Transfer of old computer contents to new

Bob_BNovember 11, 2012

I'm going to retire my old fifty pound pc and buy a lap top. Pc is loaded with Windows XP. I assume the new computer will come loaded with Vista, which I have heard bad things about. Should I have Best Buy transfer the contents of my old computer including XP to the new, or get the new fully loaded with whatever comes with it?

Also, any suggestions on a very simple but good laptop. All I do is check email and visit a few favorite news and other web sites.


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If you are really going to buy a NEW computer, it won't have will have Win 8. I wouldn't let BB touch any computer of mine...but that's just me. Do what works for you.

    Bookmark   November 11, 2012 at 3:18PM
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ravencajun Zone 8b TX

Oh yeah vista is almost as outdated as xp. You can still find a lot of new ones with windows 7 but the newest will have windows 8 on them.
As to transfer of files I too would not let BB touch my computers.
It is not difficult to transfer files, pictures, etc. You can plug in a thumb flash drive into the old pc select the files or folders you want to copy to the new one then drag to the flash drive icon or right click on the selected files and select the flash drive to copy to.
Windows 7 has a built in feature for doing this easily, you will need to install it to the xp machine but it is pretty easy. The link below will have instructions

Here is a link that might be useful: Easy transfer

    Bookmark   November 11, 2012 at 3:34PM
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I wouldn't let BB touch a computer of mine either. After what they did to my friend at our local one I don't think highly of their geek squad and would far better using the local guy that has been in business 20yrs around here and that's what I do.

I heard windows 8 is way different than 7 and geared towards touch screen computers or some such, is that true? I have a fairly basic toshiba laptop that is 2yrs old and not one bit of trouble with it. Never had to use their tech support so can't say how it is but this brand works for me. Mary

    Bookmark   November 11, 2012 at 4:01PM
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I wouldn't let BB touch mine either, but I do buy from them because I have no choice in this city. They tried to sell me one that had been opened, they installed their protection software on it and set it up for me. I insisted they get me one in a sealed box. They acted like I was nuts. LOL

    Bookmark   November 11, 2012 at 4:07PM
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I buy from them also. That's all we have here since circuit city went belly up. Well office max does have some computers I think and maybe sears and radio shack? Well maybe we have small locally owned places that sell computers that I don't know about. I miss Comp USA, used to get a lot of stuff from them and had a computer fixed by them once and they were great. Mary

    Bookmark   November 11, 2012 at 4:16PM
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Certainly hope you can find a nice laptop with Windows 7, because if you have been using XP all this while, Windows 8 will be more of a change than you'll easily adjust to.

Raven's suggestion for transferring your files should make the change fairly easy. Another way to accomplish the task would be to use USB flash drives and copy any documents, pictures, etc. that you want to keep to the drive. Then plug the drive into the new computer and copy from the drive to the computer's hard drive. That's what I did.

    Bookmark   November 11, 2012 at 8:53PM
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If you install drop box on your old computer now.., it will back up the folders you tell it to.

Then when you get your new computer, just install dropbox and all those files will appear like magic on the new computer.

Here is a link that might be useful: DropBox referral = 2.5gb

    Bookmark   November 12, 2012 at 12:47AM
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