Vista has now taken a strong hold on the PC market. I for one really do like Vista and in my professional opinion it is a better operating system over XP.While many people down Vista it is a better operating system over XP and after a few short weeks of using it you are sure to embrace the changes.
Now that you bought your new slick looking Vista system you are all ready to go. Except for the part of all your files being stuck on your old XP system. The purpose of this guide is to talk about different methods of moving your old data from XP over to Vista. While this sounds like a daunting task many of these tasks are not all that hard. If you are NOT computer literate then you may want to consider purchasing some data transfer software to help out in this process. Check out this XP to Vista file transfer page. You should also consider purchasing a data transfer cable as well. This just makes the whole job even easier. We posted a 10 dollar off coupon we got from contacting Laplink as well so you should consider applying the savings to cover the cost of the data transfer cable.
As always there are free ways of doing a data transfer.The built in data transfer wizard is another option on the table. This is a good way to transfer over all the user settings and your personal files. This method does not transfer over software programs and the only program out there that does this is the one mentioned in our link above. However if you want to see how the built in Windows tool works we suggest visiting this XP to Vista file transfer site. It’s easy to navigate and they walk you through the whole process. In our experience this free transfer program is not bad but it’s does come with it’s own set of headaches.
Something to consider is just starting over with a fresh user account and just manually coping over the data needed. Normally is what I do is network both systems together or just hookup a USB hard driver and manually copy over the My Documents folder and favorites. To find were your documents are stored hit the Windows Start button and browse to My Computer > C: > Documents and Settings > Your USER ACCOUNT. From there you will see the My Documents folder as well as your IE favorite’s folder and your Desktop folder. This is the main place were your data is stored and for most people the only thing they want to transfer over.All you have to do now is just copy and paste them over to your new Vista computer and you are good to go.
Only you can decide what method is best for you.Hiring out a profetional is the only other recomendation I have. This is cheaper then you may think. We like to recommend out this computer repair company. It’s an online computer repair company that can transfer your person files over to your new computer and help set you all up. All you have to do is visit the link above and start chatting with them. They have you download a quick screen sharing tool that will allow them onto your computer for that session only and they will copy your files and then you allow them access to the other system and they place the files were they need to go and you are all set. Very easy and this company is located in California but they can help you any were in the world.