Help i've just bought a new computer with vista ultimate, and i can't transfer my 180Gb of mp3's from my external HDD it gets to about 50 Gb slows right down then just hangs. This then causes the system to go unstable i cannot delete the partial download i have to format the drive. thankfully i have a second internal HDD
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If you still have youir Vista license key and it is retail (not OEM), then you will be able to transfer your installation intact. Use windows vista system (not file) backup to a portable HDD. Also make a rescue disk. Then boot to the rescue disk on the other computer and follow the prompts to recover the main backup you made. You will need your license key to activate the new Vista. You may need to tell Microsoft that your old computer is no longer working to transfer the license. If the old license was OEM, you can't move the license (it is for the life of the original computer/motherboard only), and you will have to buy a Windows 8.1 pro license and migrate your data instead. I have done that from windows Vista 32 bit to Windows 7 64 bit. I used all different types of backups (including Mig, vista file backups, copy my whole profile) and carefully put it all back together. Let me know if you want more help with anything specific.
There is a work around to getting Windows XP programs to work under Windows Vista - Virtual PC 2007.
Virtual PC 2007 is a free download from Microsoft and it allows you to install any operating system and run it in a "window" on your Vista desktop.
Download Virtual PC 2007, create a Windows XP virtual machine, install Microsoft Money and transfer in your data. You can install Quicken as well.
The virtual machine will use your PC's actual connections (network, serial and printer but not USB) to connect to devices and the Internet.
Again - this is a work around that is proven to work. One side benefit - you can copy the virtual machine to an external hard drive / USB memory stick and run it on any comptuer that has Virtual PC 2007 installed on it.
GO TO GEEKS.COM AND PURCHASE A USB TO IDE INTERFACE. THEN TAKE YOUR HARD DRIVE OUT OF THE ENCLOSURE AND HOOK YOUR DRIVE TO THE CABLE AND HOOK UP THE POWER ADAPTER THAT COMES WITH IT. THE PROBLEM IS IN YOUR EXTERNAL DRIVES INTERFACE. IF YOU CANNOT SEE YOUR DRIVE WITH THE USB INTERFACE; THEN YOU HAVE A MAJOR PROBLEM WITH THE DRIVE.
Open Outlook Express go to File then Export and proceed to what you want to export. Follow the instructions from there. You will need a flash drive or CD to save the files and move them. Next go to Windows Mail, go to File then "Import". Follow the instructions and you should be good!
Most Windows files cannot be copied and / or transferred if they are in use. The only want to actuallt copy and transfer files of that nature is to remove the hard drive and use a usb adapter to attach it to another computer and access the hard drive as if it was an external, since the hard drive is not being used to boot the system all the files will be available. Just make sure that before you do anything, go to control panel > folder options > view > click on show system files and folders. This will allow you to be able to see all files and folders regarless of what they are.