Larry Kost wrote:
> I am getting a new PC for a faculty member and would like to transfer as
> much as possible from his old PC. He has tons of installed software and
> special settings. I know that I could make an image and put that on the
> drive on the new PC but am concerned about loosing drivers etc for new
> hardware. Win XP has its File and Settings Transfer Wizard but it isn't
> clear to me exactly what this transfers. Data isn't a real problem since
> his is backed up separately to his network drive. There is also XP's
> Automated System Recovery which requires reinstalling the OS and then it
> transfers all old data, settings and software.
> Any recommendations, insights, software to consider, ... would be
> Larry Kost
If the data is backed up, bite the bullet and install the application
software on the new machine. Have them set up next to each other until
everything is functional in the new machine.
Special settings are mostly found in the environmental properties under
the system tab in the control panel. Amendments to the path are
common. Application specific environmental variables are common.
Other special settings are in files directly related to the application.
These are going to be found in the directory of the executable or in
the path [hence the amendments to the path]. This is because called
files are looked for first in the directory and then in the locations
listed in the path in the order in which they are listed.
If the machines are set up next to each other and an application is
missing a file, it will usually alert you as to what is needed with a
message like: ‘i_need_this.dll is missing’. You can even sneakernet
files over if needed. Dude – it’s digital warfare, go on the attack..