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Chapter 27. Smooth System Sailing: Wield... > Using the Files and Settings Transfe... - Pg. 322

Smooth System Sailing: Wielding the System Tools 322 Using the Files and Settings Transfer Wizard NEW!Getting a spiffy new computer should be a time for rejoicing, particularly if the new machine is faster and more powerful than your old clunker. But rejoicing is usually the farthest thing from the mind of most new computer owners. Why? Because it's an annoying pain-in-the-you-know-what to get the computer configured with the same settings as the old machine. Whether it's your e-mail accounts and messages, your Internet Explorer favorites, or your Windows customizations, it's a long and tiresome process to transfer or recreate these things on the new box. If you've gone through this before, or have been putting off doing it with your current machine, you'll be pleased as punch to know that Windows XP offers a painless way to get your files and settings from your old computer to your new one. It's called, straightforwardly, the Files and Settings Transfer Wizard, and it can grab your things from any computer that's running Windows 95, 98, Me, NT 4, 2000, or XP. It can transfer some or all of the following: Settings for programs such as Microsoft Office Internet Explorer options and favorites Outlook Express options, accounts, folders, and messages Windows Messenger options Display settings Mouse and keyboard settings Accessibility settings Mapped network drives and printers International settings Taskbar options Folder options Windows Media Player options The following folders: My Documents, My Pictures, Desktop, Fonts, Shared Desktop, and Shared Documents · All the document file types set up on the old system You have to run the wizard on both your new computer and on your old computer. Here's how it works on the new computer: 1. 2. 3. 4. Establish either a cable or network connection between the two computers. Select Start, All Programs, Accessories, System Tools, Files and Settings Transfer Wizard. The wizard wanders onto the desktop. Click Next to get past the traditionally useless initial dialog box. The wizard wonders which computer it's dealing with. Activate New computer and click Next. Now the wizard mumbles something about a Wizard Disk. This is a disk that enables you to run the Files and Settings Transfer Wizard on your old computer. If you have a Windows XP CD, activate the I will use the wizard from the Windows XP CD option. Otherwise, activate I want to create a Wizard Disk in the following drive and then use the list to choose the drive you want to use. (Make sure you have the same type of drive on the old computer.) Click Next. If you chose to create a Wizard Disk, put a blank, formatted disk in the drive and click OK after the wizard prompts you to insert the disk. · · · · · · · · · · · · · 5. 6. The wizard now instructs you to go to your old computer. That sounds fine to me, so let's switch to the other machine and resume from there. Here are the steps to follow on the old computer: