Before getting a new computer, most people want to make sure they get everything they really need off of their old computer. This can mean:
- Documents (including presentations, spreadsheets, etc)
- Songs and Videos
- Web page Bookmarks (Favorites)
In practice, this usually means clearing a bunch of stuff off your Desktop.
Documents and Pictures:
Move all these items to your “My Documents” folder (or a subfolder inside it). My Documents actually “lives” on a UVM server, so it is accessible from every computer you log on to.
Tip: Drag and drop items to your My Documents folder to copy them there. Hold down the shift key when you drag and drop in order to move items there instead.
Songs and Videos:
By nature, these are large files. Consider moving these items to a portable storage device like a CD, DVD, or USB drive. Otherwise, you may find you exceed your “My Documents” storage quota.
If you need to bring your website bookmarks with you, follow these instructions:
- For Mozilla: Export Firefox bookmarks to an HTML file to back up or transfer bookmarks
- For Internet Explorer: Export Favorites
- For Google Chrome: Export Bookmarks
…But ask yourself, do your bookmarks contain anything you couldn’t find with a 20-second Google search?
A Note About Contacts (or Address Books)
As of April 2016, everyone at UVM is using Microsoft Exchange (Outlook) for email. If this includes you, then you don’t need to worry about transferring your email addresses: they will be waiting for you when you get there. Magic.