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Windows 7: A Few Questions Before I Get a New Laptop (Mostly about moving things)

30 Apr 2016   #1
Alpha Hedge

Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 
A Few Questions Before I Get a New Laptop (Mostly about moving things)

Hey guys, I'm about to purchase a new laptop, that will probably be 5x better than my current one.
I have a few questions first, though. I've decided to make this one thread instead of have it be lots of separate ones. Welp, here goes...

1. Can I move everything from this computer to the new one?
At this point, I don't care about the theme being moved, or about desktop shortcuts, or about how everything's arranged, I just want to make sure everything is over on the new one. I want to move the entire C: drive. Is that possible? How so? An external hard drive? Any info at all is appreciated.

2. Should I take any precautions before moving files?
Question is pretty self-explanatory here, anything I should do or prepare for before I move everything? (if moving everything is possible in the first place)

3. Any advice in general?
If you have any advice about new laptops in general, please let me know.

Thank you for any answers you may have.


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30 Apr 2016   #2
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

1. User files yes, system files generally not

2. Make an image of the system to an external device - just in case

3. I wonder what you expect to be 5 times better.
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30 Apr 2016   #3
ICIT2LOL

Desk1 7 Home Prem / Desk2 10 Pro / Main lap Asus ROG 10 Pro 2 laptop Toshiba 7 Pro Asus P2520 7 & 10
 
 

Hello Alpha mate
1. No you cannot transfer the old C: drive it has the OS for the old machine on it and would have a different activation code that the new drive will have and probably a different OS??

2. Just back up all your data an image is a good way of doing that . Imaging with free Macrium

3. A good tutorial on making the machine more efficient and a tad faster . Optimize Windows 7

Edit sorry read that wrong - 1. as WHS has said
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30 Apr 2016   #4
Alpha Hedge

Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ICIT2LOL View Post
Hello Alpha mate
1. No you cannot transfer the old C: drive it has the OS for the old machine on it and would have a different activation code that the new drive will have and probably a different OS??

2. Just back up all your data an image is a good way of doing that . Imaging with free Macrium

3. A good tutorial on making the machine more efficient and a tad faster . Optimize Windows 7

Edit sorry read that wrong - 1. as WHS has said
Thanks, I'll try these out
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30 Apr 2016   #5
ThrashZone

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit
 
 

Hi,
Laptops now days are mostly budget driven whether it's 5x better or worse depends on it spec's

I would suggest a i5 at the least and i7 processor quad core would be ideal with a minimum 2.50Ghz and 8gbs of ram.
Brands vary but MSI has some cool stuff

Also laptops are tough to upgrade so also get the latest graphic's now which would be NVidia 980M
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30 Apr 2016   #6
Alpha Hedge

Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ThrashZone View Post
Hi,
Laptops now days are mostly budget driven whether it's 5x better or worse depends on it spec's

I would suggest a i5 at the least and i7 processor quad core would be ideal with a minimum 2.50Ghz and 8gbs of ram.
Brands vary but MSI has some cool stuff

Also laptops are tough to upgrade so also get the latest graphic's now which would be NVidia 980M
The one I have bookmarked is an i5, 2.5 ghz, and 750GB of space. 8gb of ram, too.
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30 Apr 2016   #7
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote:

The one I have bookmarked is an i5, 2.5 ghz, and 750GB of space. 8gb of ram,
too.
That looks like a standard midrange laptop of today. You cannot go wrong with that.
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30 Apr 2016   #8
Alpha Hedge

Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
Quote:

The one I have bookmarked is an i5, 2.5 ghz, and 750GB of space. 8gb of ram,
too.
That looks like a standard midrange laptop of today. You cannot go wrong with that.
Here's the exact link if you want more info.
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30 Apr 2016   #9
ThrashZone

Win-7-Pro64bit 7-H-Prem-64bit
 
 

Hi,
Just be sure to get any extended warranty offered 2 year minimum.
When you get it be sure to monitor the temperatures
Laptops either cool properly or don't and are like little space heaters
Download Real Temp 3.70 | techPowerUp

Dell would not be in my buy list but if that's your budget it should work with the proper warranty...
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30 Apr 2016   #10
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

In the past, there were a lot of problems with this Rakuten website. I would be careful.
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