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The hardest thing about moving to a new computer is getting all your settings (your bookmarks, passwords, etc.) and files onto your new computer. Windows Vista takes the work out of this with software called Easy Transfer. This utility runs on both your new Windows Vista computer and your old Windows PC. It finds your files and settings, including Internet configurations, Windows system preferences, and application settings. Easy Transfer moves these files from your old Windows XP or Windows 2000 computer to your new computer using one of the following methods:

  • The Easy Transfer Cable, a special USB cable that comes with software that you install on your old computer; this is the easiest option
  • A network, such as an Ethernet or a wireless network
  • DVDs or CDs
  • An external hard drive
  • A USB flash drive

In this chapter we will use a USB flash drive as an example, but we will also point out how to use other options.

Start Easy Transfer

If your old PC is running Windows XP or Vista, you can transfer both files and settings to your new computer. If your old computer is running Windows 2000, Easy Transfer will move only files.

You begin the transfer by starting the Easy Transfer software on the new computer.

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