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Discussion in 'Networking' started by JoeBrant, Feb 9, 2019.

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  1. JoeBrant

    JoeBrant Thread Starter

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    Hopefully I can explain this properly, I have a very old large desktop computer that I currently have my modem, router, printer etc. hooked up to. I want to replace it with a laptop as I am down sizing.
    The laptop and the desktop both have windows 7
    Can this be done simply or is it an elaborate process?
    I have been told that I will need to copy the desktop hard drive to the laptop hard drive
    To retain the settings but that seems extreme as I just want to replace a computer.
     
  2. lochlomonder

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    No, this would be incorrect, since the drivers for the desktop will be different than the laptop, and you may also run into OS licensing issues.

    What do you need from the old desktop to be installed on the laptop as far as applications are concerned? Do you have backups of your personal data?
     
  3. JoeBrant

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    No back up necessary, everything I need is backed up to externals. I just want to swap out computers and have my internet/wifi works as it does now.
     
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    What problem(s) are you running into?
     
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    I don't see the issue here, to be honest. If it's merely a case of setting up the laptop for Internet access, you should be able to add it via wi-fi access on your router. Do you have a secured SSID, using a password to handle joining your network, Joe?
     
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    While you make still be able to get Windows 7 OS, the support for it has been or will very soon be discontinued (no security updates, etc.) New laptops will come with Windows 10.
     
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