What is the Best Way to Transfer Settings from Windows 7 Beta to New Machine

Posted on 2009-12-30
Last Modified: 2012-05-08
I am setting-up a new computer using Windows 7 Professional.  The old PC was using the Win7 preview.  I was thinking of using the transfer wizard.  Is there a way to collect the data, but only use bits and pieces on the new machine?  Meaning, I want a clean install - but I want to be able to transfer certain data, when I choose to.

Is there a best practice for upgrading? Moving user account and program data?  Again, I want access to it, but don't want to move it unless I choose to.

I have Nero Backup, Siber Systems' GoodSync, and the backup software in Windows.

Both machines can be connected to the same domain, and I have an external hard disk.

Question by:hgetson
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    Well as for the programs, you would have to re-install it
    Built in windows 7 backup is quite good too.
    For your user settings, like favorites, mail profiles etc you can use the windows transfer wizard and then import it back into your new machine, that way you would ahve your pictures, documents (stored under your username documents, pictures,downloads, videos)
    anything under your userfolder would be backed up with the transfer wizard, it will give you the option to customize it, for e.g, if you are not interested in moving / copying your videos you can de-select it.
    you would have to use a usb hard disk for that to happen and your profile will still be on the old machine.
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    Links for windows easy transfer.
    It will not move your profile data, rather will copy it on your external storage to be imported on your new machine.

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    Thanks for the quick reply.  Because I was using the Win7 Preview, I don't want to move all settings.

    I understand that I can customize what gets saved using the Transfer Wizard.  However, does it give me the option to selectively Use what got saved?  Meaning, I'm happy to back-up all settings, however (as an example), I don't want all favorited bookmarks put on the new machine, just the ones I select (and I might select different items at different times).  
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    Above is the path to your favorites
    Now, when you start easy transfer wizard, it will scan all profiles found on your machine (old machine)

    Once it has scanned that, uncheck the profiles and shared data you dont want, then on the profile you are interested in, click customize, a small window opens, on that window, click "Advanced" and there you can select / de-select folders nested inside your profile, like favorites, etc ; you would be able to select and un-select the favorites you want .

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