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Chapter 2. Installation Prep > Migrating Files and Settings with the Files and ...

Migrating Files and Settings with the Files and Settings Transfer Wizard

In the days of old, if you wanted to transfer files and settings from an existing installation of Windows, you had two choices: You could either perform an upgrade installation and take your chances with compatibility issues and other problems, or you could procure a third-party utility to perform this task for you. While both of these options are still available, there are some other options available to you as well. The Files and Settings Transfer Wizard (FSTW) and the User State Migration Tool (USMT) are two migration tools that are provided with Windows XP Professional which can be used to make your operating system migration a more enjoyable experience. In this section we will look at the Files and Settings Transfer Wizard. In the next section we will examine the User State Migration Tool.

The Files and Settings Transfer Wizard (FSTW) is a fantastic new utility that is provided on the Windows XP Professional Setup CD-ROM. This allows you to run the Files and Settings Transfer Wizard on any computer, or create a Files and Settings Transfer Wizard floppy disk if you want and use that instead. The Files and Settings Transfer Wizard can migrate a user's files and settings from any of the following operating systems to Windows XP:


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