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My sister bought a new PC. How can I transfer her files from XP to Vista from one PC to another?
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USB Stick? CD/DVD? Crossover cable? Network?

Depends what you have available and how much data there is.
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16 GB of data. I'm trying to do a network.
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Assuming you have them both connected to the same router and on the same subnet and everything, here is what you do:

On the XP computer, open My Network Places and run the "Network Setup Wizard". You can put in what ever you like for the workgroup, but make sure you check the box enabling file and print sharing! You will need to reboot your computer.

Next, on the Vista computer, open the Control Panel and click on Network and Internet, then on Network and Sharing Center. Make sure that Network discovery, file sharing and public folder sharing are all on, that public folder sharing does not say "(read only)" next to it, and that Password protected sharing is off. Then open the System menu (Right-click My Computer and click Properties) and under Computer name, domain and workgroup settings click Change settings. Under "Rename this computer" click Change, and type in the workgroup name you set on the XP computer, and reboot.

On the XP computer, open the Run box and type "\\\\*name*" where name is the name of the computer running Vista. Now, drag the files you want to copy to the Vista computer into one of the folders in the Public folder on the Vista computer.

Transferring 16 GB of data over a network will take a while, though, as throughput speeds on common home networks are only about 100Mbps (Thats BITS, not bytes ). Your best bet would be to get an external hard drive and copy the files with that.
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Assuming you have them both connected to the same router and on the same subnet and everything, here is what you do:

On the XP computer, open My Network Places and run the "Network Setup Wizard". You can put in what ever you like for the workgroup, but make sure you check the box enabling file and print sharing! You will need to reboot your computer.

Next, on the Vista computer, open the Control Panel and click on Network and Internet, then on Network and Sharing Center. Make sure that Network discovery, file sharing and public folder sharing are all on, that public folder sharing does not say "(read only)" next to it, and that Password protected sharing is off. Then open the System menu (Right-click My Computer and click Properties) and under Computer name, domain and workgroup settings click Change settings. Under "Rename this computer" click Change, and type in the workgroup name you set on the XP computer, and reboot.

On the XP computer, open the Run box and type "\\\\*name*" where name is the name of the computer running Vista. Now, drag the files you want to copy to the Vista computer into one of the folders in the Public folder on the Vista computer.

Transferring 16 GB of data over a network will take a while, though, as throughput speeds on common home networks are only about 100Mbps (Thats BITS, not bytes ). Your best bet would be to get an external hard drive and copy the files with that.
^^ What he said.

For 16GB it will take a while over the network. I haven't networked with Vista yet, but I assume you are right
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16GB depends on alot of things such as the LAN speed and HDD read/write speeds. With 10/100 it should take maybe 30-45 minutes. Personally I am disappointed with Vista's networking performance as I get completely destroyed bandwidth wise by my XP machines.
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Just hit "setup a local network" in both and follow the instructions. Same way its done with vista on vista and xp on xp transfers.
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thanks SoaDMTGguy nice guide. Cept i still cant find out how to turn off the password thing??

ps "licht you should delete your reply."
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