All the time I get people calling the shop asking how to perform a computer to computer file transfer. The age old question of how to transfer files from one computer to another is not really a hard one.  Like everything else there are many different ways to go about doing it.  We will cover several of them in this article and hopefully you find one that works best for you.

Depending on what type of computer to computer file transfer you need done will determine what the best method is for you.  For instance lets say you have an old computer that has 98,Me,2000,XP, vista and you want to transfer the files to your new Vista computer.  You need to ask your self a few common questions.  Will you need to transfer any programs over as well?  If you need to transfer not only documents and files but also programs then you will need to use specialized software to transfer over those programs as well.  Laplink PCmover is the only program I know of that will transfer not only files and user settings but also programs.

If you have a router and just want to copy over files from the old system then the simplest way is to setup a network.  To do this all you have to do is ensure both systems are on the same work group.  Click the windows start button and then right click on “My Computer”  also known as “Computer” in Vista and select properties.  Now under the  “Computer Name” tab click the change button and ensure that you name both computers the same work group name.  Now reboot.  On the system you want to grab files from open up My Computer and right click on the C: drive.  Share the entire contents.  You will get a warning about sharing entire drives.  Just hit Ok because we are just going to share it long enough to grab all the data off.

Now on the system you want the files placed go to Network places in the control panel and view workgroup connections.  Now browse to were your files are stored and copy and paste them over to where ever you want.

Computer to computer file transfer using Windows File Transfer

All XP and vista system have a file transfer wizard.Browse to All Programs > Accessories > System Tools >  File and settings transfer wizard.  The wizard if very straight forward.  You will have options of transferring files over the network, onto another hard drive, onto a disc, over the network.  The wizard is very easy to use but if you do not have a network setup already or you want to transfer programs over then once again I would just use PCmover from Laplink.  The software also comes with a free transfer cable that most places sell for around 30 bucks.

The last method is simply manually picking and choosing the files you want and then bringing them over to the PC of your choosing.  Many people just burn the files to a disk or copy them over to jump drive or USB hard drive.

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