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Upgrade to laptop

by jean_macpherson / May 25, 2008 8:23 PM PDT

Windows XP Professional version 2002 SP2 - Intel 701 MHz - 76 gb total 64 gb free. I am thinking of upgrading to a laptop and want to know if it is possible to completely copy my system, files, etc., from my current pc without having to reload anything. If it is possible, how do I go about it?

I look forward to hearing your advice.


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Re: upgrading to laptop.
by Kees Bakker / May 25, 2008 8:29 PM PDT
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There's a short, yet comprehensive, answer: No.

You buy a working laptop (most come with Vista, nowadays, but you might be able to find one with XP if you do a good search or find a local shop - the one with me still has them custom-built).
Then you reinstall all applications you want from the original setup. Some might not be Vista compatible, and you might need to download or even buy newer versions then.

Then you copy all your personal data. For this amount a USB-stick might be the easy way.


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Data transfer XP/VISTA
by Phil Crase / May 26, 2008 2:54 AM PDT
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Belkin makes a VISTA/XP transfer device, hooks up USB they run about 50 bucks but as someone else said, for basic data transfer get a USB thumb drive, very easy to use and not expensive, very functional.Good luck!

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Upgrade to laptop
by pc_tech2008 / May 26, 2008 1:51 PM PDT
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Yes and NO!!!!

1. Any personal data file you created.
(.doc , .xls etc..)

2. Any saved game score (just copy out the needed data into a usb drive and copy it back into the laptop).

3. Note: laptop hard drive usually are smaller than desktop hard drive therefore you want to be careful what you are copying over.


1. Window is very tricky unless you know know how to troubleshoot it if you screw up.

2. Recommend... for software (like office, adobe product) do a install from scratch.

3. for data files you can copy it in but beware each file or install you add in takes up drive space and if you are not careful you will get disk FULL very soon.

4. You don't want to over load our laptop internal drive. Sometimes software you use need to allocate drive space so if you fill it up too much with personal data or software what you are trying to do next will not work.

5. I think you can copy the ie favorite folder over.

6. don't forget whether you are in vista or xp the old all time favorite 'dos command' still works.

7. laptop won't have option slot for addition hardware addition like the desktop does.

8. very important....check
search under the laptop maker name
any recall for the laptop

this site is product recall. For the past year there has been lots of recall on laptop battery, hp printer cable and other items. Check there before buying.

Good Luck

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changin language of operating system
by jean_macpherson / October 18, 2008 12:57 AM PDT
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Thanks to all for their advice. One further question; if I buy my laptop in France, how do I change the operating system language from French to English? I am assuming this is possible. Thanks in advance for your help.


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There is no definitive answer. Why?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / October 18, 2008 1:01 AM PDT

Because the OEM that installed the OS could have stripped out that feature. While RETAIL WINDOWS has some capability of doing this, you can never be sure with a pre-installed OS.

Plan on having to replace the OS later if you go down that road.

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Changing language of operating system
by jean_macpherson / October 18, 2008 5:17 PM PDT

Thanks for your advice, Bob. I still live in France until December and want to upgrade to laptop before then as ROM and RW on my pc aren't working properly. If I intend upgrading anyway, there's not much point in getting them fixed. I have ordered Tornado for transferring files, etc., and still have XP disc from when I upgraded from Windows Me so, if language change is not possible, I can always instal XP over the OS. However, if language change is possible, how would I go about it?


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For example.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / October 18, 2008 11:12 PM PDT
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You can...maybe
by icepop4who / October 23, 2008 3:13 PM PDT

Yes, you can if you have Vista ultimate or XP professional. If you do, reply to me and i'll tell you more

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