In the previous installments of this article, I outlined how you can upgrade an existing computer to Windows XP. However, what happens if your upgrade includes purchasing a new computer?
Windows XP makes it very simple to move from an old computer to a new one. Many people are often reluctant to get a new computer because they do not want to lose their existing files and settings. You can use the Files and Settings Transfer Wizard included with Windows XP to move settings from one computer to another.
The Files and Settings Transfer Wizard eliminates the need for you to complete reconfigure all a user’s personalized settings on a new computer. It can be used to transfer personalized settings such as display, dial-up connection, Outlook Express, and Internet Explorer settings. It can also be used to move folders such as My Documents and files to the new computer.
The old computer and the new must be connected in some way to run the wizard. If both computers have network interface cards (NICs), connect them using a hub or cross over cable. Otherwise you can use a direct cable connection.
The first step is to save the files and settings on your existing computer using the Files and Settings Transfer wizard.
- Insert the Windows XP CD.
- Open Windows Explorer and open the Support\Tools directory on the Windows XP CD.
- Double click Fastwiz.exe. This launches the Files and Settings Transfer Wizard.
- Click Next.
- Select Old computer and click Next.
- Select the method you want to use to transfer your files and settings. Click Next.
- Select the items you want to transfer. Click Next.
- If necessary, insert the required media and click Ok.
- Click Finish.
You are now ready to transfer your selected files and settings onto the new computer.
The first step in getting your new computer ready is to choose the files and settings you want to transfer. Once you have done this you are ready to transfer them to your new computer using the steps outlined below:
- Log onto your new Windows XP computer.
- Click Start, point to All Programs, Accessories, System Tools, and select Files and Settings Transfer Wizard. Click Next.
- Select New computer. Click Next.
- Click I don’t need the Wizard Disk. I have already collected my files and settings from my old computer. Click Next.
- Select the transfer method you used to collect your files and settings. Click Next.
- Click Finish.
- Click Yes to log off the computer.
Once you log back onto the computer, your files and settings from your old computer are transferred to the new one.
The Files and Settings Transfer Wizard is suitable for small scale migrations. However, in cases where there are a large number of computers that need to be migrated, you can use a utility called the User State Migration Tool (USMT). A major different between the two utilities is that USMT is not able to copy settings directly from one computer to another. It does require an intermediary store. USMT can also automate the process of capturing user state data.