Each computer should include a 486 or faster processor, at least 16 megabytes of RAM, and 4 megabytes of available hard drive space.
Each of the two computers involved in the migration must be running Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows Me, Windows NT 4.0, Windows 2000, or Windows XP.
The operating system on the new computer should be the same or newer than the version on the old computer.
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You must be able to communicate over the Internet with our web site and e-commerce partner during the purchase and serial number validation process. These steps usually take only a minute or two to complete and can be performed using the old computer, the new computer, or some third computer (even one that is in another location). For details, see the section on Connectivity Issues in the Move Me FAQ.
Available Data Transfer Methods
- The two computers can communicate over a local area network (LAN) using the TCP/IP protocol (the protocol used for Internet communication).
- You can connect the computers with a parallel file transfer cable. (For information on obtaining the appropriate cable for two-way data transfer, click here.)
- You can connect the computers with a Laplink USB 1.1 or 2.0 file transfer cable. (For further information, click here.)
- If the two computers are in different locations or cannot communicate with each other directly over a network, your files can be transferred from the old computer to a third PC that functions as a "file server" using a LAN. When that transfer completes, the files can be transferred again, this time from the file server to the new computer.
- You can also use removable media (such as ZIP disks or CD-RWs) to transfer your data, provided that each computer has the capacity to read the disks. (For more information on the different types of removable media that can be used in a migration, click here.)