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transfering backed up files between computers


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#1 1SG.Bill

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Posted 22 March 2010 - 12:21 PM

I have an old e-machine with XP and I have a passport external drive that I backed up the entire computer on.
I just got a new Asus computer with windows 7 (64).
Can I just hook up the passport external drive and transfer a bunch of files onto the new computer?
Or is the information only available to a machine with XP os?

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Posted 22 March 2010 - 12:52 PM

It depends on what you define as "a bunch of files". If you are referring to documents, music, photos, etc...yes, you can copy them to any computer you wish and open/modify/etc them.

What you cannot do is copy programs from one computer to another. I've seen people try to just copy their Program Files from their old computer to a new computer, and then they wonder why they don't work. There is more to your programs than just those program files you see (lots of registry stuff, too).

So if all you want to do is copy your data (documents, music, etc.), then, yes, you can do that. But if you want your programs on the new machine, you will have to install them like normal. And if your old XP programs are fussy when installing, try Compatibility Mode.

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Posted 22 March 2010 - 12:59 PM

Yes this answers my question, thank you.
All I want is data. Pictures, documents etc. I don't want to copy or move the programs.

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Posted 22 March 2010 - 01:10 PM

All righty, then!

If you have any more questions/problems with Windows 7, feel free to create another topic describing your situation.

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