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Choose Transfer Method

The next window asks you how you want to move the data.

Using an Easy Transfer Cable is the easiest way to move your files and settings to your Windows Vista computer. They are available from various manufacturers and can be found in computer stores or online (the price was about $30 at the time Vista was released). Each cable comes with a CD of transfer software to install on the old computer. The drawback is that you might use the cable only once.

Portable storage devices like these are a good way to go if the old and new PCs are in different rooms or buildings. If you have a lot of files, you might need a lot of CDs to move them all. In this case, DVDs would be better because they hold 6 to 12 times more data than CDs.

A USB flash drive is a handy and inexpensive way to move as much as a gigabyte (10 to 20 DVDs’ worth) of data between computers.

A network is the most complicated method if you don’t already have one set up between the computers.

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