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Best way to move stuff from my Windows 7 machine to new Windows 8 machine

I have purchased a new HP desktop with Windows 8,  I want to start using it now instead of my older Dell D810 laptop.  I am somewhat PC literate.

What, these days, is the easiest way to get, for example, my Office 2010 apps over to my new computer.  I have a license for two Office 2010's.  In the past I would simply install Office from scratch on the new machine and then copy over the data.  Is this still the best way?

Any other suggestions appreciated for getting stuff over in general appreciated
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WoodrowA
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John HurstBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
The best way is to start fresh (you have a new machine), uninstall anything you do not need, then install Office and your other apps. Test and then copy your data over. I did that myself on my (somewhat) new ThinkPad X230 with Windows 8. In my case, I elected to use the pre-installed Office 2013 and get a one year subscription. This works best.

Otherwise, try something like PC Mover.

http://www.laplink.com/landingpages/pcmoverpro/ppc_012913.html

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John HurstBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
If you do elect to use Easy Transfer, test it first and absolutely ensure a good backup. More than one person here has lost their data with Easy Transfer. It is supposed to work, but just be sure to test (that you can get the data back).

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aadihCommented:
It'd take some time, but the best choice is to keep the fresh PC fresh by installing programs one by one.  And for data, an USB should be sufficient. Best to keep the freshness.  :-)
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David Johnson, CD, MVPOwnerCommented:
It is a fresh machine people.. Install all of the applications and then use windows easy transfer to move over your data..

are both machines the same architecture i.e. 32bit or 64 bit?  Same architecture makes things easier
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WoodrowAAuthor Commented:
Thank you
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John HurstBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
@WoodrowA - Thanks, and I was happy to help.


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