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Windows 7: How can I move my current files to a new laptop?

06 Jun 2015   #11
Alpha Hedge

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

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ignatzatsonic View Post
You should plan on re-installing all programs.

It's up to you to be able to find your personal data as we have no idea of your personal sense of organization. You may have 22 folders under C:\users or 22,000.

I wouldn't attempt to "copy over my entire user folder". You can certainly copy the entire folder to an external and then copy the personal data portions back to the new laptop from the external.
I don't know if this would help, but here's a screenshot of my admin folder:


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06 Jun 2015   #12
Alejandro85

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Boozad View Post
Copying Progam Files folders over won't work, the programs won't run. You'll need to reinstall the programs on th new laptop.
The vast majority of times they DO work, in fact.
Installers mostly restrict to copy files over, the same you can do yourself (that's what the so-called "portables" do). Only when it requires ActiveX registration, some kernel driver or a shell extension, for example, it may require a proper installation procedure.
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06 Jun 2015   #13
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

Whenever we/I do a migration we backup the Users folder then re add it to the new system.

Copy your entire user folder, it will have your favorites from IE, your downloads, your data, everything.

You can do whatever you want, but you don`t copy over system files, there`s no reason to. And the new system will be a mess.

That`s not how you do it.

If you buy a new PC, all you do is install the programs you want, and add some pictures for wallpaper, you should not be storing any data on C (your OS partition)
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06 Jun 2015   #14
Alpha Hedge

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

What is a ActiveX registration? (sorry if I'm asking alot of questions, I'm kind of new here)
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06 Jun 2015   #15
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Alpha Hedge View Post
I don't know if this would help, but here's a screenshot of my admin folder:
Doesn't help much.

We still have no idea where you would store a spaghetti sauce recipe or a picture of your cat or an mp3 of your favorite song.
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06 Jun 2015   #16
Alpha Hedge

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

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by AddRAM View Post
Whenever we/I do a migration we backup the Users folder then re add it to the new system.

Copy your entire user folder, it will have your favorites from IE, your downloads, your data, everything.
Thank goodness
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06 Jun 2015   #17
Alpha Hedge

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

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ignatzatsonic View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Alpha Hedge View Post
I don't know if this would help, but here's a screenshot of my admin folder:
Doesn't help much.

We still have no idea where you would store a spaghetti sauce recipe or a picture of your cat or an mp3 of your favorite song.
What would help, then? I keep Music in the My Music folder, and recipes and documents in the My Documents folder, pictures in the Pictures folder, etc. I keep some stuff in my dropbox sometimes though.
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06 Jun 2015   #18
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

Copy the entire user folder to the external.

Buy the new laptop with the new Windows license.

Get it up and running to the point that you are satisfied that it's sound and not broken.

Then worry about finding your personal stuff and copying it back from the external.

You are the world's foremost authority on where that stuff is.
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06 Jun 2015   #19
Boozad

W7 Pro x64 SP1 | W10 Pro IP x64 | W8.1 Pro x64 VM | Linux Mint VM
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Alejandro85 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Boozad View Post
Copying Progam Files folders over won't work, the programs won't run. You'll need to reinstall the programs on th new laptop.
The vast majority of times they DO work, in fact.
Installers mostly restrict to copy files over, the same you can do yourself (that's what the so-called "portables" do). Only when it requires ActiveX registration, some kernel driver or a shell extension, for example, it may require a proper installation procedure.
The one and only time I tried it it didn't work. Granted it was on XP but it's not something I'd have any confidence in doing again.
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06 Jun 2015   #20
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 

Everything that needs to be remembered and the best way to back up is here in Clean Reinstall Windows 7.

You can also look over the steps to reinstall the factory install that came loaded on the PC, which is an inferior install due to all the bloatware and duplicate utilities. The tutorial will show you how to achieve the best possible install, including the tools and methods which work best for Win7.
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