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Message from brandon.j.payne@svcc.edu


I am interested in hearing what you are using to transfer users files (and possibly other features) to a different computer. An example of this would be going from a x86 Win7 install to x64 to take advantage of new and faster hardware. We've already made the transition to Win7 from WinXP and moved/copied user files the manual and somewhat, long way. We have a checklist in step by step directions typed up of locations of files in which need to be manually copied to a network share (C:\Documents and Settings\User\whatever, C:\ etc.). Also places to check installed software (some managed, some not), printers, etc. It works OK, but very time consuming and ran across the occasional "cannot copy this file" Windows errors, which I used TeraCopy. We have student workers in which this process doesn't necessarily work all too well. The lack of following directions and the occasional folder with important files may be missed. I realize that I could very easily create a script to do some of this but like to hear what some others are using.

These are features that I am looking for:
-Copies user files
-Copies user software settings (if any)

I have briefly looked at Laplink PCMover. 

Is it worth buying software? Has the software increased productivity for you? Thanks!

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Brandon Payne
Technical Support Specialist
Sauk Valley Community College

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Have you looked into the USMT tool provided free by Microsoft? Sent from my iPhone
Message from seth.b.rogers@williams.edu

Brandon,

 

We use Windows Easy Transfer which is built in to Windows 7.  You use a special USB cable to connect the two computers directly.  You need to install the software on the XP machine.  It does files and settings.  It will remap printers but not copy printer drivers.   One advantage of this method is that it is really fast, moving 100+ GB of data is no problem.

 

We basically do the same on the Mac side with the built in Migration Assistant.

 

Seth

Director of Desktop Systems

Office for Information Technology

Williams College

 

I used LapLink PC Mover one summer when I had 70 faculty to upgrade to new computers by myself. It saved lots of time on the file transfer, but most of the software transferred wouldn’t work correctly and had to be uninstalled/reinstalled. I haven’t used it again.

 

Suzanne Gaynor

Director, Technology Resource Center

Hartwick College

gaynors@hartwick.edu

607-431-4670

 

Or Windows Easy Transfer. On 4/27/2012 5:52 AM, Rollins, George B. wrote: > Have you looked into the USMT tool provided free by Microsoft? > > Sent from my iPhone > >
Message from brandon.j.payne@svcc.edu

I have looked into the USMT tool and that was one that I was considering. I will give Windows Easy Transfer a try as this looks much easier. Thanks for the suggestions

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Brandon Payne
Technical Support Specialist
Sauk Valley Community College



Hello,

For those of you who are already using Symantec (Altiris) Deployment Solution, do you know of any quality training courses – preferably hands-on, off site?

Many Thanks,
Brady Gallese
Susquehanna University

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