Transferring Data from previous system to new Dell Computer

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Transferring Data from previous system to new Dell Computer

  • Just purchased a new Dell Inspiron 660s with Windows 8 and Outlook software. So far I am not the least bit happy with this technology. There is a myriad of information from my old system which is Windows XP and Hotmail and I want that information on my new computer. How do I transfer all of my favorites and all of the folders in my favorites, my contacts, email file folders which contain previous emails from many individuals that I want to have available on my new computer. I have used <ADMIN NOTE: Email id removed per privacy policy> as my email address for 18 years and every letterhead and business card has that email address on it and I want that to be my default email address, how do I set that up and then I can have all other email addresses created or I may create transferred immediately to that address.

  • Hi pmoelaw,

    To transfer your old data from Windows XP computer to latest Windows 8 computer you will have to follow the steps mentioned below..

    You will need an External hard drive, Windows Easy Transfer application click here to transfer old files to new computer.

    1. First download and install Windows Easy Transfer onto your Windows XP computer from the link below.
      Windows Easy Transfer
    2. Install Windows Easy Transfer onto your Windows XP computer.
    3. Open ‘Windows Easy Transfer’ program.
    4. Click on the Next button and you will be at a screen where you will select how you wish to transfer your data.
    5. Click on the An external hard disk or USB flash drive and you will now go to a screen where Windows will ask you if this is your new or old computer. Please click on the This is my old computer button.
    6. You will now be at a screen where Windows Easy Transfer is scanning your computer for data. When it has finished it will display a list of all users on the computer and how much data is expected to be transferred.
    7. As we are upgrading to Windows 8, which is very different, you should not transfer any Windows setting. To remove the Windows settings option, click on the Customize link under each user and under Shared Items. This will bring up a small screen.
    8. Remove the check mark next to Windows Settings. If you wish to see what folders will be copied over, you can also click on the Advanced button, which will allow you to browse through the data that will be transferred. If there is data that you do not wish to transfer, simply clear the boxes next to that data by clicking on them. If the box is white, it means that the data will not be transferred. When you are satisfied with your selections, click on the little red X button in the upper right hand corner of the above screen. Then click on the Next button.
    9. You will be brought to a screen where you will be asked for a password to use on your data file. If you wish to use a password to protect your file, enter your password and then click on the Next button.
    10. You will now be prompted for a location where you wish to save your file. You should double-click on the drive letter associated with the external drive that is plugged into your computer. Once you double-click on the drive, click on the Save button.
    11. Windows will now start saving your selected data to the external drive. This may take a while so please be patient.
    12. When the data is finished saving, Windows Easy Transfer will let you know. Now click on the Next and you will be at the final instruction screen.
    13. Click on the Next button and close the screen. Please shutdown your old computer and unplug the external drive. Please proceed with the following steps that you need to perform on your new Windows 8 computer.

    Steps to do on the new Windows 8 Computer:

    1. Start Windows Easy Transfer by typing Windows Easy Transfer at the Windows Start Screen. When it appears in the search results, click on it. Windows Easy Transfer will now open and you should click on the Next button. You will now be shown a screen where you will be asked how you wish to transfer the data.`
    2. Please click on the An external hard disk or USB flash drive option. At the next screen when it asks if this is new or old computer, please click on the This is my new PC button. Windows Easy Transfer will now show a screen asking if your data is already saved on your external drive.
    3. Make sure your external drive is plugged into the Windows 8 computer and then click on the Yes button. Windows will now open a browse screen and show you all the available drives on your computer. Double-click on the drive where you saved your old data.
    4. You should see a file called Windows Easy Transfer - Items from old computer. Left click on this file to select it and then click on the Open button. A new screen will open showing the users data that will be copied to the new Windows 8 computer.
    5. The first thing you should do on this screen is click on the Advanced Options button. This will open a screen showing you the mapping between the old users and new users.
    6. On the next screen you can specify which account on the new machine the user's data from the old machine should go. If the account names are the same, you should not have to change anything here. If you click on the Map Drive tab, you can also specify which drive on the new machine the data from the drives on the machine should go. When you are satisfied with your settings, click on the Save button.
    7. We will back to the Choose what to transfer screen. Just like we were able to customize what we were saving on the old computer, we can customize what we wish to transfer to the new computer. To do this, click on the Customize option for each and every user or Shared Items. When you are satisfied with what you are transferring click on the Transfer button.
    8. When the data has finished transferring you will be shown a new screen with two options. These options are:

    See what was transferred

    When you click on this option, Windows Easy Transfer will display a report of all the data and items that were transferred to your new Windows 8 computer.

    See a list of apps you might want to install on your new PC

    When you click on this option, Windows Easy Transfer will display a report of the applications that were installed on your old computer. You can then use this list to determine if you wish to install any of them again on your new computer.

    When you are ready you can then click on the Close button to close Windows Easy Transfer. Your data has now been successfully transferred to your new Windows 8 computer.

    Please let me know if this helps.

    Thanks and Regards,
    Ravi Chandra BC
    Dell Social Media and Community Professional
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