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HP and Compaq PCs - Using Files and Settings Transfer Wizard (Windows XP)

This document applies to all HP and Compaq computers with Windows XP (and 98 and Me).

This document explains how to transfer files and settings between two PCs using the Files and Setting Transfer Wizard.

NOTE: Before performing the following steps, disconnect both PCs from the Internet and temporarily disable any firewall software that may be running. To disable Norton Personal Firewall, right-click on the small system tray icon next to the time in the lower right corner of the desktop and select Disable . You can re-enable the firewall after you are done transferring files.

There are four steps to using the Files and Settings Transfer Wizard:

Step 1: Determining the best transfer method

  1. Start the Files and Settings Transfer Wizard on the first PC:

    If the first PC is using Windows XP , click Start , All Programs , Accessories , System Tools , Files and Settings Transfer Wizard and click Next .

    If the first PC is using windows 98 or Me you must create a Wizard disk from the Windows XP PC:

    1. Click Start , All Programs , Accessories , System Tools , Files and Settings Transfer Wizard and click Next .
    2. On the "Welcome to the Files and Settings Transfer Wizard" screen, click Next .
    3. On the "Which computer is this" screen, ensure New Computer is selected, and click Next.
    4. On the "Do you have a Windows XP CD" screen, select I want to create a Wizard Disk in the following drive .
    5. In the drive list, click the drive that you want. For example, "3-1/2 Floppy (A:)", and click Next .
    6. Insert a blank disk, and then click OK to create the Wizard disk.
    7. Use this disk in the old pc to start the Files and Settings Transfer Wizard and click Next .

  2. Select Old computer and click Next .

  3. Select the transfer method and click Next .

    The wizard collects the files and settings from the Old computer and compresses it into a 100MB or larger data file. Select the transfer method that is most convenient to you for moving this file. Each transfer method is different and may require longer transfer time, additional setup or equipment.

    • Direct cable: This requires a serial null-modem (rs-232) cable and directly connects the two PCs.
      NOTE: We do not recommend using this method because it is extremely slow. It may take up to 17 hours to transfer your files and settings. There are faster direct cable connection methods such as parallel cable or a crossover network cable, however, the File Settings and Transfer wizard only supports a direct serial cable connection at this time.
    • Home or small office network: This method assumes that both PCs are successfully connected to the network. If the PCs are not on the same network this option will be grayed out.
      NOTE: Using this method can be difficult, HP recommends using one of the other methods.

      For more information on setting up a small office network using Windows XP please refer to Microsoft Knowledge Base article KB813936 Non-HP site (in English).

    • Floppy drive or other removable media: The file can be saved and transferred using floppy disks. However, due to the large size of the file you will need many floppy disks - a typical file is more than 100MB.

      Other removable media are memory cards or other removable disks. If your PC has a memory card reader and the memory card has sufficient capacity, this is a much more convenient transfer method.

    • Other: This is the most flexible method. In addition to the previous methods, it also includes USB flash drives, network drives or shared directories, and any accessible folders such as the desktop .

      If you are not sure what method will work best, first save the files and settings to your desktop, then determine the best transfer method based on the file size.

  4. The wizard prompts you for additional information, depending on the transfer method.

    If you selected Direct cable or Home or small office network you may receive the following error message:

    The wizard cannot locate your new computer. Make sure the new computer is turned on and that your network is working properly.

    If setup is correct but the error message continues, this transfer method may not work for your setup. Select another method.

Step 2: Collecting files and settings

Select what you want to transfer.

  • Settings only: The wizard selects the program settings to transfer.

  • Files only: The wizard selects the files to transfer.

  • Both files and settings: The wizard selects the program settings and files to transfer.

  • Let me select a custom list: You select individual program settings and files to transfer.

The wizard collects the files and settings, saves them as a compressed data (DAT) file and and places it in a folder called USMT2.UNC in your destination directory.

NOTE: If you want to transfer program settings, the program must already be installed on the new computer. For example, if you want to transfer settings for MS Word, MS Word must already be installed on the new computer.

Step 3: Transferring files and settings

  1. Start the Files and Settings Transfer Wizard on the new computer.

  2. Select New computer and click Next .

  3. Select I don't need the Wizard Disk. I have already collected my files and settings from my old computer. and click Next .

  4. Select the location of the Files and Settings DAT file and click Next .

Step 4: Applying files and settings

The wizard opens the DAT file and apply the files and settings to the new computer. When the wizard finishes it prompts to log off for the changes to take effect.

For more information on using the File and Setting Transfer Wizard please refer to Microsoft Knowledge Base articles (in English): KB301999 Non-HP site , KB293118 Non-HP site , KB302763 Non-HP site , KB307869 Non-HP site , and KB304903 Non-HP site .

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