You know that backup you keep making in case your computer hard drive fails? It's time to test how good that was.
There's always EASY TRANSFER that is included with Windows 7.
As to the email I suggest you try Thunderbird if you can't get Outlook.
Finally time to replace my Dell desktop running XP Home with an HP desktop with Windows 7. What is the best way to transfer files, pictures, music, contacts, etc. from XP to Windows 7? My email and contacts are currently in Outlook. I don't know what email program to use on the new computer since I bought the Student and family version of Microsoft and I don't think it includes Outlook.