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Transferring Information to a New Computer

Dell™ Latitude™ D630/D630c User's Guide

  Microsoft® Windows® XP

  Microsoft Windows Vista®


You can use your operating system wizards to help you transfer files and other data from one computer another. For instructions, see the following section that corresponds to the operating system your computer is running.


Microsoft® Windows® XP

The Microsoft Windows XP operating system provides the Files and Settings Transfer wizard to move data from a source computer to a new computer. You can transfer data such as:

You can transfer the data to the new computer over a network, serial connection, or on removable media such as a writable CD.

NOTE: You can transfer information from the old computer to the new computer by directly connecting a serial cable to the input/output (I/O) ports of the two computers. To transfer data over a serial connection, you must access the Network Connections utility from the Control Panel and perform additional configuration steps, such as setting up an advanced connection and designating the host computer and the guest computer.

For instructions on setting up a direct cable connection between two computers, see Microsoft Knowledge Base 87uArticle #305621, titled How to Set Up a Direct Cable Connection Between Two Computers in Windows XP. This information may not be available in some countries.

For transferring information to a new computer, you must run the Files and Settings Transfer Wizard. You can use the optional Operating System media for this process or you can create a wizard disk with the Files and Settings Transfer Wizard.

Running the Files and Settings Transfer Wizard With the Operating System Media

NOTE: This procedure requires the Operating System media. This media is optional and may not be included with all computers.

To prepare the new computer for the file transfer:

  1. Start the Files and Settings Transfer Wizard.

  2. When the Files and Settings Transfer Wizard welcome screen appears, click Next.

  3. On the Which computer is this? screen, click New Computer and click Next.

  4. On the Do you have a Windows XP CD? screen, click I will use the wizard from the Windows XP CD and click Next.

  5. When the Now go to your old computer screen appears, go to your old or source computer. Do not click Next at this time.

To copy data from the old computer:

  1. On the old computer, insert the Windows XP Operating System media.

  2. On the Welcome to Microsoft Windows XP screen, click Perform additional tasks.

  3. Under What do you want to do?, click Transfer files and settings.

  4. On the Files and Settings Transfer Wizard welcome screen, click Next.

  5. On the Which computer is this? screen, click Old Computer and click Next.

  6. On the Select a transfer method screen, click the transfer method you prefer.

  7. On the What do you want to transfer? screen, select the items you want to transfer and click Next.

After the information has been copied, the Completing the Collection Phase screen appears.

  1. Click Finish.

To transfer data to the new computer:

  1. On the Now go to your old computer screen on the new computer, click Next.

  2. On the Where are the files and settings? screen, select the method you chose for transferring your settings and files and click Next.

The wizard reads the collected files and settings and applies them to your new computer.

When all of the settings and files have been applied, the Finished screen appears.

  1. Click Finished and restart the new computer.

Running the Files and Settings Transfer Wizard Without the Operating System Media

To run the Files and Settings Transfer Wizard without the Operating System media, you must create a wizard disk that will allow you to create a backup image file to removable media.

To create a wizard disk, use your new computer with Windows XP and perform the following steps:

  1. Click Start® Files and Settings Transfer Wizard.

  2. When the Files and Settings Transfer Wizard welcome screen appears, click Next.

  3. On the Which computer is this? screen, click New Computer® Next.

  4. On the Do you have a Windows XP CD? screen, click I want to create a Wizard Disk in the following drive® Next.

  5. Insert the removable media, such as a writable CD, and click OK.

  6. When the disk creation completes and the Now go to your old computer message appears, do not click Next.

  7. Go to the old computer.

To copy data from the old computer:

  1. On the old computer, insert the wizard disk.

  2. Click the Start® Run.

  3. In the Open field on the Run window, browse to the path for fastwiz (on the appropriate removable media) and click OK.

  4. On the Files and Settings Transfer Wizard welcome screen, click Next.

  5. On the Which computer is this? screen, click Old Computer® Next.

  6. On the Select a transfer method screen, click the transfer method you prefer.

  7. On the What do you want to transfer? screen, select the items you want to transfer and click Next.

After the information has been copied, the Completing the Collection Phase screen appears.

  1. Click Finish.

To transfer data to the new computer:

  1. On the Now go to your old computer screen on the new computer, click Next.

  2. On the Where are the files and settings? screen, select the method you chose for transferring your settings and files and click Next. Follow the instructions on the screen.

The wizard reads the collected files and settings and applies them to your new computer.

When all of the settings and files have been applied, the Finished screen appears.

  1. Click Finished and restart the new computer.

NOTE: For more information about this procedure, search support.dell.com for document #PA1089586 (How Do I Transfer Files From My Old Computer to My New Dell Computer Using the Microsoft® Windows® XP Operating System?).
NOTE: Access to the Dell™ Knowledge Base document may not be available in some countries.

Microsoft Windows Vista®

Easy Transfer Cable for Windows Vista

  1. Insert the Easy Transfer Cable for Windows Vista Application Software media into the computer you are transferring data from.

  2. Follow the on-screen instructions until you are prompted to connect the Transfer Cable.

  3. Connect the Easy Transfer Cable to the source computer.

You are prompted to select a device option.

  1. Continue until you are prompted to plug the other end of the Easy Transfer Cable into the destination computer.

The screen indicates that a connection has been made.

  1. At the computer you are transferring data from, follow the on-screen instructions to select the settings and files you want to transfer.

  2. You will come to a screen that indicates you are ready to transfer files.

  3. From the destination computer, view the transfer and wait for the indication that the transfer is complete.

  4. Select Close.

You are prompted to restart the computer.

  1. Select Yes.

The computer reboots and the transfer is complete.


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