You can migrate your files and settings from one computer to another using the Files and Settings Transfer Wizard in Windows XP. Did you know that you can also use the same utility to back up files? Using the Wizard, along with an external hard drive connected via a USB or Firewire connection, you can. In addition to an external hard drive, you can even back up to a network drive.
- Launch the Files And Settings Transfer Wizard, select the Old Computer option on the Which Computer Is This? screen, and click Next.
- Choose the Other option on the Select A Transfer Method screen.
- Click the Browse button, specify the backup destination—an external hard drive or a network drive—and click Next.
- On the What Do You Want To Transfer screen, select the appropriate Files And Settings option, and click Next.
- Follow the instructions in the wizard to create the compressed backup file.
To restore the files, simply run the Files And Settings Transfer Wizard as though you were transferring the files to a new computer.
For more information of the Files And Settings Transfer Wizard, see the following articles in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
- Using Files And Settings Transfer Wizard in Windows XP
- Using the Files And Settings Transfer Wizard By Using the Windows XP CD-ROM
- Using the Files And Settings Transfer Wizard with a Wizard Disk in Windows XP
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Greg Shultz is a freelance Technical Writer. Previously, he has worked as Documentation Specialist in the software industry, a Technical Support Specialist in educational industry, and a Technical Journalist in the computer publishing industry.