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    File Transfer (Windows XP Home; Ver. 5.1, SP1)

    Can I safely use the File Transfer Wizard to transfer files from old Wondows 95 computer to new OEM-loaded XP one? The reason I'm concerned is that the old machine was seriously messed up - freezing all the time, missing MS programs (such as ScanDisk) due to bad advice (NOT from Woody's Lounge!), unretrievable "favorites", etc. I don't think there was a virus of any kind - just a messed-up-by-human-error machine. I don't want to mess up our new computer by transferring any problems!

    Before switching computers, I did copy onto floppy diskettes ALL our necessary data - nothing transferred or loaded into new computer yet. Trying to become more familiar with XP before adding Office and data. Old machine still here, waiting to be stripped once I'm sure everything I need is safely removed and available in new computer.

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    Linda

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    Re: File Transfer (Windows XP Home; Ver. 5.1, SP1)

    I suppose the real question is "what sort of files?".

    If they are just data files that you created -- should be no problem.

    But you might come unstuck if you want to transfer settings, favourites, and the like. I deeply regretted transferring such things from Windows 98 SE to XP Pro; after a year I'm still finding assorted rubbish that should have stayed on the olde box... From Windows 95? Avoid.
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    Re: File Transfer (Windows XP Home; Ver. 5.1, SP1)

    Data files....fine. The others? Why risk transferring your old headaches to your new setup. Particularly Win95 candidates for Tylenol. <img src=/S/hairout.gif border=0 alt=hairout width=31 height=23>

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    Re: File Transfer (Windows XP Home; Ver. 5.1, SP1)

    One more vote to let bygones be bygones. Why bring old problems with you when you move ??

    Your internet connection settings can be copied and re-entered manually on the new machine. The Favorites folder would be the only thing that might be difficult to replace or duplicate. You could copy your Favorites folder to a floppy and use sneaker networking to transfer it. Run a virus scan on the folder before you copy it to your new machine to set your mind at ease.
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    Re: File Transfer (Windows XP Home; Ver. 5.1, SP1)

    Phew! Really glad I checked before doing anything! All your advice confirmed my suspicions. The data on floppies already copied - I'll run a virus check on them now before loading them into the new system.

    Thanks loads for your input - I'd much rather take some time now to recreate needed info than a LOT of time later to try and fix problems caused by old stuff - especially since fixing tech things is not something I do!!

    Appreciate all three of you taking the time to advise.

    Linda

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