windows Media Player by clicking the arrow underneath "Now Playing." A drop-down list of commands will quickly display after doing this. Choose the "More Options" link to gain access to more settings in the application.

Step 2
Select the "Privacy" tab listed in the pop-up box to begin deleting previously played media files. This tab will be divided into several sections for your privacy settings. You'll be able to specify privacy settings, enhance content, offer customer feedback and change your history settings.

Step 3
Click the "Clear History" button located in the "History" section to delete information. Depending on how much data has been stored, it may take a few minutes to successfully complete the process. Each saved file or URL will be erased from the Windows Media Player and no longer accessible.

Step 4
Press the "Clear Caches" button to also get rid of stored information from CDs or other devices. When finished, click the "OK" button to exit the "Options" dialogue box. All of your new changes will take effect in Windows Media Player.

Error C00D2EEE occurs when WMP cannot find your proxy server, this may be because the server is unavailable or the proxy settings have been entered incorrectly.
To edit your proxy server settings:
Go to Tools>>Options>>Network
Then in the streaming proxy settings area select and double click the server you want to edit
Click on 'Use the following proxy server' and then enter the settings of the proxy server you want to use. If you do not know this be sure to contact your network support who can provide you with the correct port and host name
NB- If you are on a dialup internet connection you may not be able to access the proxy settings
Of course if you don't know what your proxy settings are you can simply select 'Autodetect proxy settings' and the server will automatically feed back all the correct information to Windows Media Player Support Center.

Whether you call them windows media players, jukeboxes, mp3 apps, music managers, or whatever - we all need a proggy to listen to our digital music with, so we decided it was time for the Online Music Blog media player shootout. For the sake of this article I am only going to discuss players you can get for free and I am not going to go into p2p apps.

So with that, lets dive right in. For my money there are are only 3 choices - Winamp, iTunes, or Windows Media Players - but I'll talk a little about RealPlayer 10 as well. All of these applications share baseline features - playing various media files, cataloging digital media, etc. We'll focus on things about them that are different.

Back in the day, we had Winamp, and it was good. Unfortunately the original Nullsoft team has all moved on and instead of the hacker cred that Winamp used to have back when Justin Frankel et all were on the job it is now just another corporate media player with a hazy future.

Winamp lost a lot of momentum that it had when it released a ( very ) bad Winamp3 - but with the release of Winamp5 they seem to be back on track - it is useable, responsive, and has a lot of plugins and skins created for it.

The major problem is that for all of it's features it is not much, if any, better then the two dominant media players that are tied to successful music stores iTunes and WMP. Additionally you have to pay $14.95 to get the pro version that add features that iTunes and WMP include for free. One of the bonuses of using Winamp is the ability to tune into all of the cool shoutcast radio stations.

iTunes is, of course, is the digital jukebox front end for the iPod and the iTunes music store from apple computer. The iTunes music store was the first to get pay for digital music downloads right and it still has the largest legal downloadable catalog on the net giving the iTunes jukebox a hefty advantage.

If you are using a Mac then it is a no brainer - you should be using iTunes as you media player, but even if you are using Windows iTunes provides an attractive alternative. The iTunes store is superior ( imho ) to the Windows Media based stores such as Napster and with the legendary Apple ease of use in full effect iTunes makes a great Windows based Jukebox. Noteworthy is the Apple Lossless codec that allows one to rip CD's to the ACC format that sound as good as the CD itself to our ears. On the negative side, the iTunes jukebox feels heavy on moderately powered PC's compared to Winamp or WMP. It runs a little slower, seems to use more resources, etc.

Last (of yea, except for RealPlayer... ) Windows Media Player 10 is one of Microsoft's best pieces of software and is some much better then the last generation of MS media players. The jukebox itself is stuffed with features such as its ability to monitor changes to your digital media files and update itself, simple sync and burn, ratings, and the auto tag features are all very nice.

One of the changes in V.10 is the ability to rip files if the format and with ( or without ) the DRM of your choice. You also get the ability to listen to Internet radio streams with WMP, and although they tend to be more corporate then the hip shoutcast radio you can still find some good music. WMP also features a lossless ripping of CD's but I was less impressed with the results then I was with Apples Lossless.

And finally there is RealPlayer. The free RealPlayer 10 is better then previous version although that is not saying much imho. It still takes over your file formats by default, tries to force you register, runs in the background (phoning home ?) unless you can find the settings to tell it not to - all of the problems that it has always have. I say stay as far away from Real as possible even if you can use "Harmony" to use your iPod with the Real store. While I may be being over critical of Real's jukebox - I do think that there are other alternatives that are less intrusive and have better feature sets.

All in all I think that either iTunes or WMP is a solid choice and far and away the best media players available. Winamp is a okay too as long as you don't need to rip music or burn it back to a CD - but it is worth the download and install just to listen to Shoutcast stations from time to time. Personally I use WMP at work and iTunes are home, so take that for what it's worth. I think that I like WMP a little better, but not so much that I would take the time to switch my iTunes set up at home.