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 Post subject: Moving into a new laptop
 Post Posted: Sat Oct 27, 2007 4:03 pm 
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What do you recommend for transferring files and programs to a new laptop? The "File and Transfer Wizard" doesn't do programs, and I'm pretty sure with lots of programs that stores setting per user, the user profile folder (Documents and Settings\%username%," right?) has plenty of special and specific-folder paths. Basically, I want all my programs and user files, desktops, etc. plopped onto the new system.

Edit: Maybe MIGR-67274, ThinkVantage System Migration Assistant v5.1, will work. Or the
ThinkVantage System Migration Assistant 5.2 pre-release. That one supports Vista. Although only 5.1 supports the T42. 5.2 is T43 and up.


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 Post Posted: Sun Oct 28, 2007 6:47 am 
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Honestly I've never trusted (and therefore never used) any software like that. When moving into a new system, I use that as a chance to reinstall the software I need from scratch, which itself often has benefits similar to a fresh Windows load. Most of the "mover" applications I've seen don't get everything, and I generally wouldn't want everything moved carte blanche anyway.

On my own systems, to facilitate software reloads I save the original
installation files or install disc images on my network server. If the
software came on disc, then I save the disc as an ISO image file, along with
any necessary product keys in a matching text file. I do this the first time
I install any program. After that, I can install or reinstall the software on
any system on my network directly from the image, without ever needing the
physical discs: viewtopic.php?t=196

I also do this with any drivers and/or significant updates or service packs
as well.

If you do use something like the Migration Assistant (or any other similar program), I'd be interested in your impressions of how well it worked. Thanks, Scott.


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