Which method should I use to transfer my files and settings?
There are several choices. Be sure to choose a method that works on both computers. For example, if you do not have a DVD drive on your old computer, you cannot use DVDs for this procedure. Note that floppy disks cannot be used with Windows Easy Transfer.
Easy Transfer Cable
An Easy Transfer Cable is a specially designed USB cable that can connect two computers and be used with Windows Easy Transfer. It is one of the simplest ways to transfer files and settings to your new computer and works with Microsoft Windows 2000, Windows XP, and Windows Vista.
Note: A standard USB cable cannot be used to transfer files and settings between computers.
Connect both computers to your network, start Windows Easy Transfer on the new computer, and then follow the instructions.
DVDs or CDs
Install Windows Easy Transfer on your old computer, and then choose what to transfer. The more you choose to transfer, the more discs you might need.
USB flash drive or external hard disk
Install Windows Easy Transfer on your old computer, and then choose what to transfer. If you transfer using a flash drive, try to use one with enough storage space for the entire transfer.
Note: To decide what method to use, consider how much you are transferring. If you are transferring everything from all users or all of your user account files, or if you select many files while making a custom selection of which files and settings to transfer, an Easy Transfer Cable or a network is a good option because the transfer can take a while and you will not have to worry about having enough room for everything. If you are only transferring a few files or folders, then consider using removable media such as CDs, DVDs, or a flash drive, any of which might be as fast as using an Easy Transfer Cable or a network.
Note: This information provided by Microsoft.