Windows Easy Transfer
One of the greatest challenges you face after purchasing a new computer is transferring personal files, e-mail, data files, media, and settings from your old computer to the new one. This process can be so complex, time-consuming, and daunting that people frequently request help from friends or relatives, and some never succeed in getting all their important data onto the new computer.
Windows Vista significantly simplifies this important process and makes transferring personal data easy and intuitive.
Windows Easy Transfer is a wizard that helps you transfer the data that is important to you, including:
Programs (applications) are not transferred.
You can easily transfer your entire user account or all user accounts on the computer, or you can make custom selections of the data and folders to transfer. Windows Easy Transfer provides a number of ways for you to connect two computers to transfer your data. These include:
An Easy Transfer Cable can easily connect two computers for data transfer. Plugging in the cable launches the wizard and gets the process going.
With all of these options, Windows Easy Transfer provides an ideal transfer solution for every type of user. Novice computer users looking to replace a Windows XP-based computer with a Windows Vista-based computer can use an Easy Transfer Cable and in a couple of clicks transfer all of their personal data. More advanced users can connect the new computer to their home networks and then select the specific folders, file types, and settings they want to transfer.
Windows Easy Transfer enables you to transfer data to Windows Vista-based computers from computers running Windows Vista, Windows XP, or Windows 2000. Transferring data to Windows Starter Edition 2007 is not supported, but existing users of Windows XP Starter Edition will receive guidance on performing a manual transfer.
source: Vista features