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Migrating programs/files to Win8

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#1 angerli


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Posted 22 March 2013 - 12:49 PM

Hello, Friends! I'm getting a new laptop soon with Win8/64 preloaded and likely Office 10 too. Now, I've got this old desktop I built in 2005. Currently using it, runs fine. BUT, I'll need to migrate my MS Outlook files, Word docs and Firefox favorites to the new laptop. The LAST thing I want to have to do is manually reconfigure all these things.


Could someone give me an idea how I go about this?


Thanks very much,


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Posted 22 March 2013 - 06:29 PM

To migrate your outlook file

  • Go into the file menu and Select import (note in newer versions of outlook import is found under the "open" heading)
  • Select Export to File. In the next menu select outlook Data file (.pst), Next move the highlight bar to your email address (usually at the top) and select include all sub folders. By default the Backup.pst file is stored in your C:\Users\%Username%\Documents\Outlook Files\backup.pst.

For Firefox


  1. Open your bookmarks and select Show all bookmarks
  2. Select Import and Backup
  3. Choose back up
  4. Save the Backup file in your Documents folder C:\Users\%Username%\Documents\

For your Documents and all of the back up files


  1. Open Windows File explorer
  2. Browse to C:\Users\%UserName%\
  3. Right click and copy the Documents Folder

Copy the folder to a USB drive

Note if your using Windows XP the "Documents folder" Will be under C:\Documents and settings\%username%


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