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Chapter 1. You’ve Got Microsoft Windows ... > Moving Your Files and Settings to a ...

Moving Your Files and Settings to a New Computer

You’ve just brought home a shiny new computer, loaded with Windows XP. The trouble is, all your programs and files are on your old computer. How do you move everything to the new computer? Windows XP can help with some, but not all, of this task.

Unfortunately, there’s no easy way to move all your programs to the new computer. To get those programs working properly, you’ll need to dig up the program CDs or downloaded program files and reinstall each one on the new computer. I recommend you do that task first. After you’ve successfully set up your collection of programs, you can use a nifty utility called the Files And Settings Transfer Wizard to move your data files—including letters, pictures, e-mail messages, and e-mail address book—to the new computer. During the process, the wizard also restores custom settings for Windows, such as your desktop colors, fonts, and wallpaper, as well as those for a long list of programs, including Microsoft Office, Microsoft Works, Microsoft Outlook Express, Adobe Acrobat, and RealPlayer, among many others.


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