Copy everything on one computer to a new computer...

Posted on 2010-01-05
Last Modified: 2013-12-01
I would like to buy a new computer and copy all of my files and programs from my current computer to the new one.  The desired end result would be when I start up the new one, it would be just like the old one- only bigger and faster and better... if you know what I mean.     I am then going to wipe the old one and donate it.

How can I accomplish what i want to do?  Is there a program that will do it or can it be done through windows, etc?

Question by:snyperj
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    This is the market leader for what you want to do
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    You can keep everything, settings, etc.

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    Acronis or Norton Ghost will be ok
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    by:Joseph Daly
    Acronis is your best bet as mentioned above because it is the best imaging program that allows restoring to non similar hardware. Although it is possible to image and restore your machine to the new one I would reccomend if possible to start fresh.

    By doing the imaging and restore you will be bringing a lot of stuff, files, registry keys, etc over to the new machine that it probably doent need and will probably slow it down.
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    Beg to differ with the above, but unless your Old pc is really tidy, you'll just turn your "bigger and faster and better" new PC into a kruft-ridden clone of the old one.

    I'd suggest you use the Windows Easy Transfer wizard to move the **data**

    and then reinstall just the **applications** that you need.  If you haven't run it in 6 months, you don't need it.
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    some possibilities here :
    1- if the new PC has an OS with it, it will be newer; probably windows 7.
    if your old disk contains an older OS, i sugggest you to make first an image of the new install, so you can use it later if you want, otherwise you throw a better OS away !
    note that some devices (printer, scanner) may not have drivers in w7

    2- if it is the same OS, you can try it, but as said , you'll copy all problems to the new PC too, so i agree with Danch99 here

    personally i prefer a new install -  and do it eveneach year ! (so make an image of the new install when everything is installed!!)

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