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File and Settings Transfer Wizard vs. Easy Transfer

Discussion in 'Windows Vista' started by gela.ann, Jun 25, 2008.

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  1. gela.ann

    gela.ann Thread Starter

    Jun 25, 2008
    Sorry if this is in the wrong section.. I didn't really know what to put it under..

    I was upgrading my system, from XP to Vista. I tried the 'keep all my current files and settings' option for the upload, but it wouldn't let me use it.
    So, I used the file and settings transfer wizard to transfer all my files to my external hard drive. Then I deleated my files on my computer - no point in having two copies. (I now know how stupid this idea was).
    When I had successfuly uploaded Widows vista onto my computer, I found that it didn't actualy have the files and settings transfer wizard - it had something called 'Easy Transfer' instead. Easy tranfer is incompatible with the File and settings transfer wizard.

    So, now all my files are sitting on my Hard drive in .dat files, and I don't know how to get them back.

    Help me please.
  2. kimmer13


    Nov 28, 2001
  3. Elvandil


    Aug 1, 2003
    The only way to get them back is to install XP on the machine and import them, or use another XP machine. Then use Vista's transfer to move them from the XP installation to Vista.

    One possibility would be to install XP into a virtual machine, like VirtualBox, and then import the settings from the hard drive. You could then export them to a shared folder and thus to Vista.
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