Windows Easy Transfer: QUESTION ANSWERED, THANKS

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Found 20th Feb 2009
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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does WET move programs aswell?

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DarkFissure;4434310

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).

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Nobody have any experience with this then?

would just leave it tbh, could transfer loads of rubbish you dont need. :thumbsup:

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esq3585;4437817

would just leave it tbh, could transfer loads of rubbish you dont need. … would just leave it tbh, could transfer loads of rubbish you dont need. :thumbsup:



like what? :?

I wouldn't bother, it will transfer all the rubbish that has built up in your system over time.

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the dandy p;4438035

I wouldn't bother, it will transfer all the rubbish that has built up in … I wouldn't bother, it will transfer all the rubbish that has built up in your system over time.



Liddle ol' me;4437909

like what? :?

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!

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dregan;4438090

Use something like Acronis Trueimage or Clonezilla: it'll replicate your … 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)

Liddle ol' me;4438113

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

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).

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.

Original Poster

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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