Windows XP: Working with the Files and Settings Transfer Wizard - Part 2
Dave Cook shows you how to transfer your personal settings and files from one PC to a new one running Windows XP
In part one of this feature we discussed the benefits of using the new Files and Settings Transfer Wizard to migrate personal settings and files from one computer to another. This data includes documents typically stored in the My Documents folder, as well as user-specific settings, Internet and email settings, and application Registry settings.
The wizard is flexible, but it isn't totally infallible. For example, the chances of a successful transfer are improved if both computers are configured in a fairly standardised fashion. It also helps if the two computers are connected over a local network. While this method of transfer is not essential, it is inevitably the quickest.
Here's how it's done.
- From the new Windows XP computer, click Start and select All Programs, Accessories, System Tools, Files And Settings Transfer Wizard. Click Next to continue.
- Ensure the New Computer option is selected, and click Next.
- On the next page, select I Will Use The Wizard From The Windows XP CD. Click Next.
- Move to your old Windows computer and insert the Windows XP CD into the CD-ROM drive. From the Welcome menu, select Perform Additional Tasks, Transfer Files And Settings, and then click Next.
- If the old computer is also running Windows XP, select the Old Computer option and click Next. Note, though, that if the old computer is running a version of Windows other than XP, this option is selected automatically and you're taken to the next page instead.
- Select your transfer method, which for network transfers should the Home or Small Office Network option, and click Next.
- At the next page, select Both Files And Settings. You'll see a list of items to be transferred. If you're happy with this list, click Next. Note that if you would like to change this list, place a checkmark in the Let Me Select A Custom List option and follow the screen prompts.
- Watch out for any warnings that might appear advising you to install certain programs (such as Winzip) on your new computer before completing the transfer. Click Next when you're ready to continue.
- Return to your new computer, click Next and follow the onscreen prompts to complete the transfer.
During the transfer process a random password will be created. This is for security reasons. Enter that password on the new computer to complete the transfer. It's as simple as that!