Hello. I have a new laptop that should arrive in the next few days. What is the easiest way to transfer documents, photos, songs, files, software, etc. from the current laptop to the new one?
My current computer is an HP running Vista. All of my documents are stored in my Documents folder and Outlook PST files are kept in the Documents folder, too. I back it up to an external hard drive and I back up to the same external drive photos and My Music.
The new laptop is also an HP but it will have Windows 7. I think all I need do is replace the Documents, Music, Pictures folders in the new computer with the relevant folders from the external drive. Is this correct?
I'm running some outdated software - notably Office and Quickbooks. I'll have to buy those replacements, but I can save some money by not buying the most current editions but buying older versions that run on Windows 7 as used software. (I think that's what I did when I upgraded to my current computer years ago.)
After I'm sure everything is on the new laptop what should I do with the current laptop? Should I keep it just in case I need it or should I junk it (after erasing the harddrive)?