How to transfer files from XP to Vista FAQs

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Will this work with Windows 98 and ME?

The method we describe here only works when you’re transferring from an XP computer to a Vista one. If you're using an earlier operating system, you'll have to manually back up files on to CD or DVD, and then copy them on to the new computer.

Vista requires more power from your computer than XP. You should bear this in mind before installing Vista on your existing computer. Vista Home Premium requires: 1GHz processor, 1GB RAM, 40GB hard drive and 128MB graphics memory with DirectX 9 support.

My cable didn’t come with any software – what should I do? 

You can download the Windows Easy Transfer software for Windows XP from Microsoft’s website

Can I use Windows Easy Transfer without an Easy Transfer cable? 

Yes. When you’re asked if you have an Easy Transfer cable, select 'No' and you will have the option to choose different ways to connect, such as a network. 

How do I start Windows Easy Transfer manually on my Vista computer? 

You’ll find it in Start > All Programs > Accessories > System Tools

Microsoft released a Beta version of Windows 7, the operating system that will replace Windows Vista, in January 2009, though it isn't expected to be rolled out until late 2009. Read the Which? first look review of Windows 7 here.