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How to get information from an old XP computer to a new Windows 7 computer


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If the XP computer has service pack 3 and will boot then you can use Microsoft Easy Transfer. You will need to download the XP version of the software, http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=160881 (either directly to the old computer with it on your network or copy it to a flash drive or CD).

Once you install the software, you have several options for transfering the files. You can save them to an external hard drive, burn to a CD/DVD, attach both computers to the network or create a direct network with a crossover network cable. If you want to use an Easy Transfer cable, check the specs carefully for compatibility with Windows 7 and XP. (The Vista Easy Transfer cables may not be Win7 compatabile.)

If you do not have the service packs installed, you can try to bring your system up to date. Alternatively, you can transfer the data files between the two computers across a network, burn to CD/DVD. or write them to an external disc. In this case you won't get the easy transfer of your profile.

If the XP computer will not boot up, you have other options. You can pull the hard drive and either make it a slave drive in your new computer (put it in the case) or turn it into an external drive (USB enclosure of the correct interface or a SATA/IDE/USB bare drive connector). You could boot the old computer with a LiveCD with UNIX with it on your network. You will have to be careful. Then transfer the files across the network. If you have an external DVD-RW or CD-RW, you can burn the desired files to an optical disc. I don't know about an external hard drive in this case; you'd have to be careful - not all UNIX versions read and write to NTFS nicely. The same caveats apply as to the ease of restoring your settings.

I hope this helps.

Cindy Wells
Copy the files you want from the old PC to some kind of removable media, i.e. CD, flash drive, etc. and copy them to the new one from the media you have chosen.
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