Sep 14, 2005

How To Move To A New PC

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Today's article is about moving all your files to a new PC, Jim shares information and tips that will help you make that move from one PC to another with the least amount of hassle and of time. If you never done this transaction before Jim's article explains how...

How To Move To A New PC
- by Jim Edward's
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Nothing strikes fear into the heart of someone who uses a computer to make a full time living more than the thought of trying to move all your files to a new PC.

In fact, many people use phrases such as "my life is on that thing" to describe the amount of critical and irreplaceable data their old PC contains.

Some people even put off acquiring a new PC for years, rather than go through the pain and perceived "risk" of moving to a new PC.

However, the following information and tips should help you make a move from one PC to another with the least amount of
hassle and in the least amount of time.

First, you must understand the difference between "program" files and "data" files.

Program files are the software you install on your PC to do word processing, play games, edit pictures, etc.

Program files include software packages such as Microsoft Office, PhotoShop, and Space Invaders. Data files, on the other hand, are the files you create using those softwareprograms.

This includes files such as Word documents, digital photos, and MP3 audio.

A number of programs exist to help you move all your data and program files to your new PC by connecting a USB or "firewire" cable from the old PC to the new PC.

They promise to make it "easy" by not forcing you to reinstall everything.

My experience with these types of programs (I've tried 4 different brands) has been mediocre at best and truly disastrous on two separate occasions.

Bottom line: these types of programs not only transfer the old software, they also bring along any problems from the old PC and often corrupt the registry of the new PC.

To save a huge potential headache when moving to a new PC, the easiest thing to do is simply to move all the data files and then reinstall the software.

Burn all your data files to CD-ROM or copy them to a portable hard drive (a faster option) and simply copy them over to the new computer.

Then sit down with your favorite beverage (careful to keep liquid away from the PC) and your stack of program installation CD's and start installing your software on thenew PC.

It might take a little longer, but you'll prevent plenty of problems doing it this way.

More tips for moving to a new PC:

- If you use a portable hard drive to move files between computers, burn the data to CD when you finish and put the CD into a safe deposit box for emergency restoration.

- Keep all your data files in the "My Documents" folder to make future moves easier (just copy the "My Documents" folder and you're done).

- Keep all downloadable software you buy online in a folder called "Installation Files" so you can just copy that to the new PC and install all your software.

- Keep all passwords and software keys in one folder in your email program so you can easily unlock any software you install on the new PC.

- To move messages, folders, and preferences in Outlook Express from one computer to another, I found "Outlook Express Backup Genie" from anexcellent solution.

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