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arrowwes

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I have just bought a used computer with windows xp.
I have been using one with windows 95 and now want to transfer all files and data to the xp computer. How do I go about doing this.???
 
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well, you could get a flash drive and put files on it. and then pop it in the new computer and copy them to it. if you dont have that many files, around a 4gig should be good. it might cost around 19$, but its yours forever :) and flash drives are pretty handy.

another way to do it would be to get a CROSSOVER cable and connect it from one PC's Ethernet card to the other computers ethernet card. this way, they would be on a 'network' with eath other.

also, if you have a router, you could just hook them up at the same time to the router to get the same effect as the second solution i mentioned.


And also, Welcome to TSG! (y)
 

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Thank you for the quick reply and welcome.Another quick question for you:
 

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Can I use the cable that my cable comp. provided for my internet connection as the transfer cable???
 
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if the cable says CAT 5e then its not a crossover cable and can't be used for directly connecting two pc's together. see what it says on the cable you have.
 
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If its a crossover cable it will either say so in the text printed along the cable or have some other identifier, like i have some cables that came with a small piece of white tape wrapped around it with the words "CROSS" on it. :rolleyes:
 

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Trying to transfer the data using any type of networking is likely going to be time-consuming to setup and very frustrating. It's not as simple as plugging a cable in and copying files.

The easiest and fastest way to do this is to take the hard drive out of the Windows 95 computer and connect it to the Windows XP computer either internally or using a USB hard drive enclosure.

You will not be able to transfer all files. You can only transfer data. Programs have to be reinstalled using the original disks or installation executables.
 
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A lot of crossover cables have boots colored differently than the cable itself.

Anyway, the flash drive (I call it a USB key) is probably the easiest and most user-friendly way to get it done. Good luck!
 

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The old computer here is a Windows 95 system. Support for USB flash drives is going to be limited if available at all.
 

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Thanks for all the answers guys. The cable I got is not a crossover cable so I am transfering some files using my zip drive. It is a slow process but I am not in a big rush. Thanks again.
 
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