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What to do first.
  It is suggested that you create a directory on the old machine (C:\move) that you use as a place to put data files. This will give you a central location to put everything and the ability to find data that needs to be imported into applications in your new computer. To create this directory click on My Computer, Local Disk (usually (C:)).


  Then click on File, New, Folder


  Then usually at the bottom of the name column you will see a highlighted area called New Folder.


  Highlight the entry and then hit the delete key on your keyboard. This will clear the New Folder name out and allow you to type in move.


  Press the enter key and the new directory named move has been created

Locating Microsoft Office Documents
Before attempting to move Microsoft Office documents it is recommended that you check the locations of your files. If you frequently save your documents in a different place on your hard drive rather than the My Documents folder, it can get tiresome navigating through the folders on your hard drive. Fortunately, the default location where Microsoft Office applications, save your files can be easily checked. Open the applications and do the following from the application toolbar (see the Microsoft Word example):

Word 2002/XP/2003: Tools, Options, File Locations

PowerPoint 2002/XP/2003: Tools, Options, Save

Excel 2002/XP/2003: Tools, Options, General

Access 2002/XP/2003: Tools, Options, General
NOTE: Must open a blank database to do this...

Word 97: Tools, Options, File Locations

PowerPoint 97: Tools, Options, Advanced

Excel 97: Tools, Options, General

Access 97: Tools, Options, General



Moving Microsoft Word Documents
Use the following procedure to set the default location where MS Word is to save your files.

  1. From the Tools menu select Options.


Press the File Locations tab from the Options window.



  MS Word 2003.


Moving Microsoft Outlook .pst files
  Where do you find these files? You can always start by using your operating system's Search or Find command to locate the particular file types. On Windows 2000 or XP, you may need to use Tools | Folder Options | View in Windows Explorer and select Show hidden files and folders. Do a search for *.pst.


  Under Outlook 2000 and later versions, most files will be in a subfolder under the Application Data folder on your system, though the exact location of the Application Data folder can vary. On a Windows 98 system without individual user logins, look for \Windows\Application Data. On a Windows 98 system with individual user logins, look for \Windows\Profiles\<user name>\Application Data and \Windows\Profiles\<user name>\Local Settings\Application Data. On a Windows NT system, look for \Winnt\Profiles\<user name>\Application Data and \Winnt\Profiles\<user name>\Local Settings\Application Data. The Personal Folders .pst file on an NT system or a Windows 98 system with user profiles will be located by default in the second set of Application Data folders.

When using Windows 2000/XP, Outlook stores *.pst in C:\Documents and Settings\\Local Settings\Application Data\Microsoft\Outlook. All other Outlook configuration files are stored in C:\Documents and Settings\<user name>\Application Data\Microsoft\Outlook and cannot be moved.



Moving Microsoft Outlook Express files
Outlook Express does not make it that easy to backup or transfer messages and addresses,

On the old machine, the easiest way to locate Outlook Express' email store is to ask Outlook Express. Fire it up, and then in Tools, Options, on the Maintenance tab there's a button labeled Store Folder. Click that, and it will tell you the folder containing your email folder.

Copy the entire contents of that directory to the new computer

The address book we handle a little differently. Open up the address book, either from the accessories menu item on your Start menu, or by pressing Ctrl+Shift+B in Outlook Express. In the address book, select File, Export, and click on Address Book (WAB).... You can now select a location and filename for your address book to be placed. Again, you can copy it to the new computer.

Fire up Outlook Express on the new machine, and we'll just reverse the process.

Select File, Import, Messages.... Choose Microsoft Outlook Express 6 and press Next. Select Import mail from an OE6 store directory and press Next. Now on the next screen Browse to the location that you've placed the message store we saved from your old machine. Import and your messages should now be transferred.

The process for the address book is similar - even simpler. File, Import, Address Book..., select the address book we exported above, and import.

Finally, you'll want to configure your email accounts in Outlook Express to access your email account from your ISP.

For more help Check http://support.microsoft.com/kb/270670/EN-US/

How to move and back up Eudora files (Win)
Before moving or copying and Eudora files it is required that you completely exit Eudora. Copy the entire Eudora data directory (where your eudora.ini file is located) from the old computer onto the new computer

If you do not know where your Eudora data directory is and are currently running Eudora 6.2 or newer, you can find out by going to the Help, About Eudora menu. This information is listed in the About Window after the word Data:

To find out where you have Eudora installed for versions older than 6.2 you will have to search for the directory using Windows Search.

Next paste the directory from the source location to the destination and maintain the same directory path. For example, if Eudora was installed into the C:\Program Files\Qualcomm\Eudora directory on the old machine, you should paste the Entire Qualcomm folder (including the Eudora folder within) into the C:\Program Files directory on the new system which ensures that all files are properly updated.

Windows 2000 & XP Users

With Eudora installed under Windows 2000/XP, the default location to install the application is still under Program Files, but the data files are stored separately. Data files are kept in the 'User's Application Data folder' (typically 'C: \Documents and Settings\\Application Data\Qualcomm\Eudora', where is your Windows 2000 or XP computer login name).

The Windows 2000/XP Application Data folder most often has the hidden attribute. Which means you will not be able to view it by default in Windows Explorer or My Computer, unless you've configured those tools to display hidden objects. There are good reasons, why you might want to explore the folder where your Eudora data is stored; in particular, the email attachments that you've received are here, in the Attach subfolder (unless, of course, you've told Eudora to store attachments elsewhere). To make this easier, Eudora creates a shortcut to your Eudora data folder in the Application Data folder's parent folder, which is typically 'C: \Documents and Settings\.

If you are not able to do the above then you will need to copy the following files from your old Eudora directory to the new directory where you installed it.

Mailboxes: Everything with the .mbx extension and the corresponding files with .toc extensions. If you have an .mbx file with no .toc, Eudora will rebuild the table of contents from the mailbox file. Make sure that you rename mailboxes that have the same name on the new machine so you do not overwrite any existing data.

Spelling Dictionary files: If you have added, removed, or changed any words in the spelling dictionary you will want to move: usuggest.tlx, uignore.tlx, and uchange.tlx.

Folders: If you created any, these are directories with the .fol extension. Recreate the folders in your new Eudora and copy the contents over.

Nicknames: nndbase.txt and nndbase.toc files. If you created additional address books copy the Nickname folder which stores those address book files.

Signatures: If you created signatures copy the entire Sigs folder.

Filters: filters.pce Filters store the information for any personal mail filters which you have created.

Settings: eudora.ini This file stores your Registration code and email account information.

Stationery: Files with the .sta extension. If there are any files inside this folder, copy this entire folder.

Junk Training file: The UserJunkDB.txt stores the manual training of Junked and not Junked messages. This file is located in Eudora's plugin folder, in the folder that has the rest of your data files.

Recipient List: rcpdbase.txt file stores the list of entries for the recipient list.

History List: history.lst stores the email addresses of people you have recently sent email to.

Embedded: If there are any files inside this folder, copy this entire folder. These files are any images which have been embedded in the body of your emails.

Attachments: These are in the directory you specified under Tools:Options:Attachments. If this is just the 'Attach' subdirectory of Eudora, go ahead and move it to the new Eudora directory. If it is somewhere else, just go back into Tools: Options: Attachments and reassign it to the same directory.

NOTE ON MOVING ATTACHMENTS: Eudora marks the message with where it saved the attachment file at the time it was downloaded and decoded. If you later move a file to a different directory, you will not be able to launch that attachment from within the message in Eudora. You will have to launch the file manually from within Windows Explorer. So it is very important to maintain the correct directory structure if you wish to maintain the same functionality on both machines.

How to copy or move your data files in Money
To move or to copy a Money data file to a different directory or drive, follow these steps:
  1. Right Click Start, point to search for My Money.mny (is the default Money data file name).
  2. Move this file to the new computer


How to Move Mail Folders Between Two Computers that Are Running Outlook Express 5
To move mail folders between two computers that are running Outlook Express 5, follow these steps:
  1. NOTE: If you use identities, each user has their own mail folder.
  2. Copy or back up the mail folders to your backup media by using your own backup program or Microsoft Backup (MSbackup) that is included with the operating system.
  3. Create a folder called "Mail" (without quotation marks) on the computer that is receiving the transported mail folders.
  4. Restore or paste the mail folders into the Mail folder that you created. Note to include the Folders.dbx file when you copy from the first computer. This file is necessary for the import functions in Outlook Express.
  5. After you have moved all the mail folders, including the Folder.dbx file, to the second computer, use the import function in Outlook Express 5.
  6. Start Outlook Express 5.
  7. On the File menu, click Import, and then click Messages.
  8. Click Microsoft Outlook Express 5.
  9. Click Import mail from OE5 store directory, and then locate the mail folder that you created.
  10. When you are receive the prompt to select the mail folder that you want to import, click Import all of the Mail Folders listed. This merges e-mail messages into any of the default folders and creates all other folders that are not default on this computer.


How to transfer the list of favorites in Internet Explorer from my old computer to my new one without having to go through and add each one individually.

1) On your old computer, open Internet Explorer. Go to File and then Import and Export. The Import/Export Wizard will pop up.



2) Click Next on the first screen. We need to export your favorites so select Export Favorites and then Next. You will then be asked where you want to export files from. Favorites is already selected so hit Next again.



3) Now you have to choose the destination to export your favorites to. Choose Browse. The Select Bookmark File window will pop up. From the scroll down menu in Save In, choose a location you will remember and then Save. You'll revert back to the Import/Export wizard where the address you selected will appear as the address to export your favorites to. Select Next, Finish, and OK.



Now move the file over to the new computer! Remember where you saved it.

4) On your new computer now, open Internet Explorer. Go to File and then Import and Export. Once again the wizard will pop up.



5) Click Next on the first screen. On the second screen, make sure Import Favorites is selected and hit Next.



6) You have to give the source that you want the file imported from. Select Browse, your C drive, and the file that you saved your favorites as. Hit Save. Make sure the file address is right in the wizard and then select Next.



7) Favorites is already selected as the place that you want your file imported to. Select Next, Finish and OK



Your favorites are now available on your new computer. If you need to transfer your cookies as well, you do the same thing only you replace Export or Import Favorites with Export or Import Cookies.

On newer operating systems such as Windows 2000 and XP the export operation looks as follows.











Moving Data for Mozilla Thunderbird and Firefox:

The official Help documentation at mozilla.org describes procedures for Thunderbird and for Firefox whereby you can move your profile to another location and then simply point Thunderbird or Firefox to it through a simple edit of the "profiles.ini" file. This is much easier than Method 2, below, which requires more complex file editing. Some users have reported that the procedure sometimes does not work, however, and the failure may be caused by installed extensions and/or themes. [1] If you try this method and it doesn't work for you, see the Troubleshooting section below or try Method 2.

Initial testing seems to suggest that you can use this method to manually migrate a Mozilla Suite or Netscape 7 profile to Thunderbird, including all mail and account settings, but it may not work perfectly. To do so:
  1. Copy the entire contents of the Mozilla Suite/Netscape profile folder (ending in ".slt"), including all subfolders, to your desired location.
  2. Follow the procedure described here to edit your Thunderbird profiles.ini file accordingly.
  3. Shut down Thunderbird completely (File > Exit).
  4. Move the profile folder to the desired location. For example, on Windows, move the profile from C:\Documents and Settings\[username]\Application Data\Thunderbird\Profiles\xxxxxxxx.default to D:\Stuff\MyMailProfile. If you are reading these instructions because you want to restore a previously backed up profile, this step isn't necessary. Just note the current location of the profile you want to restore.
  5. Open up profiles.ini in a text editor. The file is located in the application data folder for Thunderbird:
    1. On Windows XP/2000, the path is %AppData%\Thunderbird\
    2. On Windows 95/98/Me, the path is usually C:\WINDOWS\Application Data\Thunderbird\
  6. In profiles.ini, locate the entry for the profile you've just moved. Change the Path= line to the new location.
  7. Change IsRelative=1 to IsRelative=0.
  8. Save profiles.ini and restart Thunderbird.
  9. When you restart Thunderbird, go to "Tools -> Account Settings" and for each account (including Local Folders), click on "Server Settings" and verify that "Local directory" is pointed to the correct location. If it isn't, then click on the "Browse" button to fix it. You may need to exit and restart Thunderbird for these changes to take effect.


To Export Netscape Bookmarks

Open the Bookmarks menu and choose Manage Bookmarks. In your Bookmarks window, open the Tools menu, and choose Export.




In the "Export bookmark file" box, choose a destination folder for your "bookmarks.html" file. I suggest putting it in "My Documents". Click Save.

Copy your settings from one installation of Opera to another

This article is also useful if you wish to copy your settings from one installation of Opera to another. When doing this, you should replace the corresponding folders and/or files in your new installation with the old ones. Always make sure Opera is closed while copying these files or foldersIt is recommended that you backup your files every now and then, both for Opera and for other software on your computer. This is a list of Opera files you might want to consider taking a backup of.

If you chose to "Use separate settings for each user" when installing Opera 7, all settings are kept separate for each user on systems that support this. In Windows 2000 and XP, this directory is:

    C:\Documents and Settings\username\Application Data\Opera

If your system does not support multiple users or you chose to not install Opera with separate user settings, all files and directories are located in the profile directory, which is a sub-directory of your Opera installation directory.

You can also find out where Opera stores your settings by going to the Help > About Opera menu.

Files to back up
Description Filename
Bookmarks opera6.adr
Contacts contacts.adr
Notes notes.adr
Personal certificates opcert6.dat
Certificate authorities opcacrt6.dat
Wand data wand.dat

Directories to back up
Description Filename
Mail mail\
Sessions - saved windows sessions\
Skins skin\
Plug-ins (Windows version) Program\plug-ins\
Keyboard configuration keyboard\
Mouse configuration mouse\
Menu configuration menu\
Toolbar configuration toolbar\

The file "opera6.ini" (see Help > About Opera for the correct location) contains your general Opera settings, such as cache and plug-in information. It is not recommended that you copy this file from a computer to another, as it contains a lot of paths that may be specific to your computer.

Important note for users of the e-mail client in Opera 7, M2:

Using 7.0x: If you wish to restore your mail from backup, please open the file index.ini in your Mail directory and make sure the paths defined there are correct. You can do a "search and replace" with any text editor and save the file. This is necessary for Opera to correctly locate the stored mail.

Using 7.10 or newer: It is not necessary to edit paths manually after 7.10, if you move your mail directory.
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