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Windows 7: what is an efficient (and free) way to transfer files to new computer?

21 May 2011   #1
win7user2010

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what is an efficient (and free) way to transfer files to new computer?

Hi,
I am waiting for my new laptop to come in the mail. My current laptop is running Windows 7 32-bit. The new one runs Windows 7 64-bit.

I understand I will have to reinstall programs, but what is an efficient (and free) way to transfer files (and settings?) over the new system? In addition to files, I would like my browser bookmarks, pinned folders, email messages (thunderbird), and the like transferred.

My current hard-drive is using about 100 GB of space.

If it helps, I also have a 500 GB external hard-drive available for use. I don't have any special high-speed connection/file transfer wires. I may have some old ethernet wires laying around somewhere.


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21 May 2011   #2
theog

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21 May 2011   #3
TheReaper

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Hello there.
Just copy/back up the important files you want to keep to the external hard drive and then replace them on your new laptop windows installation. Seeing you don't have many files to transfer, it seems to be the easiest solution.
Or as theog said: windows easy transfer: transfer between computers
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21 May 2011   #4
win7user2010

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thank you for the replies,
with using Windows Easy Transfer, is there any issue of transferring from 32bit to 64bit?
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21 May 2011   #5
TheReaper

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Going from 32 to 64 bit using WET may not be the best idea, if it would work at all(not sure about that). I personally wouldn't do it, considering the potential for problems.
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21 May 2011   #6
theog

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WET has no issue with x86 or x64 or a mix.
Is your old rig CLEAN?
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21 May 2011   #7
win7user2010

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i'm not sure what is meant by clean, but it has no viruses and I try to keep files organized.

Occasionally I may dust the old rig too (haha).
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21 May 2011   #8
gregrocker

 

I would just drag my active User folders to external to copy into the new install, as importing settings is a corruption path.

Best to go completely clean: Clean up factory bloatware

Google how to transfer Thunderbird mail and account settings.

Your browser Favorites can be exported from the Bookmarks/Favorites tab. If you use IE your Favorites User file will also populate browser Favorites.
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26 May 2011   #9
win7user2010

windows 7
 
 

Hi,
I got my new notebook and I used the Windows Easy Transfer with external hard drive along with reinstalling my programs. The process was smoother than expected. Thank you all for your help in resolving this issue.
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27 May 2011   #10
theog

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You are welcome.
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