Transfer of Data PC to PC

I currently have a Dell Latitude notebook with Windows 2000 Professional installed.  I am about to buy a new notebook and it will have Windows XP Professional.  

I would like to know the best method for the transfer of all data on my current hard drive to the new notebook with the newer operating system.

Thank you
larryp1Asked:
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mrfixitpcCommented:
Well you can  get   either  a  usb transfer  setup or  you can use a  Network Cross over cable and  you can setup a pc  to pc  connection ther and  transfer data   and or  you can  have a pc store  transfer it to a cd  i know compusa  has a data backup service you can always  try out  heard its worth it.  


Ok just  looked online  compusa  has   whats called  smartlink  usb peer to peer  file transfer cable for  approx  $30.00 us

If need  more info    feel free
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patrickabCommented:
A nul modem can be used to connect the two machines. It really is little other than a bundle of wires with connectors at each end. They cost about £10/US$15 and will do exactly what you want. No extra software is needed.
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larryp1Author Commented:
Thank you sunray_2003 for the answer to my question.  I must admit that your answer, as relates to data transfer was right on however, it is my fault that my question was somewhat misleading to anyone that would read/answer it.

I am aware of the way to simply transfer data from one PC to another.  What my real concern was, was the fact that one notebook has Windows 2000 Pro while the other will have Windows XP Pro.

With this in mind, I thought that possibly the best/one route to take, because of the difference in operating systems, would be to format the drive on the new PC, restore the back-up from the old notebook to the new notebook and subsequently upgrade the new notebook to Windows 2000 Pro.

If you have any further comments/suggestions along these lines, please let me know.  If you want to, you can email me directly at: larryp1@netzero.net.

Thank you again,
James L. Perryman
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