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I am trying to help my cousin, he bought a new prebuilt computer and has an old dell desktop tower. He has windows vista on the old one and the new comp comes with 8.1. We dont have an external HDD, or enough blank CD/DVDR's, as well as no data cable to go from computer to computer.

What would be the easiest way to backup, restore, and keep files like Microsoft office (came on the dell) his documents, pictures, video, music, etc. I have copied and pasted most of it on a USB, as well as the microsoft office program files, but i don't know if that will work.

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I am trying to help my cousin, he bought a new prebuilt computer and has an old dell desktop tower. He has windows vista on the old one and the new comp comes with 8.1. We dont have an external HDD, or enough blank CD/DVDR's, as well as no data cable to go from computer to computer.

What would be the easiest way to backup, restore, and keep files like Microsoft office (came on the dell) his documents, pictures, video, music, etc. I have copied and pasted most of it on a USB, as well as the microsoft office program files, but i don't know if that will work.

Help?

You could use dropbox.com as a cloud storage, but concerning the microsoft office, you could only have 1 program, not multiple you need to purchase a new MS office and Vista MS office is outdated by now "outdated" as in 2013 version exists now after the 2010 and 2007 version.

You really did do the simpliest method which was to backup all the data to a USB, program wise you cant do anything about it (that I know of, someone correct me if I am wrong)
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You could use dropbox.com as a cloud storage, but concerning the microsoft office, you could only have 1 program, not multiple you need to purchase a new MS office and Vista MS office is outdated by now "outdated" as in 2013 version exists now after the 2010 and 2007 version.

You really did do the simpliest method which was to backup all the data to a USB, program wise you cant do anything about it (that I know of, someone correct me if I am wrong)

The built-in backup program in Windows is designed to restore a backup made on the very same O.S. The backup created is not for O.S. migration.

So if you have Windows Vista and create a system backup of it, you can only use it for restoring program and files to a Windows Vista computer. It won't restore on a Windows 8 computer.
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