I would also second making your own restore file, but not until you've updated WIN 7 with any current program and security updates. Also, uninstall any included programs that came pre-installed you do not intend to use. I would also recommend first installing your preferred antivirus, firewall, and browser. Then make a system image backup. You can use this to restore your system to a base state should it ever be necessary. This will save you significant time over using the factory supplied restore discs or file. You can then make either differential or incremental backups, so have multiple backup options.
I've also used Revo Uninstaller and IO Uninstaller, but you may want to consider using the free Comodo Programs Manager(CPM). It actively monitors an installation, so can remove all changes made to your computer when uninstalled. The other free versions of uninstallers do not offer this function. You can either allow it to auto monitor new installs, or just right click an install file(.exe) and select CPM to monitor the installation.
I had a question for ReadyToGo and tried to PM him but he doesn't accept PMs. I didn't want to steal this thread but it sort of applies, so here is my post to RTG:
RTG, I have not heard about this $15.00 upgrade to Win8, how do I go about making sure I don't miss it? I have a fairly new Gateway with Win7 but no hard copies of the program as it was pre-installed as most are today. I usually don't upgrade but stick with my original OS until it's no longer supported. Got to stop that. I also have a netbook with Win7 Starter, do you know if there will be any possible update for that. I'd like to go to the full version but I'm cheap and we only use the netbook for travel, usually 4-6 weeks a year.
I PM'ed you because I didn't want to steal the OP's thread but wasn't sure you would see my post. I could repost my question and your answer if it's appropiate.
My whole family should partition and upgrade in Oct, three of us use netbooks and I hope there would be room enough. Could I use one of my externals to upgrade like a partition?
"I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel's sake. The great affair is to go". R. L. Stevenson
Win 7 is pretty good at telling you that a particular software installation is not compatible and will offer ways to make it work - if it can. I have found very little that would not install on Win 7 from Win XP, including an older version of MS Office that was "not supposed" to be able to run on Win 7 - it runs perfectly. What you can't do is transfer from one computer to the other. Software in Windows will not install this way. You must have the install disks. If there were updates, search your drives for those update files. If you downloaded Office then there should be files from the download - burn them to disks and use those to install on the new PC. If you can't find the Office files, then Open Office or LibreOffice are both free and work just as well.
If your new PC has a 64bit install of Win 7 (likely that it does) you may need new drivers for your printer and add on hardware. Win 7 sends you to the websites to find printer drivers that it does not have available. Unless it is a very old piece of hardware that is no longer supported, you should have no problem finding 64bit drivers on the websites of the manufacturers.