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Saving my favorites from old drive to new drive?

Last response: in Windows 7
May 29, 2012 2:56:53 PM

i got a newly built system with windows 7 pro and i want to transfer my favorites from my old system with windows XP. can it be done? or can i install the old drive into the new system and leave windows XP on it, that is the question?

a b $ Windows 7
May 29, 2012 3:16:33 PM

85bj60 said:
transfer my favorites from my old system
What are you talking about there?
Music? Photos? Weblinks?
May 29, 2012 3:38:40 PM

my accumulated web-links!
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May 29, 2012 3:48:33 PM

If your old OS is Windows XP the can be found in the "C:\Documents & Settings\(profile name)\favorites" You can either copy the folder and merge it with the folder in Windows 7 found at "C:\users\(profile name)\Favorites" or copy the contents of the folder and paste them into the favorites folder in Windows 7.

a b $ Windows 7
May 29, 2012 5:49:24 PM

You should be able to Export your weblinks from your web browser to a file and Import them into the same web browser in your Win7 installation.

You can attach your WinXP HDD as extra storage drive to the new system. As such it will not be bootable and you won't be able to run WinXP and its installed programs.

But you could setup a dual boot setup, giving yourself a choice of running WinXP or Win7. The WinXP installation won't have the correct drivers for the new hardware but you can probably find WinXP drives for your new parts and work around that.

If you want more info on that dual boot option let us know.

May 29, 2012 11:11:36 PM

ok, seems to be doable so i'll give it a whirl!

May 30, 2012 12:06:31 AM

Why don't you just run windows easy transfer wizard if you still have the XP computer operational since that will save everything into one backup file that you can load on the 7 computer which keeps all your settings such as background icons on desktop, etc.. the same.
May 30, 2012 12:29:46 AM

i've installed the HDD and playing with it at the moment. it never crossed my mind about the transfer, good point! can i still do it while the drive is in the new system?

May 30, 2012 12:47:01 AM

If you can boot into windows XP on the new computer somehow without reinstalling it you can. You might have to run the windows recovery stuff from the XP disc because XP was pretty crappy when it came to switching out parts and working.
May 30, 2012 12:47:25 AM

If you already have it in the system jsut find your profile in c:\documents and settings\ and copy it. this will grab your old my documents folder pictures movies as well as your favorites.

May 30, 2012 1:29:29 AM

ok, i see c: documents and settings! i copy it and paste it where? in the other C: documents and settings? sorry for the dumb questions as i do not want to make a blunder and cry out foolishly for help! i have some other programs that i could still use from the older drive, it started with the favorites of the browser but ending with the the whole works!

May 30, 2012 1:55:34 AM

just copy it to your desktop as you dont want to over write your windows 7 profile then you will move the favorites to your new favorites directory

May 30, 2012 4:06:20 AM

by copying the file to the desktop my SSD got filled up quickly. not something i wanted to do. i'll make the old computer functional again as the wife needs it soon. i'll uninstall everything on the new computer and start from scratch. i'll be playing close attention on the drive designation as i go.

thx everyone for their help,
a b $ Windows 7
May 30, 2012 6:30:30 AM

If it had been clear you were working with a SSD on the new system you might have gotten slightly different advice. Im guessing most probably thought it was a 500GB HDD.
May 30, 2012 12:36:13 PM

my wrong on not specifying the drive arrangement. live and learn process!