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Transferring from XP to 7


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#1 HisNibs

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Posted 12 April 2012 - 10:15 PM

Greetings all!

I'm a small one-person business owner (http://www.hisnibs.com) and I'm currently operating everything from a 32-bit XP machine. I'm embarrassed to say that I purchased a 64-bit Windows 7 Ultimate machine almost a year ago, and it's still sitting there awaiting my 'move' to it! :lmao:

The primary reason for this is that as one-person business, I do everything and time is the commodity I have the least of. I've been through operating system and machine upgrades before, over the past 15 years of business, but I remember well some of the unexpected headaches -- and more importantly, downtime -- that these changes engendered. I just don't find the time to do all of the research to find the easiest -- and best -- way to transfer everything from my XP machine to the Windows 7.

I guess I'm really asking for some guidance as to how to get started. For instance, is the Windows 'Easy Transfer' sufficient, or should I look at 3rd-party software that's dedicated to copying everything -- and what are the issues going from 32 to 64 bits?

Can anyone direct me to the definitive guide for this 'move', if there is one (I'd think that 7 has been out long enough that some 'best practices' must have been established by this time)?

Thanks very much in advance!

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Posted 12 April 2012 - 10:36 PM

I just connect them by Work Group name can copy and paste your files over the network. The names of the work groups has to be the same

Computer XP
Work group is WORK
Computer Windows 7
Work Group is WORK
http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows7/help/sharing-files-and-printers-with-different-versions-of-windows -tutorial on how do this on multiple versions

Windows easy Transfer install it on the XP machine:
http://www.microsoft.com/download/en/details.aspx?id=7349
Windows 7 pre-install this software

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Posted 12 April 2012 - 11:44 PM

Windows Easy Transfer - Windows 7 features - Microsoft Windows the easy way, but it is from M/$oft -

Edited by noknojon, 12 April 2012 - 11:44 PM.


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Posted 17 April 2012 - 04:10 AM

Thanks for your suggestions.

I just connect them by Work Group name can copy and paste your files over the network. The names of the work groups has to be the same

Computer XP
Work group is WORK
Computer Windows 7
Work Group is WORK
http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows7/help/sharing-files-and-printers-with-different-versions-of-windows -tutorial on how do this on multiple versions

Windows easy Transfer install it on the XP machine:
http://www.microsoft.com/download/en/details.aspx?id=7349
Windows 7 pre-install this software



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Posted 18 April 2012 - 11:52 AM

If you are referring to transferring installed programs...from one system to another...I don't believe it's as simple as portrayed.

Either of the previous suggestions will work for transferring data files...but programs will have to be installed anew on the new O/S.

Per Wiki: "The program does not support transferring entire applications themselves and system files such as fonts and drivers.[2] For transferring certain supported applications, Microsoft had planned to release Windows Easy Transfer Companion but never released the final version.[4] Also, for power users, administrators and enterprise computers, a command-line User State Migration Tool (USMT) is available.[5]"

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Posted 18 April 2012 - 01:34 PM

I've used PCMover a few times to transfer complete systems, however I will say the technology is spotty at best.

I would suggest installing everything manually. Might take a little longer, but you'll be happier in the end. Good luck!
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