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  1. ottmom

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    I have a new Lenovo laptop with Windows 7. I have an old Dell Inspiron laptop with Windows XP. I realize I need to move my Firefox bookmarks and MS Office Outlook address book to the new computer.

    1. How do I do this?

    2. Are there any other files or info I should transfer?

    I'm trying to avoid losing anything if the old laptop dies (no signs, just old). I store all my program backups, pictures and documents on a portable hard drive and cds.

    3. Should I be doing more? I notice my Lenovo automatically backs up every day.

    Thanks, Karen
     
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    Office 2010 is on the computer, I just have to purchase a license, so yes, I imagine I would continue to use Outlook for my main email.

    Thank you so much for your help.

    Karen
     
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    They have changed the way they bundle there products in office now - so you may find outlook is not included in the standard office 2010 product and you need to purchase "home and business " or "professional" , which is quite expensive

    see here http://emea.microsoftstore.com/UK/en-GB/Microsoft/Office-Professional-2010-1-PC-1-user for what products are included in what versions

    you could use thunderbird instead of outlook for free
    http://www.mozilla.org/en-GB/thunderbird/

    if you install thunderbird on the OLD PC - it will see that outlook exists and then ask if you want to transfer all your contact, email information onto thunderbird
    once you have that setup on the old PC
    you can use
    http://mozbackup.jasnapaka.com/
    to backup thunderbird on the old PC
    copy that across to the new PC with thunderbird installed and restore and you will have all your old mails, contacts on the new machine in thunderbird
    i have done this quite a few times for people works really well
    OR
    you will need to use something like windows live mail on the new machine and export the contacts info from outlook on the old machine and import on the new machine - using a CSV format
     
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    what os is your old pc. windows easy transfer wizard is probably your best bet if you want to transfer your office data aswell.
     
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    The old pc is XP Home. I believe we will be purchasing the Military HUP Office Professional. Is Thunderbird easy to use? What are the differences? Thanks for your help.
     
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