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  • Question

  • Hello,

    We have just purchased a new computer that will replace an old system now using One Care.  Is it possible to use the One Care backup process as an effective means to transfer our files over to the new computer?  We intend to continue using our basic programs (internet browser, office, photo, email, etc) so I want to make sure our favorites, outlook express files, etc all go over.  Will this work using One Care?

    If yes, is there a particular process we need to follow particularly with the new computer?  The old system is running Windows XP, the new computer is Vista Home Premium.  I intend to complete a full backup of the old system first.  On the new compute I intend to install Onecare and then hope to use the resture feature of backup to transfer the files.  Is there a special setup process I need to follow in the new computer to make this work? 

    Thanks for the help.  I appreciate it.

    Saturday, August 9, 2008 9:50 PM


All replies

  • This can be done using One Care backup and restore.This Microsoft Knowledge Base article explains the process in detail - http://support.microsoft.com/kb/944171/en-us

    You can also transfer your files using Vista's Easy Transfer feature - http://windowsvistablog.com/blogs/windowsvista/archive/2007/02/15/using-windows-easy-transfer.aspx


    My preferred method is to copy pictures, music, documents etc. to folders on an external drive then copy them to the new computer. For mail, export Outlook or Outlook Express files and Internet Explorer favorites to folders on the external drive then import them to the new computer.

    Saturday, August 9, 2008 11:20 PM
  • Jim,


    I don't believe that Outlook Express email is supported on any version of Vista, since it comes with 'Windows Mail' and this is actually being replaced by Windows Live Mail.


    I don't know what abilities if any there are to migrate the email data between these programs, since I've never used anything but Office Outlook or web mail myself and have always avoided Outlook Express.



    Sunday, August 10, 2008 5:52 AM
  • Both Windows Mail and Windows Live Mail have the ability to import mail, contacts and settings from Outlook Express and Outlook.


    Sunday, August 10, 2008 3:04 PM
  • Jim,

    Thank you for your answer.  I'm going to follow your approach of copying to the external drive and copy over.  Seems the most simple.


    Tuesday, August 26, 2008 1:51 AM