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Transfer files Whats the best way to transfer my picture files from an old PC to my new one/

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If both computers have a CD or DVD burner/drive, you can put them on CDs or DVDs. If not, and they both have USB drives, you can use a flash drive or portable USB hard drive to move the files.

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Whats the best way to transfer my infomation and programs to a newer computer


For content, if you don't want to transfer it all to a flash drive and then transfer it to the new machine, register for an account at any (or all, your choice) of the following sites:
Dropbox (2GB free)
https://drive.google.com/ (15GB free)
Welcome to OneDrive (15-23GB free)
Once the programs of your choice are downloaded and installed, use them to back up your personal files to the internet. Then, on the new computer, install the programs and allow them to sync. This will download them from the internet. Move the files out of the folders to free up space, wait for the removal to sync to the old computer, and go back to the old computer to move more in to be moved over. Repeat this as much as needed to have all of your files moved over.
For programs, transfer any installation files you still have (the program you download and then click to install) through the cloud storage programs from above that you choose, then use these .exe files to install to the new laptop. If you don't have the .exe files lying around, then you can either hunt them down individually on the new computer (in which case, make a list from your old computer) or use a service like
Ninite Install or Update Multiple Apps at Once (it's free, by the way) to mass download/install most common programs so that you don't have to go hunting for them.
For programs that were installed via disc, you're probably just going to have to install those on the new machine the old fashioned way. You cannot just copy/paste program folders (though it's tempting) because installing programs writes values to your computer's registry, which cannot be transferred and certainly don't tag along with the program files installed on the computer. These registry values are what tell the computer how to handle that installation, so while some programs MIGHT work, most will not work well or at all without.
Hope this helped!

Aug 15, 2014 | PC Desktops

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Have 2 pc's , need to tranfer old to new (files)


Only suggestion I have is back-up all important files and then reload to new computer.

Oct 28, 2012 | Dell Dimension 1100 PC Desktop

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Transfer files from one computer to another


The easiest way is to have something like an external hard drive or usb flash drive then copy the files from the old computer and then take the usb flash drive or external drive and and plug it into the new computer and copy the files to it.

You will be using the concept of copy and paste or drag and drop to get the files.

You can only copy things such as your documents, music, pictures and videos. You cannot copy programs from one computer to the other, programs have to be reinstalled so that they can update the registry and other settings in windows to work.

The majority of your documents, music, pictures and videos will be in your MY DOCUMENTS folder.

May 08, 2012 | PC Desktops

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How do I download all my stuff from my current computer to a new computer?


You can easily and safely use a USB pen drive with a large capacity to transfer all the files one by one , folder by folder with special markings to note the copy into the respective drives. You can also segregate the new drives to your need with personal files, general files and public files. Also picture and video downloads also can be listed and saved.Connect the USB to the old PC and transfer by copy or cut , then connect the usb after safe removal to the new PC and pasting to the new location.

Jan 06, 2012 | PC Desktops

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My computer will not power on, only a flashing green light on the back is on. I just bought a new computer and would like to transfer my files to my new computer. Why my old computer will not power on?...


Hi and welcome cj4man1 !
Extract the Hdd out of your old computer . Place it in a external usb box and connect the box to your new pc . You will be able to access and transfer your data .
The issue about your old computer is another matter an could have several reasons , such as power supply , damaged Hdd , defective memory , damaged motherboard ...etc ...
best regards ,
fanaudi .

Feb 20, 2011 | HP Pavilion a450n PC Desktop

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Whats the easiest way to transfer data /programs from old pc to new pc...both are HP's.. Thanks you Kevin


I would just buy a portable hard drive from Wal-mart or something. then I would transfer all files to that and call it good. Hope this helps?!



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Sep 23, 2010 | PC Desktops

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I have a new pc. so my files and pictures are all gone. I have most of the same pictures on my Myspace account but dont know how to transfer them into a stored file on my pc to send them. any ideas


You can always right click on the photos and save picture "save picture as"
If you still have the old PC you could remove the hard drive and fit it to the new PC or fit it into a caddy to connect via USB

Aug 20, 2010 | Dell Dimension 4600 PC Desktop

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Need to know the best way to transfer file from


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.

Jul 18, 2010 | Dell OptiPlex GX620 PC Desktop

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


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 .

Oct 08, 2009 | Dell Dimension 4600 PC Desktop

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Copy files from old computer and transfer to new computer


Although Vista comes with an Easy File Transfer Wizard it is not compatible with Windows 98.

You will need a CD burning program such as Nero Burning Suite or Creative CD Writer or here is a link to a FREE one.

May 08, 2008 | PC Desktops

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