Windows XP file transfer ??

Nvidia / Awrdacpi
December 9, 2009 at 05:23:21
Specs: Microsoft Windows XP Professional, 2.21 GHz / 3071 MB
Good Morning,

A friend of mine just got a new HP machine running Win 7. She wants to use the file transfer function of 7 to transfer her info from the old XP machine to the new one running Win 7. I suspect that, in the case of many older machines, that she has some viruses and spyware. She has a lot of problems with the old machine, so she bought a new one. I suspect the old one has a HDD failure starting or maybe a weak PSU. She's not able to use it very much at all. She asked me, and this is my question to you, if she transfers her pics / vids / programs to the new machine, will she also transfer the viruses etc. Anybody ever deal with this? TIA

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December 9, 2009 at 07:06:33
Depends on the Virus. Some virus are able to infect executable pictures such as GIFs. If you copy the infected picture you will copy the virus.

Most anti-virus scans will find these viruses and let you know which files are infected. So install an Anti-Virus on your new computer before transferring any files from your old computer.

As for how to transfer your files. You can either network the computers using Windows Work Groups or burn the files to a DVD or a Bookshelf Drive. I prefer Bookshelf drives because they are huge like 1 TB or more. This gives you the ability to backup every thing on your computer with out having to mess with multiple disks.

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December 9, 2009 at 07:25:02
Hi Ace Omega,

Thanx for the reply. She bought a USB transfer cable to do the move. I was doing some reading on this and found out, as I suspected, you can't transfer programs anyhow because of registry issues. I think she's more concerned about email settings and copying pictures and videos etc.

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December 9, 2009 at 07:45:44
Most of this stuff is stored under

"c:\Documents and Setting\*her name here*\my documents\my pictures"

< This is assuming you are using Outlook > her email is stored under...

"c:\Documents and Setting\*her name here*\local settings\application data\microsoft\outlook\outlook.pst"

This is a system folder so you will have to go into your Folder Options and make them visible.

Control Panel -> Folder Options -> View Tab ->
Select "Show hidden files and folders"
Uncheck the "Hide protected operating system files."

This will make the Local Setting folder visible so you can get at your email settings which are stored in the PST file.

I have never tried to transfer files through a USB cable before. You can transfer them through a network. Do you have High Speed internet and if so do you have a router that connects your computers to the internet?

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December 9, 2009 at 08:10:08
She uses OE instead of Outlook. I know Win 7 doesn't have OE. The transfer using the USB cable sounds easy enough. She has hundreds of cat pictures and god knows what else on that machine. She switched to FIOS, so I don't know if she has a router anymore. They did have a wireless router/modem with comcast. The articles I read say it's easier with the usb cable than a network transfer.

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December 9, 2009 at 08:13:26
They actually do have OE its just been renamed to Windows Mail. Windows Mail is still OE so you can import your mail in.

Check this out...

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December 9, 2009 at 08:49:58
Looks like a good article. I'll give it a read later. I know I'm gonna get sucked into setting up the new machine. I'm just preparing for any surprises :))) Thanx again.

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December 9, 2009 at 15:00:44
Microsoft has a new security tool. I think it is called security essentials. Put that on first thing.

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Les Paul (1915-2009)

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December 9, 2009 at 15:02:43
OK Jefro, thanx.

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