What's your check list for switching to a new computer?

Can you recommend a check list I could use before switching from my old computer to my new one ?

Like all of you, I too, had to switch computer many times. I can't recall a single time where I didn't find myself, after a month or so, saying "oops I forgot to copy this from the old computer". It could be my favorites, my custom settings in Photoshop or some other thing I overlooked.

So What's your check list? 

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Hi, I have done the same as you.  Forgotten something and ended up saying oops or something worst when I found out I didn't copy an important file.  Anyhow, I will be getting a new computer too within the coming months and your question causes one to think about what one wants to carry over from the old to the new.  So, I looked online for a checklist, because one is definitely needed, and I found something that will work for me when I do purchase and perhaps it will benefit you too:

Transferring Information to a New Computer

The Microsoft® Windows® XP operating system provides a Files and Settings Transfer wizard to move data from the source computer to the new computer. You can move data such as:

  • E-mails

  • Toolbar settings

  • Window sizes

  • Internet bookmarks

You can transfer the data to the new computer over a network or serial connection, or you can store it on a removable medium, such as a writable CD or floppy disk.

To prepare the new computer for the file transfer:

  1. Click the Start button, point to All Programs? Accessories? System Tools, and then click Files and Settings Transfer Wizard.

  2. When the Files and Settings Transfer Wizard welcome screen appears, click Next.

  3. On the Which computer is this? screen, click New Computer and click Next.

  4. On the Do you have a Windows XP CD? screen, click I will use the wizard from the Windows XP CD and click Next.

  5. When the Now go to your old computer screen appears, go to your old or source computer. Do not click Next at this time.

To copy data from the old computer:

  1. On the old computer, insert the Windows XP Operating System CD.

  2. On the Welcome to Microsoft Windows XP screen, click Perform additional tasks.

  3. Under What do you want to do?, click Transfer files and settings.

  4. On the Files and Settings Transfer Wizard welcome screen, click Next.

  5. On the Which computer is this? screen, click Old Computer and click Next.

  6. On the Select a transfer method screen, click the transfer method you prefer.

  7. On the What do you want to transfer? screen, select the items you want to transfer and click Next.

After the information has been copied, the Completing the Collection Phase screen appears.

  1. Click Finish.

To transfer data to the new computer:

  1. On the Now go to your old computer screen on the new computer, click Next.

  2. On the Where are the files and settings? screen, select the method you chose for transferring your settings and files and click Next.

The wizard reads the collected files and settings and applies them to your new computer.

When all of the settings and files have been applied, the Finished screen appears.

Click Finished and restart the new computer.Trademarks that appear in this module: Microsoft®, Windows®, Dell™



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