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