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How To Transfer Files From Your Old Computer To Your New Computer
Using the F.A.S.T. Wizard
So, you've finally upgraded to a new computer. You're excited, because this probably means that you have a cleaner, faster computer and new, update programs to play with. But, you also have some work to do because you've got files on your old computer that you'll need to put on the new computer since you use them or need to access them on a regular basis. So, you have to transfer the files from one computer to another. Sounds easy enough. Right? Yes. Here's how to do it:
Steps to transfer files from one computer to another:
Step One: Turn on the computer that you want to transfer files from. In your case, this is probably the old computer that you're not planning to use any more.
Step Two: Go to the Start Menu. Follow the links to Programs, then Accessories, then System Tools and finally "Files and Settings Transfer Wizard". This latter button is also known as F.A.S.T.; that's good news for you because if it goes right, you're going to be using that new computer in no time.
Step Three: Follow the instructions on the F.A.S.T. Wizard program. These should be clear.
Step Three, Part One: First, you will choose which computer you are on (easy enough, you're on the old one).
Step Three, Part Two: Then you'll choose how to transfer the files (you can use a floppy disk, a direct cable or a small home network; the latter is a common method of file transfer between old and new computers).
Step Three, Part Three: Next, you'll select whether you want to transfer just files or also files and settings. Unless you're making some big changes when you go to use the new computer, you'll probably want to select to transfer both the files and the settings from your old computer to your new computer.
Step Four: Turn on the computer that you want to transfer files to. In your case, this is probably the new computer that you're excited to start using soon.
Step Five: Repeat "Step Two" on the new computer to access the F.A.S.T. Wizard.
Step Six: Follow the instructions on the F.A.S.T. Wizard program. These should be clear.
Step Six, Part One: Choose the computer that you are on (easy again, now you're on the new computer).
Step Six, Part Two: You will be given a series of options for how to complete the transfer. If you followed the above steps, the choice that you will want to make reads: "I don't need the Wizard Disk. I have already collected my files and settings from my old computer."
Step Six, Part Three: Choose the location where the files were saved on your old computer for transferring them to your new computer.
Step Seven: Having completed all of the instructions the F.A.S.T. Wizard, your files should now be transferred. Restart your new computer and double-check to make sure that everything went smoothly. Your files from your old computer should appear intact on your new computer.
So, the process for transferring files from your old computer to your new computer is an easy one. If you're going to be selling or merely not using the old computer anymore, you should remove the files from the old computer after the transfer. Make sure that you back-up the files before you delete them in case something ever goes wrong with your new computer and you need to retrieve those files. Now, you're all set. Enjoy your fast new computer!