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shecky 10-06-2008 03:46 AM

I hate computers
OK, so I got a new CP for my computer and transferred (ie, dragged old files to new hard drive) from old hard drive. I've spent the last two hours trying to figure out how to get to them and then what to do with them.

Really, I just can't find my way around. I want my old ISP stuff, my pictures back, my tax stuff back. Where does it go when you drag it to the OS of the new computer from the old? How do I reinstall all the stuff I had on the old computer.?

How, how how? I'm so confused.:confused:

Worst part: I can't get at my Beersmith and I want to brew tomorrow. Tried to reinstall it on the new computer with the key I was given but it doens't read the ISP address. Thus, first need to reinstall my ISP stuff. AAAAARRRRGGGGHHHHH

monty73741 10-06-2008 04:57 AM

I'm confused. what Iwould do is look for the new PC to see if has data transfer software. & you still have to install everything again. I just did that on my roomates PC what a pain in the ass but you got to do it

phissionkorps 10-06-2008 05:42 AM

Do you have 2 HD's hooked up to the PC? If so, and you drug and dropped stuff from one to the other, it should be right there where you left it. If you still can't find it, do a search on a file with a known name.

Speaking of comps, my school forced us into buying a Dell Latitude XT in July. Since then, I'm on my 3rd HD (always crashed a day or two before a test), 2nd keyboard, 2nd mouse, had some plastic tabs break and fall off, my shift key barely works, the digitizer software has irreparably broken twice, the screen flops all over the place, the video card software has pulled up the blue screen more times than I can count, and for some reason my POS wireless card drops my connection every 5 minutes. So just think, it could be worse ;)

Kevin Dean 10-06-2008 07:21 PM


OK, so I got a new CP for my computer
I'm lost, what's a CP?

And don't blame computers. It's just Windows that sucks.

If it didn't, you'd just copy your files and be done. Instead, with Windows you have to do all kinds of convoluted crap to migrate your full system from one drive to another. You even have to replace drives rather than just add them. :S

GilaMinumBeer 10-06-2008 07:32 PM

I have been quilty of just copying zipped up programs from drive to drive and then creating a shortcut to the .exe.

Why does a software HAVE to be installed to work? I haven't had any issues with doing this not even with updates. :)

Kevin Dean 10-06-2008 07:40 PM


Why does a software HAVE to be installed to work?
It doesn't, though a lot of applications specifically set registry values and things like license keys so that you can't move the application around.

They do this, more often than not, to force you to buy a new copy if your computing environment changes.

AnOldUR 10-06-2008 07:44 PM

Did you get a new PC (CP) and are trying to transfer everything to it or just a new hard drive? Either way they sell software to mirror your hard drive.


Originally Posted by Kevin Dean (Post 883272)
And don't blame computers. It's just Windows that sucks.

Nothing like a troll to help a guy out :(


Originally Posted by Kevin Dean (Post 883328)
What I did next was give one reason why Windows sucks

And that's real constructive too . . . .

k1v1116 10-06-2008 07:49 PM

Im not sure I completely understand what your asking but I hope something in this helps.

with windows programs install not just files to the hardrive but data into the windows registry some programs work fine without copying the registry data some wont work. when I reinstall windows I dont copy all the files just the stuff I need backed up (pics,favorites...) to a portable hardrive then drag everything into a new folder on the desktop when windows is back up, I sort of the details of what goes where later.
if you didnt copy all your old files to a new drive but are instead hooking your old harddrive up to a new PC you need to know the common locations of files you might want.
(will be some drive letter other than C)C:\Documents and Settings\"Your old user name"\Desktop - your old desktop
\Documents and Settings\"Your old user name"\My Documents - your old my docs folder
\Documents and Settings\"Your old user name"\Favorites - your favorites if you used internet explorer as a browser
\Documents and Settings\"Your old user name"\Application Data\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\qvpzvnyz.default(thi s folders name may vary slightly)\bookmarks.html - this file contains bookmarks from firefox
D:\Program Files - contains your old installed programs, as I said before some wont work with out a reinstall
if you use beersmith or promash make sure you find the folder that its installed in and copy over all your old recipes.

Kevin Dean 10-06-2008 07:55 PM


Nothing like a troll to help a guy out
I'm not trying to troll, I'm being pretty honest here. Firstly, I didn't know what he means by "a new CP" - I asked for clarification on that point.

What I did next was give one reason why Windows sucks - namely that data migration (as it seems the original poster is trying to do) is more difficult than it is on every other operating system I've ever used.

I don't mean to disrupt the conversation or present anyone here with bad information, so I think I'm pretty fairly not in "troll" mode here. :)

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