Running Windows 7 for the First Time
If you’re running Windows 7 for the first time, click the Start button and click Getting Started to visit the Welcome Center. The Welcome Center covers just about everything you need to get Windows 7 up and running the way you want it. You can work your way through the following buttons to customize your PC:
Go Online to Find Out What’s New in Windows 7: This button takes you online to a variety of tutorial videos that introduce you to the new features in Windows 7.
Personalize Windows: Head here to splash a new photo across your desktop, change colors, or tweak your monitor.
Transfer Files and Settings From Another Computer: This helpful area lets you lug all your old PC’s files and settings to your new one.
Use a Homegroup to Share with Other Computers in Your Home: In Windows 7, the new Homegroups offer a simpler way to share information between PCs in a home.
Choose When to be Notified about Changes to Your Computer: Windows Vista owners should drop by here. It lets you adjust how much your PC should nag you when potentially unsafe situations arise.
Go Online to Get Windows Live Essentials: Windows 7 no longer includes an e-mail program, Calendar, photo-editing tools, or movie-editing program. Instead, Microsoft wants you to download its new Windows Live suite of replacement programs.
Back Up Your Files: Computers can trash your work faster than you can create it, so be sure to protect it.
Add New Users to Your Computer: Click here to set up accounts on your PC. This area also lets you control what your kids (or roommates) can do on your PC.
Change the Size of the Text on Your Screen: A boon for the baby boomers, this quick fix helps avoid eyestrain from tiny text.
To see more information about any of these tasks, click the button once. Or double-click a button to move directly to that particular chore.