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January 24, 2006

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Rudi

Interesting list, just wanted to make 1 addition:

Windows XP Files and Settings Transfer Wizard

I received my new machine, a 'transportable' wide-screen super duper Dell D810...

So I copied over all of my data, the old fashioned way, but I decided to make an attempt of using the Windows XP Files and Settings Transfer Wizard. So I ran it on my old computer, copied over the data, and turned in the old machine. I then started the FaSTW on my new machine only to get the following error message (and this is a normal MessageBox):

"Your migration store was created with a previous verion of Files and Settings Transfer Wizard. Please collect your settings using the current version of the Files and Settings Transfer Wizard. It is available on the Windows XP CD under Perform Additional Tasks. You can also create a wizard disk by running the wizard on your Windows XP computer."

Now, I'm not sure what the point of having this wizard is, if it is not going to be backwards compatible with itself! So in between some service packs or what not (I had both machines on all the latest versions from Windows Update), is it really that hard to detect that the version is different and at least provide the option to restore the information from the file available? Sure, maybe the new version can backup/restore even more data or even better, who knows? (I sure don't... ) But is that a reason to discard the work the user has done? This is soooo old school programming... just pop up an error message, it might as well have been 'Error 3409983498: unable to comply'

Again another tool in Windows you cannot trust to do 'it right'.

arnold coley

I ran across the same problem, microsoft said they had a hotfix for it, it did not work, to make a long story short, I now have ao gb of data I cannot restore, and the machine i saved it from is gone! microsoft does suck a lot. occasionally they do things right, but for damn sure not this time.

Blu

This backup tool for outlook may be useful to flatteners:
http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/assistance/HA010875321033.aspx

effectus

WOW

I'm amazed. What a beautiful post, I can literally smell the blood and tears shed while constructing it.

And it's so much what I was looking for! Funny there are only 3 comments - prbably because it is so complete :-)
Glad Google found it easily. Way to go Michael, thanks heaps!

eve isk

I ran across the same problem, microsoft said they had a hotfix for it, it did not work, to make a long story short, I now have ao gb of data I cannot restore, and the machine i saved it from is gone! microsoft does suck a lot. occasionally they do things right, but for damn sure not this time.

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