Tom said:Thanks Halo. Yes, I use XP on all my machines. Haven't used the files and settings transfer wizard, but I'll check it out. Any reason you have to use it often, or are you merely using it as a backup utility?
I don't use the My Documents folder for any of my files, music, or digital images. They're all in other directories and, for the most part, backed up.
Im the network admin for the company I work for and do constant upgrades and computer replacements at our 4 offices. Of course everyone wants not just their data but everything else down to the wallpaper, shortcuts and icons on their desktop exactly the same. The Settings and Transfer Wizard is the best of both worlds in that it sets up the new computer (or new hard drive), right down to shortcuts on the desktop the same as the old one plus its on a fresh install of Windows on the new computer or the new hard drive in your case. Thats the thing I cant stress enuff....all the imaging and backup products just copy your existing installation of Windows with all its errors, problems and quirks. The files and settings transfer wizard blends all your old docs and settings into a brand new windows install. THATS cool!
If all yours docs are backed up thats perfect as the wizard will just have to copy email, email account settings and general configurations for your profile. And then you can manually add your documents back in yourself. The only limitation to this is you will have to set up your network, internet or dial up connections again as well as reinstalling your programs. Thats minor stuff though compared to getting the email, desktop and wallpapersettings just right, lol.
As soon as my users see their familiar desktop they tend to be happy campers. The rest is just minor details.