Our Goal is to make transferring files from one computer to another as simple as possible. To do this please read on. Feel free to read the bullet points until you find the best section that describes what you are trying to do.
Transferring Files From XP to Windows 7 or Windows 8
There are many ways to transfer files from your old computer onto a new computer. In most cases you will not be able to transfer over software programs unless you use a specialized program. However you will be able to fully transfer over all your personal files like documents, bookmarks, pictures, music and video.
There are a number of ways to do the transfer.
Transfer Software to New Computer
In most cases users can not manually transfer over software from their old computer over to a new computer. This is because special registry keys have been created and in most cases those can not be transferred over with out very advanced knowledge. However we do have a work around that makes life very easy for transferring software from and old computer to a new computer. See our Laplink PCmover Review Here.
Simple Transfer Methods
Copy and Paste: Perhaps the simplest way of transferring over files from one computer to another is just coping and pasting those files. You can do this with an external media drive such as an external hard drive, CD/DVD or over a network. Transferring files over a wireless network is easiest if you have both computer on the same network. You may have to play around with file permissions but this is by far the easiest way to go.
Default Folder and File Locations
Here are the top default file locations where most personal documents are stored. All of these location can be accessed through the Windows Start Button on the bottom left of the screen and then selecting Computer or My Computer
c:\Documents and Settings\Your-User-Name\My Documents\
Files on your desktop C:\Users\Your-User-Name\Desktop
Internet Explorer Favorites: C:\Users\Your-User-Name\Favorites
The above folder locations cover the main default locations that most personal files on a PC are stored. Coping over these files will most likely cover everything you need.
Profesional Transfer Software
If you are looking for a the simplest way to transfer files and programs from one computer to another regardless of Windows operating system then consider using Laplink PCmover Found Here The box version comes with a free data transfer cable and comes with PC Eraser so you can wipe clean your old hard drive before you throw it out.