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AFRICABIZ VOL 1 - ISSUE : 25
MAY 15 - JUNE 14, 2001
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MIGRATION TO A NEW COMPUTER

When you get a new desktop computer or a portable your desire is to have most if not all of your previous operating system' settings to be similar on the new one. You certainly also want to have all your essential files, folders and bookmarks transferred from the old computer to the new one.

Migrating settings and folders from one computer to another was a nigphpare; performed only by seasoned techies let's say two to three years ago. Nowadays performing such transfer is easier than ever; and you have many alternatives to choose from.

Let's begin with the simple files / folders' transfer

I have here introduced to you a very useful utility called WINDOWS COMMANDER and refer to it several times (23) in "Control Your Desktop" successive deliveries. WINDOWS COMMANDER from ghisler.com features in a single small package (more or less 1 MB): a- a more user friendly replacement to Windows Explore b- a FTP (File Transfer Protocol) device matching the most sophisticated ones like WS-FTP from ipswtch.com; capable of performing server to server files transfer c- A packing / unpacking performer similar to WINZIP from winzip.com; d- Files splitting and recombination device d- Port connection device to link one computer to another one.

The last above named device: "Port connection device to link one computer to another" is the one which helps transferring files and folders between two computers as follows:

  • With a diskette Copy / Install WINDOWS COMMANDER'S folder to the second computer - your License included. (If necessary upgrade to the latest version before - Click here for more)

  • Power off both computers and connect them through the Printer Parallel Port (most of the time LPT1) - with a NULL MODEM connecting cable (25 pins' male connecting-heads)

  • Power on both computers and fire up WINDOWS COMMANDER on both.

  • On the old computer's WINDOWS COMMANDER choose a-"Commands" b- "Port connection to other PC" and c- "Server".

  • On new computer's WINDOWS COMMANDER repeat a - b- and c -"Client".

  • You will see a panel appearing on new computer's WINDOWS COMMANDER representing partitions of old computer's WINDOWS COMMANDER.

  • You just need to drag and drop selected files from above mentioned old computer's panel to the new destination / partition on new computer's WINDOWS COMMANDER.


  • The same files / folder transfer procedure is possible through USB port.

    The technology is provided by NET-LinQ of Parallel Technologies Inc. Click here for their website. Net-LinQ has an advantage vis-à-vis WINDOWS COMMANDER; namely the possibility to network the new and old computers to share Printer, Modem and other hardware; crisscross transfer files / folders, and synchronize folder's content.

    Let's consider now the more sophisticated migration of operating system and applications configurations / settings

    I have identified two software which perform complete migration of your old settings and configurations to the new computer.

    One is called DesktopDNA from Miramar.com and the other one Personality TranXport from Tranxition.com

    Both will cost you something in the range of 40-49 bucks for a single user.

    Personally I avoided buying a new hardware / software by sticking to my WINDOWS COMMANDER since I have taken the precaution to keep all shareware / applications / initial and updated released in a folder of D:\ or E:\ partitions as here exposed. I then transferred all these applications / files to the new computer as above explained with WINDOWS COMMANDER and subsequently made clean install. That way I avoided transferring Windows Registry blotted with left over files from deleted applications. My Mail System (Microsoft Outlook) settings and Inbox additional folders are easily duplicated with visto agent from visto.com

    WINDOWS XP / WHISTLER IS COMING

    To address the migration's problems Microsoft has included a new utility in the soon to be released Windows XP (A merger of Window 2000 and Windows ME). The utility is named "Files and Settings Transfer Wizard". It is capable of smoothly moving most commonly used settings, such as bookmarks, Word documents, wallpaper, and more from your old computer to your new one.

    On the new machine, you run the wizard and select the transferring mode for the files. The wizard can act automatically and requires only that you do not operate another application on both computers till the transfer is terminated.

    Windows XP is right now available for download at a bargain price as Beta 2 release at the following link www.microsoft.com/ products/ download/.

    If you have currently anything less than RAM 128 MB; CPU 400 MHz and 4 MB free hard disk space, do not try to run WINDOWS XP on it, unless you want to meet trouble half way.

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