Transferring information to a new computer

I am thinking about buying a new computer.  How do I go about transferring data from my old machine to the new...ie: large data files, downloaded programs, etc.
weazerAsked:
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CrazyOneCommented:
Burn them to a CD or network the two computers and just transfer them over the network connection to your new machine.

If this new machine has XP and you neword the two together then you can use this

HOW TO: Use Files and Settings Transfer Wizard in Windows XP
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;293118
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CrazyOneCommented:
Or

Maybe one of these may do the trick for you.

Alohabob PC Relocator 4.0
http://www.alohabob.com/item.asp?item=pcr40

Detto IntelliMover 3.0
www.detto.com

Move Me
http://www.spearit.com/

PCsync
http://www.laplink.com/products/PCSync/overview.asp

PC Upgrade Commander
http://www.v-com.com/product/pcuc_ind.html
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Dufo G. BelskiRetired bureaucrat/desktop supportCommented:
That's good suggestions from CrazyOne.  An alternative is to take the hard drive out of the old machine and hook it up tothe new one.  Be sure to look for and set the jumper on the old one that will allow it to be recogized as a slave drive.  It will then probably show up as drive D: on your new computer.

Regarding programs, downloaded or otherwise:  you may not be able to just copy them over, becuase during installation they may copy dll's to the Windows system folder, and make entries in the registry.  For that reason they may not wrok unless you reinstall them.
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CrazyOneCommented:
Doh I forgot about doing the hard disk thing. Good call asyscokid. :>)
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weazerAuthor Commented:
Thanx much.
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CrazyOneCommented:
You are welcome :>)
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