Transfer Files To New Computer
Posted 27 August 2009 - 01:22 PM
Posted 27 August 2009 - 03:03 PM
Generally speaking, it is a waste of time to try to transfer programs. You are likely just better off digging out your installation disks (assuming you still have them/know where they are) and just installing the programs on your new computer.
As to the files, there are multiple ways to "skin that cat", so to speak (hope you do not like cats ).
The easiest way would be to use either a USB flash drive or a USB hard drive to copy the files to the drive and then from the drive to the new computer. Even though this involves two steps, it is generally the easiest to handle and can actually still be the fastest many times. For this method, you can just use typical Windows copy/move files stuff (either the click & drag or copy/paste). A variation on this would be to burn the files to optical disk and then use the disk on the new computer. This will be slower than using an external drive, but does not mean buying an external drive if you do not have one.
You could also network the two computers together, share the drive/folder, and then copy the files from one computer to the other. Once you get it setup, it is rather easy...but getting it setup could be a pain. It should be straight forward and easy to setup, but sometimes Windows can get a bit "ornery" about setting up a network and sharing files (and printers). This seems to especially be true between an XP and Vista computer sometimes. I can be one of the faster methods...or one of the slower methods depending on what type of network you use and how "fast" it is. If you have a router that you use as part of your Internet connection, then you should have everything you need except for maybe another ethernet cable or two. Like for the external drive, you can use typical copy/move stuff to do this way.
Last you can try using a USB transfer cable. To do that, you will need some sort of program. Microsoft does offer Windows Easy Transfer that should work. It should be noted that Windows Easy Transfer should also work with a network connection, external hard drive, or CD/DVD.
As you where the TurboTax and Quicken files, they should either be in your My Documents folder or maybe in the programs' main folder (I am betting on My Documents).
Posted 31 August 2009 - 05:06 PM
The main Folder location for Quicken is in Program Files.
This post has been edited by Car54: 31 August 2009 - 05:15 PM
Posted 31 August 2009 - 06:03 PM
Get your old computer's hard drive and connect it to ur new one (as a secondary one) then just drag all the folders u wanna transfer.