A new tutorial titled Using Windows Easy Transfer to transfer your data to a new computer
was added by Bleeping Computer
. Please use this topic to discuss any aspect of this tutorial.
A brief excerpt of the tutorial can be found here:
When purchasing a new computer one of the most frustrating experiences is moving
existing data to the new computer from the older one. In the past when you wanted
to transfer data you had to copy the data via a network, store it onto a DVD/CD/Floppy
and then copy it back onto the new PC, or physically take the hard drive out of
the old machine and install it into the new machine. The main problem using these
methods was that you could only move files such as documents, pictures, movies,
saved games, etc. E-mail could be moved but was a difficult a process. Moving
settings and program configurations, on the other hand, was not possible, except
for the experts, and you had to reconfigure each of the applications on the new
computer. Windows Vista changes all this with a new bundled application called
Windows Easy Transfer that can easily migrate data from Windows XP SP2, Windows
2004 SP4, and Windows Vista operating systems.
Windows Easy Transfer is a program that comes bundled with Windows Vista, and
when run, scans our computer for data and settings that
you can transfer to your new computer. This migration can be done via a myriad
of methods including USB flash drives, DVDs, a network, or by using a new product
called a Vista
Easy Transfer Cable.
What makes this program so powerful and easy to use is that it is wizard driven
so you just answer questions, make sure all of your data was properly selected,
and then press a button to start the transfer. For this tutorial, we will focus
primarily on migrating our data using the Vista
Easy Transfer Cable or via a network. We chose these two methods as they
are the easiest and quickest methods to transfer your data.
We hope you find this tutorial helpful.
The Bleeping Computer Staff