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Need to know how to transfer programs and files from old to new PC

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  • mrcds869 Oct 08, 2009

    Thanks a lot for the advice. I'll use the wizard for the settings, etc., but a lot of the programs I need to copy across aren't pre-installed programs - they're ones I've either bought or downloaded or otherwise acquired, so they aren't on the system discs.

    Both computers are Dell, by the way. The old one's running XP Pro and the new one Vista.

    Thanks again, and, if you've got any advice on copying the programs across, I'd really appreciate it.

    Cheers,
    Ray

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There are three sets of items that you need to transfer.
It would be best to use an external USB drive and keep the data on the drive as a backup.

1. Settings (Internet favorites, desktop settings, cookies, address book, etc.)
2. Data (My Documents, and multimedia content)
3. Programs

It would be easy if the old computer was also a Dell; however, you can't simply "copy" to the new computer.

#1. Settings: There is a built-in utility called "Files and Settings Transfer Wizard". [Start] [All Programs] [Accessories] [System Tools] [Files and Settings Transfer Wizard]

#2. The transfer wizard has an option to copy "settings only", "Data Only", Settings and Data". Transfer only the settings and then transfer the data. It will go much smoother.

#3. Some programs are already on your new computer; however, unless the old computer was also a Dell, you will have to re-install most or all of your programs like MS Office, Printers, Scanners, Camera and Video applications, etc.

If you need more detail, please post a comment... Thanks .

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    Just Gort Oct 09, 2009

    Thanks for the feedback, Ray.

    More info, per your request:

    There is one utility that I used for copying "Programs" from one environment to another. Laplink's PCmover ($20 OfficeMAX) may work for a few of your programs, but it is not on my list of recommended utilities. Laplink is a very good, strong company.

    -Gort007.

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There are numerous ways of doing this, and the simplicity and speed of the process is dependent on the equipment/hardware available. Methods are:

  1. Transfer files in batches using a high capacity USB thumb drive (this is only good if you are transferring small amounts of data or <10GB)
  2. Use an external hard drive that you can copy all the files onto and then plug into the new computer and copy of the hard drive
  3. If a network is available then connect both PC's to it ensure that file sharing is enabled on both PC's and copy from the old to the new PC through the network
  4. Copy all the files onto DVD's and then insert then into the new PC and copy off.
I am sure there are many more options but that is what I can think of off the top of my head at the moment

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The best way to transfer from one pc to the other is with a transfer cable like the one in link below.

http://www.vpi.us/usb-link.html

Good Luck

Posted on Oct 08, 2009

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No actually. You can transfer any files you wanted it doesn't need to be on a sequential manner.

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Can simply: Burn files to cd/dvd's
Thumb Drive
transfer them over a router network.
Can also do a usb to usb data transfer if none of the above are easily accessible.

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