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Article ID: 306187 - Last Review: January 15, 2006 - Revision: 2.4

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SUMMARY

This article describes how to use the Files and Settings Transfer Wizard with a Wizard Disk.



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How to use the File and Settings Transfer Wizard

You can use the Files and Settings Transfer Wizard to transfer settings from one computer to another computer. The settings that you can transfer include your personalized settings for Microsoft Internet Explorer and Outlook Express, desktop settings, display settings, and dial-up connection settings.

You can also use the Files and Settings Transfer Wizard to create a backup copy of your Windows XP settings. You can use this backup copy of your settings to restore your files and settings if you have to reinstall Windows XP.

Create a Wizard Disk

To create a Wizard Disk by using the Files and Settings Transfer Wizard, follow these steps:
  1. Click Start, point to All Programs, point to Accessories, point to System Tools, and then click Files and Settings Transfer Wizard.
  2. On the Welcome to the Files and Settings Transfer Wizard screen, click Next.
  3. On the Which computer is this screen, click Next.
  4. On the Do you have a Windows XP CD screen, click 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 then click Next.
  6. Insert a blank formatted disk into the drive, and then click OK to create the Wizard Disk.
  7. Remove the Wizard Disk, and then click Cancel.

Collect the files and settings from the old computer

  1. Start the File and Settings Transfer Wizard on the computer that you want to collect the files and settings from:
    1. Insert the Wizard Disk into the drive of the computer that you want.
    2. Click Start, and then click Run.
    3. In the Open box, type:
      drive:Fastwiz
      Where drive is the drive that contains the Wizard Disk (such as A:Fastwiz).
    4. Click OK.
  2. On the Welcome to the Files and Settings Transfer Wizard screen, click Next.
  3. On the Select a transfer method screen, click the transfer method that you want. For example, Floppy drive or other removable media, and then click Next.
  4. On the What do you want to transfer? screen, click the selection that you want, and then click Next.

    Note When you make a selection, a summary of the items that will be transferred appears in the Based on your current selection, the following items will be transferred list. You can use this list to verify that the settings or the files that you want will be transferred.

    The Wizard collects your files and settings. If you selected Floppy drive or other removable media in step 3, you are prompted to insert the media disk. When you are prompted, click OK.
  5. On the Completing the Collection Phase screen, click Finish.

Transfer the files and settings to the new computer

  1. Log on to the Windows XP-based computer.
  2. Click start, point to All Programs, point to Accessories, point to System Tools, and then click Files and Settings Transfer Wizard.
  3. On the Welcome to the Files and Settings Transfer Wizard screen, click Next.
  4. On the Which computer is this screen, click New computer, and then click Next.
  5. On the Do you have a Windows XP CD screen, click I don't need the Wizard Disk. I have already collected my files and settings from my old computer, and then click Next.
  6. On the Where are the files and settings? screen, click the same transfer method that you selected in step 3 in the "Collect the files and settings from the old computer" section. For example, Floppy drive or other removable media.

    Note If you click Other (for example, a removable drive or network drive), locate or type the location that contains the collected files and settings.

    Click Next. If you selected Floppy drive or other removable media, you are prompted to insert disk 1. When you are prompted, click OK.

    The Wizard transfers the files and settings.
  7. On the Completing the Files and Settings Transfer Wizard screen, click Finish. You receive the following message:
    You need to log off for the changes to take effect. Do you want to log off now?
  8. Click Yes to log off.
  9. Log on to the computer to apply your transferred settings.

Troubleshooting

Some settings may not be restored to your Windows XP-based computer. Settings for devices that are either not available on or incompatible with Windows XP will not be transferred. A list of files or folders that were not be restored to their original locations appears on the Completing the Files and Settings Transfer Wizard screen of the Files and Settings Transfer Wizard.

The following types of items may not be transferred:
  • Third-party driver files for devices that are not installed on the Windows XP-based computer.
  • Network printers that are not available on the Windows XP-based computer.


REFERENCES

For additional information about other methods of using the Files and Settings Transfer Wizard, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
306186  (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/306186/ ) How to use the Files and Settings Transfer Wizard using the Windows XP CD

APPLIES TO
  • Microsoft Windows XP Professional
  • Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition
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