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Windows 7: New Laptop Questions.


03 Nov 2010   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 
New Laptop Questions.

HP Pavillion dv7, 17.3" monitor,2 separate 320 HD's 6GB ram

Here's a snip shot of my hardrives.
New Laptop Questions.-capture-drives.png

Several questions:
1. Is it smart to make separate Recovery Discs than the one in "E" Drive and if so
should I make them after installing new software and how often for safe keeping?

2. What's the easiest way to transfer files from Desktop to Laptop? I know there
is a USB cable you can use but I also have an External "Mybook" HD and or thumb drives that can be used. Just trying to keep it simple!

3. Have many bookmarks I would like to transfer but not sure I will use same browser.

4. Any other tips on setting up new laptop are appreciated. Was bloated with HP
stuff that I don't have a clue as to what is useful and what is garbage.
Thanks for your assistance.




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03 Nov 2010   #2

Win7 x64 Ultimate SP1
 
 

Do you have a router or swicth? If so set up a workgroup and transfer files thru it. I would avoid useing 'Homegroup'.

Ken
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03 Nov 2010   #3

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, clean install, upgrade disc
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by The Howling Wolves View Post
HP Pavillion dv7, 17.3" monitor,2 separate 320 HD's 6GB ram

Here's a snip shot of my hardrives.
Attachment 110657

Several questions:
1. Is it smart to make separate Recovery Discs than the one in "E" Drive and if so
should I make them after installing new software and how often for safe keeping?

2. What's the easiest way to transfer files from Desktop to Laptop? I know there
is a USB cable you can use but I also have an External "Mybook" HD and or thumb drives that can be used. Just trying to keep it simple!

3. Have many bookmarks I would like to transfer but not sure I will use same browser.

4. Any other tips on setting up new laptop are appreciated. Was bloated with HP
stuff that I don't have a clue as to what is useful and what is garbage.
Thanks for your assistance.
Make a new recovery DVD soon after installation. No need to wait for the install of software. It will return you to factory specs.
I would just save to a thumb drive if large enough. If you need more space an external hard drive is the way to go. They are very undependable, though. Bad average lifespan.
You can export favorites to a thumb drive. You should be able to import to a different brower. If not able there is not much that you could have done beforehand.
Most of that bloatware is garbage. Do not remove it as it may void your warranty. Please I hope others dont come and say that is not true. I have had posts with that problem
Hope this helps buddy.
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03 Nov 2010   #4

Win 8 Release candidate 8400
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by The Howling Wolves View Post
HP Pavillion dv7, 17.3" monitor,2 separate 320 HD's 6GB ram

Here's a snip shot of my hardrives.
Attachment 110657

Several questions:
1. Is it smart to make separate Recovery Discs than the one in "E" Drive and if so
should I make them after installing new software and how often for safe keeping?

2. What's the easiest way to transfer files from Desktop to Laptop? I know there
is a USB cable you can use but I also have an External "Mybook" HD and or thumb drives that can be used. Just trying to keep it simple!

3. Have many bookmarks I would like to transfer but not sure I will use same browser.

4. Any other tips on setting up new laptop are appreciated. Was bloated with HP
stuff that I don't have a clue as to what is useful and what is garbage.
Thanks for your assistance.

Greets

1-recovery discs simply restore the OS to its factory settings. Making recovery dics of the other partitions wont do a thing. I suspect you should do backups of all the partitions (and I recommend Acronis for it)

2-Transferring files is as easy or as hard as you want to make it. You can simply plug the drive in and drag and drop them. A faster method is to use a file transfer app from a third party. You could also simply share the files if both computers are to be used.

3-That depends on which source browser and which destination. Usually you can use export in the source and import in the destination browser.

4-HP is NOTORIOUS for bloat. If you know what you are doing (and I think you do) I always recommend wiping the HD and re-installing a clean OS. That requires a win 7 dvd which you probably did not get from HP but is your right to get from them.


Ken
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03 Nov 2010   #5

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7600
 
 

There's a ton of info HERE dennis.
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03 Nov 2010   #6

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ken9122 View Post
Do you have a router or swicth? If so set up a workgroup and transfer files thru it. I would avoid useing 'Homegroup'.

Ken

Ken,
No router or switch.

Not real sure I want to network them yet!
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03 Nov 2010   #7

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by boohbah View Post
There's a ton of info HERE dennis.
Boo,
You are right about a ton of GREAT info in that link.

Thanks everyone for chiming in and help.
Got enough info here to keep me busy for awhile.
Surprises are on the way....
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03 Nov 2010   #8

Win7 x64 Ultimate SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by The Howling Wolves View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ken9122 View Post
Do you have a router or swicth? If so set up a workgroup and transfer files thru it. I would avoid useing 'Homegroup'.

Ken

Ken,
No router or switch.

Not real sure I want to network them yet!
How do you connect to the internet ? A simle router a great firewall.
A good project for the future.

Ken
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03 Nov 2010   #9

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Ultimate 64
 
 

I like the usb hard drive for transferring data. But this is a widget you should seriously consider a smaller version has saved my laptop numerous dings and scratches and they can handle all the accessories !
Case Logic 17 Laptop Sleeve > Laptop Sleeves > Case Logic
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03 Nov 2010   #10

Windows7 Pro 64bit SP-1; Windows XP Pro 32bit
 
 

Quote:
1. Is it smart to make separate Recovery Discs than the one in "E" Drive and if so
should I make them after installing new software and how often for safe keeping?

Make these on 2-3 DVD's. It is a last case nothing else works scenario. At least you can get the Windows 7 installed even though you lose everything else.

Use the HP Make Recovery Disk software. Then you can delete the HP stuff you want if any or all.

Mike
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