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Home network set up

I dont know how to go about about setting up my home network between my new Toshiba Laptop with Vista and my older Dell Inspiron 8200 laptop with windows XP. I want to be able to transfer my emails etc to the new laptop.
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  • gREYING Oct 14, 2008

    I use the email program that comes with windows. I only look at my emails once they have been downloaded into my computer. I have sensitive emails on the old computer which will be given to my daughter so I have to transfer them to the new computer and there are a lot of them (100+). I can certainly rec'v emails on both computers but I want all the important ones on one computer.

    Thanks

    PS I also thought a home network might be good to as you say transfer files from one computer to another.


  • myad51 May 11, 2010

    please provide details.

    What program you are using for email.

    Why do you want to transfer email from one laptop to another when your email can be accessed from

    any computer as long as you are using the same program.

    Networking is used to transfer/share files etc.

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Possibly the best solution for moving the emails is not as much about a home network as it is about the method you use. I definitely enjoy having a home network because it allows me to share music and files between my computers and it allows me to give internet access to friends when they come over.

That being said, it sounds like you are using Outlook Express for your email and are going to be moving it to Vista's "Windows Mail", which is a repackaging of the same program.

To do this, you will have to export your email in a format that the Windows Mail in your new laptop can read. Luckily you aren't the first person to do this. Try this instructional page. The trick is that where this walkthrough assumes you will be moving the data in a thumb drive or other transportable device, if you had a home network set up you could save it directly to the shared directory of your new computer. That's the only difference.

After you have followed the instructions, make sure all of your email has imported properly and then delete it from the Windows XP laptop. Also, remember to delete from your thumb drive or other device the file you used to transfer the email over to the new computer.

If you don't already have wireless set up, it is probably the easiest and most friendly way to have a home network. Microsoft has a good starter introduction to it. But the basics are pretty basic. If you have DSL or Cable internet already and your "router" or modem doesn't already have a wireless router built in (no antennae), then you'll need a wireless router. Even if you don't have any DSL/Cable service you'll want a wireless router. Check out Netgear, 3Com, and Linksys for these.

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