During the holidays there may be a new addition to your home – A new computer!

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Everyone loves getting a new PC. Why not? It's exciting and fun. However, there are a few things you might want to do before you plug it in and start surfing the web. These good practices include backing up data, and a few other ideas to help make the migration to your new system as seamless as possible.

The first thing you want to do to your New PC involves taking a good thorough look at your current PC. Do you want any of the programs or data? Should you back it up or just leave it? Only you can decide what you want to bring over to the new PC. There is a big difference between moving data and programs. In most cases you can simply burn the data to CD or a portable hard drive. With programs, on the other hand, you must have the original uninstalled program unless you have some 3rd party program that can perform this operation.

You may want to transfer a lot of data to the new PC, like your favorite images, documents, music, videos, favorites, etc. The easiest way to perform this migration for the average end-user is to simply burn the data (not programs) to disk. When doing this, you must stay extremely organized and label everything clearly enough that the label will be meaningful even months or years from now. Once you get everything you want on disk, you should be able to save the disks' contents onto to the new PC easily. Keep the disks as a complete backup in case of disaster.

You can't just copy the application file out of your Programs folder and paste onto a disk to be moved to the new PC. When Programs are installed, they get scattered all over your system, files here and there. The program files look nothing like they did before the install. For this reason you need the original uninstalled version of the program, which usually means installing from the original CD/DVD or burning a new uninstalled download to CD/DVD. Get all your programs together with any serial numbers and put them together with the data you saved from Step 1 in a safe place until needed.

If the program was a downloaded from the web, you'll need that original uninstalled download. You can take all of the downloads you can fit onto a CD and burn them together. When you're ready to start installing programs on your new system, you will be able to do so quickly and offline. Don't forget about device drivers! You're going to need those to properly use any of your old hardware (printers, scanners, cameras, etc.) with the new system. 

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