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File and Settings Transfer: XP to XP

By webgal318
Aug 21, 2007
  1. Hello everyone,

    I am transferring files and settings from an old PC to a new PC
    Old OS: XP -->new OS: XP Professional.

    I would like to do it with a cable.

    Do you think my Belkin Vista transfer cable would work? There is a male USB at both ends.

    If not, then my next option will have to be a nine pin serial cable. . . right?

    Thanks in advance for your input.

    Sylvia
     
  2. AlbertLionheart

    AlbertLionheart TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,026

    You can but plug it in and see! Not all PCs seem to have 9 pin serial ports nowadays - but you could always use a x-over patch cable instead as it would probably run quicker.
    Are you planning to use the windows settings transfer wizard?
     
  3. webgal318

    webgal318 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Transferring Files: PC to PC

    Hi Lionheart,

    Yes, I am using the Windows file and transfer wizard.
    I just checked the specs of the new pc and it does have a serial port.
    Would the cross over patch cable work with the wizard?
    I haven't used either cable but it sounds like the cross over would be better. I remember my professor mentioning that in class. Do you have a link with more info?
    Finally, I wonder if Radio Shack would have a cross over patch cable.

    Thanks very much!!

    Sylvia
     
  4. AlbertLionheart

    AlbertLionheart TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,026

    Hi Sylvia
    The wizard will work once you have connected the two machines and networked them. You need to set each network card with a fixed IP address in the same range - or if you have a router connect them both through that.
    Share a folder in the target drive and map to it. The set the wizard to transfer the files and settings to the mapped drive letter.
    There is an easier way - take the drive out of the new machine and connect it as a slave to the old machine. Use the wizard to transfer to the new drive.
    Refit the drive into the new machine and then run the wizard on the new machine, pointing it at the file you created in the transfer. Job done.
     
  5. webgal318

    webgal318 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Crossover Cable for File Transfer

    Hi Lionhearted,

    This is going to be a hands on learning experience for me.

    The old PC is currently on my router.

    I am going to get a crossover cable.

    I definitely want to to this file transfer the "easy" way (using cabling) since I know I will have to do it again for someone else.

    I will keep you posted.

    Sylvia
     
  6. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 9,310   +617

    If one is on the router, then just get a STANDARD ethernet cable and connect
    the second PC to the router too.

    Setup File sharing and away you go :)
     
  7. AlbertLionheart

    AlbertLionheart TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,026

    Thanks Jobeard - still, if Sylvia gets a x-over it will still be useful.
     
  8. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 9,310   +617

    Personally, I hate'm: They get confused with regular cables and then cause
    problems.
    The PC-PC is the sole application for them and in the presence of a hub or
    router, I would just go with standard cables :)
     
  9. AlbertLionheart

    AlbertLionheart TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,026

    In truth any half decent router will deal with x-over cables automatically, but I know what you mean. We will see what happens next as Sylvia may already have gone to Radio Shack.......
     
  10. webgal318

    webgal318 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    File and Settings Transfer Complete

    Hi jobeard and lion,
    I transferred the Files and Settings by networking the two PCs through my router thus saving me a trip to the store and an extra cable.

    The transfer through the wizard stated that it was complete.

    Question:
    Why did the User Accounts not transfer over?
    I restarted the PC and the only account is Administrator.
    How can I insure that all files have been moved over?

    Thanks for all your help. :)
     
  11. AlbertLionheart

    AlbertLionheart TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,026

    I am pretty positive that you have to run the transfer wizard from within each account you want to transfer.
     
  12. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 9,310   +617

    Transfer Wizard is a two step process: one on the source system and the second
    on the target system -- see MS Article here

    If you followed that sequence using only the Admin login, then it would appear
    that AlbertLionheart is on the right track. If you did not rerun the Wizard on
    the target system, then give that a try.
     
  13. webgal318

    webgal318 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    File and Transfers Wizard

    Hi Lion and Jobeard,

    Thanks to the both of you for the input! I appreciate it.

    I did the transfer on both computers but only within one account. Luckily it was the account where the most files and settings needed to be moved. I will surely remember that next time.

    Once again, thanks.

    Sylvia
     
  14. AlbertLionheart

    AlbertLionheart TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,026

    Glad to be of help!
     
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