It was time for an upgrade of my computer and this is my first blog post from my new Dell XPS with Vista. Vista wasn’t really what I wanted but Dell only offers a few models with an XP option these days and I wanted to get a quad processor to speed up photo and video editing. So, I thought I’d give it a try rather than spending time figuring if I could get all the drivers to reinstall XP on it.
I thought I’d give the “Easy Transfer” program a try which was supposed to make it easy to copy over my files and settings from my old XP computer to Vista. I tried copying over the network but after running it overnight, realized that something was messing up and it wasn’t going to do it. So, I then went to find an “Easy Transfer” cable which was a USB cable you hook between the old and new computer. I ran down to WalMart last night as they had the cable on their website but the Arroyo Grande store didn’t have it. I then went to Radio Shack, walked in, and was about half way into the store when a girl came up to me and told me they were closed. Since there were other people in the store I asked what time they closed and she said 8:30. My cell phone said 8:31 but I didn’t want to hassle trying to get her to let me just get the cable and buy it so I went to Office Max. They didn’t carry it either so I drove to Best Buy in SLO. They had the cable! I went home, tried the transfer overnight last night and when I checked this morning, it wasn’t doing any better than trying to update over the network.
So, I used an external hard drive, stored my Outlook settings and archive mails and transferred it this way. Luckily that worked!
There are other hiccups I ran into. I like my old keyboard better than the new one but the new Dell’s only have USB connectors on them now (no round keyboard connectors anymore). I was also surprised to find that they don’t ship computers with parallel ports on them anymore either. My black and white HP laser printer is a parallel printer.
Oh well…I know anytime you mess with computers you’re bound to run into something that takes 20x the amount of time you thought it was going to take.