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    A bit of tech help please.

    This computer is very old (over 10 years) so I'm considering a complete new machine.

    I quail at the thought of transferring everything I want to keep, is there an easy way to transfer everything from this one to a new one, leaving behind the various glitches that keep cropping up?

    I'm getting the impression that 'cloud' can do it, am I right?
    I offer no guarantee that anything I say is correct. wysiwyg

    #2
    You left a few details out like what ‘everything’ is, applications and data, just data? And what is the current operating systems and what is the destination OS? You might for example be able to connect your current HD to the new machine and just access/transfer data as required.
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      #3
      Get an external backup drive you can connect to current beast (? USB ?)

      Copy everything you want there 1st (now have backup!) - then copy from there to new beast.

      Keep taking regular backups.. (I have folders dd/mm/yyyy going back some years..with data etc etc I hope never to need)
      I am legally unqualified: If you need to rely on advice check it with a suitable authority - eg a solicitor specialising in landlord/tenant law...

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        #4
        Data is easy... assuming you've collated all your data in a nice folder structure you understand and have not just left important files all over the hard disk. Programs should always be re-installed, so make sure you have the original media, the download installation file you used and any licence keys you might need. It will not be a straightforward and simple task... give yourself some time to do it and do not delete anything from your old computer until you are fully satisfied you have everything that you need on the new. Mothball the old one for a little while and see how you get on / if you miss anything.

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          #5
          Beware that you likely won't simply need to buy a new machine, load your software and connect your hardware. You are likely to find that a number of these are 'incompatible'* with your new machine.

          * They aren't really 'incompatible'. Your new machine operating system will have been made to reject old stuff, as a favour to their manufacturers to get you to buy new stuff.

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            #6
            Assuming you are windows then seriously consider getting a Win 7 machine as thats likely to be easiest for you to adjust to. If you go 8.1 then try it out until you are used to it.

            Install the software that you need on the new machine
            FULL backup or if you are really paranoid, a clone of the existing machine http://uk.pcmag.com/storage-devices-...e-a-hard-drive
            Win7 and Win 8 provide easy transfer instructions with a usb cable or via the router.
            http://windows.microsoft.com/en-GB/w...-easy-transfer
            Based on the information posted, I offer my thoughts.Any action you then take is your liability. While commending individual effort, there is no substitute for a thorough review of documents and facts by paid for professional advisers.

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              #7
              The 3 fundamental rules of using a computer (or smartphone or tablet...)

              1. Take a backup.
              ii. Take another backup.
              c. Take another backup & keep it in another building... (or cloud..)

              PS: And check you can recover these data..

              Sadly one only appreciates these after losing everything some time....
              I am legally unqualified: If you need to rely on advice check it with a suitable authority - eg a solicitor specialising in landlord/tenant law...

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                #8
                Thanks guys,

                Andy it's got XP OS and yes I just want to save data.

                A external drive sounds the way to go.
                I offer no guarantee that anything I say is correct. wysiwyg

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                  #9
                  Originally posted by jta View Post
                  Thanks guys,

                  Andy it's got XP OS and yes I just want to save data.

                  A external drive sounds the way to go.
                  If its XP os then no worries. The MS link shows you how to do it as long as you pre install the software that you need

                  Using teh external hard drive for back up is fine but are you running a full windows back up or running a clone? Even a full back up is no guarantee of successful reinstall and a clone and a full back up is the way to go on the hard drive.


                  If the machine is a PC then you can buy a new hard drive internal and clone the drive to it.

                  You then buy a caddy and run the cloned drive via USB on the new machine. Simples.
                  Based on the information posted, I offer my thoughts.Any action you then take is your liability. While commending individual effort, there is no substitute for a thorough review of documents and facts by paid for professional advisers.

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                    #10
                    Originally posted by leaseholdanswers View Post
                    . Simples.
                    Might be 'simples' for you mate but this is me.

                    Any recommendations for the replacement PC?
                    I offer no guarantee that anything I say is correct. wysiwyg

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                      #11
                      Originally posted by jta View Post
                      Might be 'simples' for you mate but this is me.

                      Any recommendations for the replacement PC?
                      I believe these guys will still make a Windows 7 pc for you:

                      http://www.starcomputers.co.uk/index.php?p=home

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                        #12
                        Originally posted by leaseholdanswers View Post
                        Assuming you are windows then seriously consider getting a Win 7 machine as thats likely to be easiest for you to adjust to.
                        Damn right. I recently had to upgrade my 83-year-old Mum's awful 'Vista' laptop, and I flatly refuse to even countenance the possibility of her on Windows 8.1 (because not only will she not be able to get to grips with it, but I'll be the one providing remote tech support!); so for that reason alone, I've got her a second-hand machine rather than a new one, just to get Windows 7 (which she's delighted with).

                        My son recently bought a new Windows 8 machine; he found the only way to make it vaguely usable was to install a third-party add-on program which made it look and work rather like Windows of old. Personally speaking, in my day job I work in the offices of a number of different companies on numerous computers, and have yet to see a single example in the corporate environment running Windows 8. Last week, while at a hospital outpatient clinic I noticed my records being accessed on a PC running Windows XP, for God's sake (yes, the version that Microsoft 'retired' and stopped producing security updates for last year)

                        Doesn't say much about Microsoft, does it?

                        Originally posted by JK0 View Post
                        I believe these guys will still make a Windows 7 pc for you:
                        If so, that's interesting; as far as I was aware that wasn't "allowed"?

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                          #13
                          Originally posted by Ericthelobster View Post

                          If so, that's interesting; as far as I was aware that wasn't "allowed"?
                          They made one for me in October. Not sure if they still can, but worth a try?

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                            #14
                            There are plenty on Amazon brand new win 7 machines.

                            I'd steer clear of Dell simply as upgrades and repairs are expensive and fiddly. I'd focus on Toshiba or Fujitsu for build quality or Asus Acer or Lenovo, and the trick is as big a hard drive (500 gb at least) and memory ( min 4gb RAM ideally 6 or 8) as you can afford. if you want to run DVDs and graphics then a dedicated graphics card is a must.

                            As to size if you need it to be portable then smaller screen size and largest battery you can get. HDMI ports are great as high spec laps have them these days plug it straight into the flat screen and the bits that leave you squinting ( like your dad did and now it s our turn) are no longer so small.

                            Get a warranty from D & G too
                            Based on the information posted, I offer my thoughts.Any action you then take is your liability. While commending individual effort, there is no substitute for a thorough review of documents and facts by paid for professional advisers.

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