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    moving from Win2k to XP-Pro (current)

    I have ordered a new Dell with XP-Pro to replace my old Win2k box. I have a few general questions about the upgrade on a new box.

    I have an external (USB) hard drive which I use for a backup device, I also spent the bucks for the "lap Link" package to help with the move - may be overkill, if the external hard drive installs without any problem.

    I know it will be best to install all of the old packages from scratch, but wonder if there is any way to use them without going thru a complete reinstall? I am worried about not having registry settings on the new box for the packages I have. I bought a XP-PRO book, and it discusses installing XP-PRO on an old box and doesn't seem to indicate having to install programs from scratch. I am assuming this is because on an "upgrade" the old registry settings would survive.

    I definitely will install new versions of Office and only use old data files, but I have a lot of packages that I purchased over internet and downloaded code ie, Zone Alarm, virus checkers, spyware checkers, etc. I am trying to make sure that I have the appropriate "downloaded files" that are necessary for a reinstall, but in my advancing years, I may have screwed up somewhere.

    I know that the best way to go is to install from scratch, but just wondering if anyone has done something else.

    OBTW - I have never used "Lap Link" and I am assuming that it is not smart enough to retrieve registry entries, but you know what assumptions do to one.

    Thank you in advance for any words of wisdom.

    Tom

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    Re: moving from Win2k to XP-Pro (current)

    I agree with Mark 100% on this. Messing around with a new installation on a new machine in the manner you are speaking of is nothing but a recipe for trouble. Bite the bullet and take the time to set this new machine up to your liking from scratch. Dell will have installed some junk that you probably won't want and should uninstall if you won't be using it (trial versions of different programs, their own Sonic CD/DVD burning software, MusicMatch Jukebox, etc.) and if you don't like them , you should remove them before you begin installing the programs you do want and use. Then slowly install and setup the programs you want and be sure one installation is working the way you want it to before installing another. That way, if there are any conflicts or problems, you'll have a much easier time isolating it and troubleshooting the issue. Just my <img src=/S/2cents.gif border=0 alt=2cents width=15 height=15>.

    Good luck. Enjoy your new system and remember that we're here if you have questions or need assistance.
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    Re: moving from Win2k to XP-Pro (current)

    Along this line, if you are using a Imaging program such as "TrueImage", I would make images at different stages of the build, including a CLEAN OS without any user added programs except for the Imaging program.

    Now running HP Pavilion a6528p, with Win7 64 Bit OS.

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    Re: moving from Win2k to XP-Pro (current)

    Thanks - does the transfer wizard run with Lap Link - not sure how it gets old data if it doesn't?

    Tom

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    Re: moving from Win2k to XP-Pro (current)

    The transfer wizard has nothing to do with LapLink, which is remote control software akin to pcAnywhere. The most effective way to use the wizard is to get a crossover ethernet cable (or run it through your home network), because it will copy settings AND files, and the size of data can be very large.
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    Re: moving from Win2k to XP-Pro (current)

    I will strongly suggest that you forget about the registry in the transition. Were you upgrading the existing PC with Windows 2000 on it, then it would be a non-issue. However, you're going to get a new Dell with XP pre-installed on it, and take my word for it - you don't want any registry crap from the old machine. Not only do you not want it, but there is no way to transfer that information.

    Start fresh, install only what you need. You may think that's a pain in the @#$!% now, but it will save you a lot of frustration down the road. To help with the process, you can try using the Files and Settings Transfer Wizard that comes with Windows XP, and it will ease your migration.
    -Mark

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