Windows XP Professional provides the Files And Settings Transfer Wizard to simplify the task of moving data files and personal settings from your old computer to your new one. You do not have to configure all your personal settings on your new computer because you can move your old settings—including display settings, Microsoft Internet Explorer and Microsoft Outlook Express options, dial-up connections, and your folder and taskbar options—to your new computer. The wizard also helps you move specific files and folders to your new computer as well.
The best way to connect your old computer to your new computer is to use a network connection, but you can also use a direct cable connection. To directly connect your computers using a cable, you must have the following items:
■ An available COM port (serial port) on both computers
■ A null modem cable long enough to connect the two computers
Tip Null modem cables are sometimes called serial file transfer cables. The null modem cable must be serial. You cannot use parallel cables for file transfers using the Direct cable option. Most older computers have 25-pin serial ports, and most newer ones have 9-pin serial ports. Before you purchase your cable, check what type of serial ports are on your computers.
After you have connected your computers, you are ready to run the Files And Settings Transfer Wizard. To open the Files And Settings Transfer Wizard, do the following:
1. Click Start, point to All Programs, point to Accessories, and point to System Tools.
2. Click Files And Settings Transfer Wizard. Windows XP Professional starts the Files And Settings Transfer Wizard.
3. In the Welcome To The Files And Settings Transfer Wizard page, click Next. The Files And Settings Transfer Wizard displays the What Computer Is This page, which has the following two options:
❑ New Computer. Select this option if you want to transfer your files and settings to this computer.
❑ Old Computer. Select this option if you want to transfer the files and settings on this computer to your new computer.
Note The old computer can be running Windows 95 or later.
4. Select the Old Computer option and click Next. If you have Service Pack 2 installed, a Windows Security Alert dialog box appears. Click Unblock.
The Files And Settings Transfer Wizard displays the Select The Transfer Method page, which has the following four options:
❑ Direct Cable. A cable that connects your computer’s serial ports.
❑ Home Or Small Office Network. Both computers must be connected to a network.
❑ Floppy Drive Or Other Removable Media. Both computers must have the same type of drive.
❑ Other. You can save files and settings to any disk drive or folder on your computer or on the network.
Note If you are saving the files and settings to your computer, you can click Browse to locate or create a new folder to hold the files and settings.
5. Select the appropriate option and click Next. Depending on your choice, you might be asked to configure your connection. Configure the connection, and then click Next.
The Files And Settings Transfer Wizard displays the What Do You Want To Transfer page, which has the following three options:
❑ Settings Only. The following settings are transferred:
Accessibility, Command Prompt Settings, Display Properties, Internet Explorer Settings, Microsoft Messenger, Microsoft NetMeeting, Mouse And Keyboard, MSN Explorer, Network Printer And Drives, Outlook Express, Regional Settings, Sounds And Multimedia, Taskbar Options, Windows Media Player, and Windows Movie Maker.
❑ Files Only. The following folders are transferred:
Desktop, Fonts, My Documents, My Pictures, Shared Desktop, and Shared Documents. The following files types are transferred: *.asf (Windows Media Audio/Video file), *.asx (Windows Media Audio/Video shortcut), *.AU (AU format sound), *.avi (video clip), *.cov (fax cover page file), *.cpe (fax cover page file), *.doc (WordPad document), *.dvr-ms (Microsoft Recorded TV Show), *.eml (Internet e-mail message), *.m3u (M3U file), *.mid (MIDI sequence), *.midi (MIDI sequence), *.mp2 (Movie File MPEG), *.mp3 (MP3 Format Sound), *.mpa (Movie File MPEG), *.mpeg and *.mpg (Movie File MPEG), *.MSWMM (Windows Movie Maker Project), *.nws (Internet News Message), *.ppi (Microsoft Passport configuration), *.rft (Rich Text Format), *.snd (AU Sound Format), *.wav (Wave Sound), *.wm (Windows Media Audio/Video file), *.wma (Windows Media Audio file), *.wpl (Windows Media Playlist), *.wri (Write document).
❑ Both Files And Settings.
Tip You can select the Let Me Select A Custom List Of Files And Settings When I Click Next
check box if you do not want all the default folders, file types, and settings to be transferred.
6. Select the appropriate option and click Next.
Unless you select the Let Me Select A Custom List Of Files And Settings When I Click Next check box, the Files And Settings Transfer Wizard displays the Collection In Progress page. The Files And Settings Transfer Wizard displays the Completing The Collection Phase page.
Important This page indicates any files and settings that the wizard could not collect. You must manually transfer these files and settings or they will not be transferred to your new computer.
7. Click Finish to complete the wizard on your old computer.
8. Move to your new computer and run the Files And Settings Transfer Wizard on it to complete the transfer of files and settings