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Windows Easy Transfer: QUESTION ANSWERED, THANKS

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New laptop arriving and thinking of using Windows Easy Transfer to move all files and settings from the old to the new. Haven't bothered with WET before - just used an external HDD. But this time… Read More
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8y, 3m agoPosted 8 years, 3 months ago
New laptop arriving and thinking of using Windows Easy Transfer to move all files and settings from the old to the new.

Haven't bothered with WET before - just used an external HDD. But this time, I have so many tweaks to my Vista and other program settings that I'm thinking it will ultimately be a time and bother saving method.

Thoughts and experiences? Advans and disadvans? Better to use a transfer cable or just connect both PCs to the network via LAN cables and do it that way? Or not worth using at all iyo?
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8y, 3m agoPosted 8 years, 3 months ago
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banned#1
does WET move programs aswell?
#2
DarkFissure
does WET move programs aswell?


No, but if you install the programs in the new computer first, it will transfer the settings for those programs apparently, with a few exceptions (e.g. antivirus programs).
#3
Nobody have any experience with this then?
#4
would just leave it tbh, could transfer loads of rubbish you dont need. :thumbsup:
#5
esq3585
would just leave it tbh, could transfer loads of rubbish you dont need. :thumbsup:


like what? :?
#6
I wouldn't bother, it will transfer all the rubbish that has built up in your system over time.
#7
the dandy p
I wouldn't bother, it will transfer all the rubbish that has built up in your system over time.


Liddle ol' me
like what? :?
1 Like #8
Use something like Acronis Trueimage or Clonezilla: it'll replicate your hard drive across to the new one, if you want that. Files, settings, programs, OS, everything!
#9
dregan
Use something like Acronis Trueimage or Clonezilla: it'll replicate your hard drive across to the new one, if you want that. Files, settings, programs, OS, everything!


Thanks, I'll look into those. :thumbsup: (rep added)
#10
Liddle ol' me
Thanks, I'll look into those. :thumbsup: (rep added)


Hey cheers. One caveat: you'll most likely need to pick up an external hard drive caddy, but that's only like £4 or something. Also Clonezilla is scary once it gets going, it's all numbers and THIS WILL PERMANENTLY BREAK EVERYTHING!!! warnings, but like a big dog it's not too bad as long as you observe the warnings :P
#11
Just read that you stated it doesn't transfer programmes...i'm not really sure what you want from it then, I can't see it copying individual programmes settings and applying them to a new environment (even if it states it will).
#12
I'd leave it.

The things that may be transferred across that you don't need are the likes of redundant files, redundant registry keys, any bits of spyware/adware still lurking etc. etc.

A computer will slow down over time with things creeping in, uninstalls not removing everything etc.

Start from a clean base and you know exactly what you are putting on.
#13
Ok, thanks dandy and peodude - I might just leave it then. Sounds like the downside might not make up for the time-savings.

Thanks all!

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