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John Burns

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OK - here's the scenerio: Eight-year old PC with Windows XP is going down soon, I'm afraid. So, replacement has been ordered - with Windows XP (at user's request - they did not want to deal with Vista). So, I will be assisting in getting files transferred from old pc to new pc. (Outlook Express folders, Favorites, My Documents, My Pictures, etc.

I have already backed up EVERYTHING on an external hard drive, using Acronis True Image Version 9.0, just in case the old pc "died". It hasn't died yet, so I can move items DIRECTLY from the old pc to the new pc, (Or I have them on external drive for movement to new pc). I know PROGRAMS can't be transferred, but I have a Belarc Advisor print out on the old computer, which can be used as a check list, and have many of the programs in zip files under a folder named Downloaded Programs. I thought I could use the BA list to make sure I pick up all the programs and think I can use the zip files to install on the new pc?

Could anyone give me some tips which might make this easier ? What is a good way to go about this to make sure everything is included? I am hoping to make it a smooth transfer, so any advice you might have and share will be appreciated. Thanks.
 

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I have found some info. Xp has a Files and Settings Transfer Wizard which is located at (Start>Programs>Accessories>System Tools>Files and Settings Transfer Wizard). If I use it on the old pc and send the files and settings to my external hd, then use it again and bring those items to my new pc, is there a problem using a USB Cable from the external drive to the pc's? I know when you go pc to pc, you need a special cable. If you try it with USB cable, you may blow your USB ports. I guess I just know enough to really screw it up - lol.
 
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JB:
"What is a good way to go about this to make sure everything is included?"

There are 3 elements, which I believe are key when answering your question.
1. we are dealing with computer hardware; an entity that can fail at any time for no apparent reason.
2. computer user - human - with potential to forget about data or delete data unintentionally.
3. computer consultant - human - who wants to do the right thing for her / his client.

Some programs place user data in an "application data" sub folder.

Some programs place user data in "my documents" or a sub folder thereof.

Some programs place user data in a c:\program files sub folder.

I have never tried USB to USB.
Have a fire extinguisher handy.
:)

In situations such as yours, JB, I use A TI to clone the user's data to another HDD. Then, I copy that entire "folder" to the user's new HDD, or install the HDD as a 2nd HDD. THEN, six months from now, when the user remembers that important file that was not noted, 6 months prior, the data is available; unless the user re-formatted the 2ndary HDD or the HDD failed.

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