January 13, 2006
Dear CNET members,
Happy Friday the 13th! While some of you may think that today is unlucky, I like to think the opposite is true. We are all very lucky in the sense that we have an enormous amount of participating community members who are willing to share their knowledge each week to make this help and how-to newsletter work. And today is your lucky day, Ben, (BTW, happy belated birthday!) because we received many submissions from our members explaining how to get your files from your old computer to your new one in no time. This week, we have two winning answers, one from Miguel K. (no stranger to this newsletter), who goes from start to finish on how to use Windows XP's "Files and settings transfer wizard." And Mark G. gives us the laundry list of many other possible ways to tackle this. But that's not all; we have many other suggestions from members. So check them all out. If you would like to add tips or advice on this week's topic, please join us in this week's discussion. Have a great weekend and thanks, everyone!
Member Question of the Week
I received a great new Windows XP machine for my birthday. I love it, but I'm having a hard time getting it all set up. How can I get all my files and software from my old machine onto the new one? I've transferred some of my smaller files via floppy disk, but I'm not sure how to get the rest transferred. I know there's no simple answer, but any tips anyone could give would be greatly appreciated.
Answer by Miguel:
Ben, Windows XP comes equipped with a utility called the
"Files and settings transfer wizard," designed to facilitate
the movement of both documents and personal settings from your
old computer to the new one. Thanks to this utility...
Miguel K. of Columbus, Ohio
Answer by Mark:
Well, Ben, there are several ways of transferring over your old files, but if you want to transfer your software, you're in for quite a challenge. Some utilities claim ...
Mark G. of Malden, Massachusetts
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Quiz: Setting up your new PC
Best regards and enjoy!
Veteran moderator Donna Buenaventura presents a quick quiz from Microsoft to see how savvy you are about going online with a new PC. Also, what are you going to do with your old computer? Pass or fail, post your results and tell us how you did and if any questions stumped you. And don't forget to take part two of the quiz as well.
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Mac nugget: Should I wait for the Intel processor in Macs?
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Hi, I'm going to buy a new DVD player/burner for my computer soon, but I don't know what kind of format to choose. There are burners for DVD-R, DVD+R, DVD-RW, DVD+RW, and even dual-layer ones, and many players that support a combination of the formats. I've also been reading some about DVD-RAM, HD-DVD and Blu-ray--just enough to confuse me more! Can you tell me what the specific difference is between these formats so that I can make the best buying decision for current and future use? Help me, please!
Andy T. of Ogden, Utah
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