Posted 06 May 2011 - 08:42 AM
i have decided to start over which means reinstalling xp, then upgrading to win7. my mistake was using the 'file and transfer wizard'. the needed program was the 'easy transfer wizard' that needs to be installed seperately. windows 7 has it's own 'easy transfer wizard' that was supposedly initiated by typing a command in a run prompt, which was not necessary in my case. when i browsed to the files saved by the 'easy transfer wizard' in xp and clicked on them, the 'easy transfer wizard' of windows 7 automatically kicked in and reinstalled the files.
another caveat worth mentioning happened during the microsoft updates. while it was installing ie9 the progress bar stalled for over an hour. it turns out (after i stopped the installation and closed the window, there were no other options that i could see) that there was a 'pop-under' that needed to be clicked on. the 'pop-under' was completely hidden.
fortunately, everything went well with the COA unactivation/reactivations that took place. i was really worried that i would get rejected either when i tried to reinstall xp or when i upgraded to win7. the COAs are different and when one is activated, the other is deactivated, and microsoft has to keep track of this.