I've just bought a laptop and will need to transfer files and settings from my old XP desktop to a new Windows 7 computer. Is there any specially suitable cable for this, or is any transfer cable suitable. Also, are there any possible hitches to an easy transfer. I have an external drive that I can use, or else straight from one to another. I'd appreciate advice as I'm a little daunted by the prospect and the thing hasn't even arrived yet!
The Windows Easy Transfer (WET) method or similar is what you need, but it can be unreliable & if it crashes midway through (as it happened to me), you'll need to start afresh. Not very pleasant when it has been going about its business for a few hours already!
Also, most other transfer methods are very slow, so what I usually do is connect the old drive directly to the new computer (internally), then copy & paste data from the old into the new drive. There are no other settings or anything else to bother about either. But you'll need to re-do everything else at the end of course, like reinstalling programs & their settings. This ensures you have a fresh system though. This way you can also easily & permanently wipe the old drive (if required) from within your new Windows system itself by using a free program like Eraser click here. G