Learn Windows XP Professional in 15 Minutes a Week: Using the Files and Settings Transfer Wizard

By ServerWatch Staff (Send Email)
Posted Jun 10, 2002


by Jason Zandri
www.2000trainers.com

Jason Zandri's latest article in the Learning Windows XP Professional in 15 Minutes a Week series takes a step-by-step look at using the Files and Settings Transfer Wizard.

Welcome to this week's installment of Learn Windows XP Professional in 15 minutes a week, the seventh in this series. This article will cover using the Files and Settings Transfer Wizard.



Using the Files and Settings Transfer Wizard

The Windows XP Professional Files and Settings Transfer Wizard can be used to simplify the task of moving data files and personal settings from your old computer to your new one.

By utilizing this helpful tool properly, you won't have to reconfigure all of your personal settings on your new system because you will be able to move your old settings, such as display, Outlook Express, dial-up connections, Internet Explorer, as well as your folder and taskbar options to your new system. You can also use the Wizard to move specific files and / or specific folders to your new system as well. This can include the My Documents, My Pictures, and Favorites folders.

You should connect your new system and your old system together in some way in order to perform the transfer with the least amount of difficulty.

You can use a null modem cable if you have one that is long enough to connect the two systems. If you choose this route, you will need an available serial port on both systems as well.

The preferred option would be to have NICs installed in both systems and have them connected via a crossover cable or through a hub.

After the physical connection between the two systems is established and working properly, you can run the Wizard.

To open the Files and Settings Transfer Wizard you can click Start, select All Programs, select Accessories, select System Tools, and then click Files and Settings Transfer Wizard.

Alternatively, you can simply type migwiz.exe from the Run line of the start menu.

[NOTES FROM THE FIELD] - What your Start Menu options look like all depend on how you have the menu set. If you are using the Classic Start Menu, you would not find the All Programs selection. Your options would be to click Start, select Programs, select Accessories, select System Tools, and then click Files and Settings Transfer Wizard. Not a whole lot different, but perhaps just enough to confuse you.

The Windows XP Professional exam rarely tests you on Classic anything. You need to know how to get from Windows XP Professional settings to Classic and back, but in 90% of the cases you're going to find instructions laid out in the Windows XP Professional vein. I will do my best to point out alternatives in the [NOTES FROM THE FIELD] section as I have done here.

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