data transfer question

Discussion in 'Windows 8' started by potjevleesch, Apr 3, 2014.

  1. potjevleesch

    potjevleesch MDL Addicted

    Aug 7, 2010
    810
    69
    30
    I have an old HP laptop with W8.1 x64 which I have to replace. How can I transfer data to my new Asus (W8.1 x64 too) which has a very different hardware layout ?
    I thought of retrieving the old "file history" on to the new rig but I'm afraid it would copy files that would make it unstable to to the hardware differences.
    Any better idea ?
     
  2. Rock Hunter

    Rock Hunter MDL Senior Member

    Dec 6, 2011
    406
    99
    10
    Are you asking about transferring Windows and programs to the new computer? Or are you asking about transferring documents, photos, music, etc., to the new computer?
     
  3. potjevleesch

    potjevleesch MDL Addicted

    Aug 7, 2010
    810
    69
    30
    no only the users\my name\... directory
     
  4. cruxq

    cruxq MDL Junior Member

    Mar 31, 2010
    71
    23
    0
    Your profile directory can be copied/moved to the new machine just fine. That has no drivers or anything like that, it usually has data from stuff you installed though (like games/ apps and so on).
     
  5. pisthai

    pisthai Imperfect Human

    Jul 29, 2009
    6,721
    1,951
    210
    That's correct! But the user still have to install quite some apps to get everything working correctly. In the "Users" folder under the [user] is an hidden folder called AppData and on the C Drive is an hidden folder called ProgramData which both holding some important infos, include personal data. Copy those to an secure location on you new machine too, yoiu may will need some of that containing data.
     
    Stop hovering to collapse... Click to collapse... Hover to expand... Click to expand...
  6. potjevleesch

    potjevleesch MDL Addicted

    Aug 7, 2010
    810
    69
    30
    thank you all, I'm all set