How to transfer programs and files of old computer to new computer?

Discussion in 'Computer Support' started by alan, Oct 12, 2008.

  1. alan

    alan Guest

    I'll be getting a hand-me-down computer which is a bit more powerful than
    the one I'm currently using (they're both Compaqs, but the hand-me-down has
    Pentium rather than Celeron).
    My current system is XPProSP3 and I understand that the hand-me-down will be
    a bare-bones XPPro, which I'll have to update to SP3.

    The question: what's the best way to transfer both files AND programs from
    the old to the new? I've been advised that I'll probably need to use
    special software for this task, but I'm not convinced of that.

    Help and advice will be greatly appreciated.

    Thank you.
    alan, Oct 12, 2008
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  2. You will have to install your programs on the new computer, as
    installations place all the necessary settings in the Windows Registry.
    (See your other thread.) You can't just copy programs and applications.

    Your files and data can be transferred via several means, of which the
    easiest and least complicated would be to burn to CD and copy from that
    CD to like places on the new box.

    Other ways might be to get a portable hard drive; use online spaces to
    copy to and from; or even (if small) email the files to yourself.
    Beauregard T. Shagnasty, Oct 12, 2008
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  3. alan

    mail Guest

    1)Connect both PCs to the network and enable File Sharing through the

    2) Get a cross link RJ 45 cable and connect it to both computers through
    their NIC

    3)Take out the HDD from one of the computer and put it into the other
    computer (either as primary slave or secondary master).

    4) use windows Direct Cable Connection

    mail, Oct 12, 2008
  4. alan

    Alfred Guest

    according to MS transfer of programs is not possible
    Alfred, Oct 12, 2008
  5. alan

    richard Guest

    If both machines have an ethernet jack, then the easiest way is to run
    a patch cord. You'll need a crossover type. I did that on my two
    machines and worked out quite well.

    Outside of the process of burning to cd's, you could also use SD cards
    and a USB card reader.

    Perhaps the even more simpler way would be to acquire an external usb
    hard drive. Copy the files to it. Then you have those files available
    to both machines any time you need it.
    richard, Oct 12, 2008
  6. alan

    rjdriver Guest

    As long as you are staying with XP, replace hard disk in new computer with
    the one in your current computer. No need to copy anything. Take extra hard
    drive, hook it up as a slave in your new computer, format to erase all data
    and use for extra space. You may need to reauthorize XP.

    rjdriver, Oct 13, 2008
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