Which files does the "Files And Settings Transfer Wizard" transfer ?

By jigneshdesai05 ·
In Windows XP , when you run the "File & Settings Transfer Wizard " , (i) Are only all folders under "Documents And Settings" transferred , (ii) is it only all the "My Documents" Folders (meaning for all the users) which is transferred or (iii) are all files present in the p.c. (all files in all drives) transferred ?

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This depends on what you chose to do

by OH Smeg Moderator In reply to Which files does the "Fil ...

But Assuming a Full File & Setting Transfer is done it should transfer all the My Documents, the Contents of whatever E Mail Clients you have installed and the settings for the E Mail.

What it will not do is transfer and data not stored in the My Documents File so things like Accounting Data stored in that Accounting Program doesn't get transfered and things like that.

It's a start but by no means the definitive File Transfer Solution because way too many people think that they know better and Store their Important Data in a location other than the default.


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Note on Windows 7 Upgrades

by TheChas In reply to Which files does the "Fil ...

While you use the File and Settings Transfer Wizard when moving from one computer to another with Windows XP, you want to download and use Windows Easy Transfer when upgrading or moving from Windows XP to Windows 7.


From the Easy Transfer FAQ:


You can transfer most files and program settings. Specifically:

Files and folders. Everything within the Documents, Music, Pictures, and Shared Documents folders. Using advanced options, you can select additional files and folders to transfer from other locations.

E???mail settings, contacts, and messages.

Program settings. Settings that keep your programs configured as you had them on your old computer. Windows Easy Transfer doesn't transfer the programs themselves. Some programs might not work in this version of Windows, including security programs, antivirus programs, firewall programs (your new computer should already have a firewall running to help ensure safety during the transfer), and programs with software drivers.

User accounts and settings. Desktop backgrounds, network connections, screen savers, Start menu options, taskbar options, folders, specific files, network printers and drives, and accessibility options.

Internet settings and favorites. Internet connection settings, favorites, and cookies.

Pictures and video. Pictures???which includes any visual format (for example, .jpg, .bmp, and .gif files)???and personal videos.

Music. Electronic music files, playlists, and album art.

Windows Easy Transfer moves your music and video files, including files protected by digital rights management (DRM), but it doesn't move the licenses for these types of files. To re-obtain rights to the files, you'll need to contact the provider of the files. Some online stores offer this and might refer to it in different ways, such as computer activation, computer authorization, library restoration, or license synchronization. The procedure for restoring your digital rights varies from store to store. A store might limit the number of times that you can restore your rights, or it might limit the number of computers on which you can use the songs or videos that you've obtained from them. Some stores don't permit you to restore rights to protected files at all. For details about store policies, refer to your store's customer support or Help information. If your music or video was obtained from a store that's no longer in business, you won't be able to restore your rights to that content.

I noticed that when I used Easy Transfer to upgrade my system from XP to 7, that files stored on my Desktop did not transfer. (at least they did not show up on the desktop). Also, a lot of programs that supposedly transferred will not run until reinstalled.


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