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Transferring files from old laptop to new laptop

by GrandmaNet / January 22, 2011 7:13 AM PST

I just bought a Gateway laptop with Windows 7 Home Premium operating system. My old laptop is a Gateway with Vista Home Premium operating system. Both have DVD/CD burners. I want to find the easiest way to transfer my data and files from the old Vista OS to the new Windows 7. Can anyone help, please?

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Simple network
by Willy / January 22, 2011 8:46 AM PST

Look into a gateway bridge cable setup. This should be a USB type cable. These aren't that expensive and do exactly what you need, via PC-to-PC once setup. You can also try the usual network arrangements like using Ethernet from/to hub/router or direct cross-over cable. If your laptops are wireless, use an ad hoc wi-fi setup acknowledging a simple network. While I suggest these it all depends on your setup for any network. But, usually having win7 makes it easier, just create a new network. You can google details, but one of the above will work.

tada -----Willy Happy

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transfer of files from old laptop to new laptop
by GrandmaNet / January 22, 2011 9:42 AM PST
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Will the transfer include applications I have downloaded from CNET, registered and purchased applications? Is there a way of legally copying those application so I don't have to pay for them again?

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A few simple applications ...
by Edward ODaniel / January 23, 2011 5:19 AM PST

can be copied to the new computer but MOST will require installation on the new computer. Hopefully you were wise enough to SAVE the installation files you downloaded as well as any registration information they require such as serial numbers. This will allow an easy installation of the applications. For those you purchased that had installation media such as a CD or DV, you simply make use of the installation media again.

If both laptops have a Wireless capability you can easily set up an Ad Hoc network. This link shows how to do it.

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by Willy / January 23, 2011 6:42 AM PST

While you can swap over some pgms. it has always been the policy since the release of XP OS, to install whatever pgm. then "swap data" over. That has to be done that way since the registry needs to acknowledge all this. As for any rights, that's another issue. But, if you plan to keep them only on 1 PC or as per EULA rules as they apply, those should allowable provided you have the install pgm. feature to do so. You may need to contact the vendor/author in order to proceed if this is a 1 PC setup. In other words, you can't swap to multiple systems with only 1 license for use. If only 1 PV usage, then you need to de-install on the old PC or not use that pgm. ever again. Happy

tada -----Willy Happy

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