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June 29, 2010
1:39 PM
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Wheezer said:

 

As for transfering files to your new computer, I have one word for ya: Dropbox.

Put Dropbox on both computers and your swapping files will be so easy you'll be shocked. IMO it's much less hassle than using an external drive. But that's just me, others may not agree.


 

Thanks Wheezer Smile

OK, looked into drop box thingie.

Question. 1.

By putting it on both machines, then where will the files actually be? I take it the files are dropped in the box (like one big folder) and then you can sync the files from the vista  machine to the dropbox on the 7 machine?

2. These are data files only right?  NO programs?

I am going very slow so that once I get it all set up. I will KNOW what I got and how I got it there.  LaughLaughLaugh

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June 29, 2010
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ebony said:

What you just said…


Well, you can put anything into your Dropbox as long as it's within 2GB. Go try it! Wink

 

~Joji~

June 29, 2010
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You can install programs into it, but their registry entries won't be synced so they probably won't work.  You can get around that by using portable apps whenever possible.

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June 29, 2010
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Locutus said:

You can install programs into it, but their registry entries won't be synced so they probably won't work.  You can get around that by using portable apps whenever possible.


Stealing that idea from my review eh.Wink I use My Dropbox to actually keep my Keepass portable and all my portable browses on. It means that if i want (since the portable versions are there ready) i could uninstall there normally installed cousins and use the portable versions instead. Firefox for example, i am using Google Chrome a lot now and am beginning to use portable firefox more than the installed version of firefox, so i may remove it soon and just keep the portable one.Laugh
Difficult, to be sure…..but it shall be done!!
June 29, 2010
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Conn09 said:

I use My Dropbox to actually keep my Keepass portable and all my portable browses on.

 


That reminds me! I remember there was an article on how you can hack your Dropbox to organize and keep your stuff safe.

 

Haha, I sure love MaximumPC! Here are the links:

http://www.maximumpc.com/artic…..like_a_pro

http://www.maximumpc.com/artic…..bout_dropb

 

The first one is the article from my magazine, and the secound one are other useful hacks for Dropbox. 

 

Now I know some people here doesn't know the difference between good and back hacks. So for those who don't know, good hacks are hacks that doesn't harm others or damage, and bad hacks are the opposite.

 

~Joji~

June 29, 2010
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Either Lifehacker stole the list from MaximumPC or MaximumPC stole the list from Lifehacker.  Then again, it's the internet, it's not stealing, it's sharing. Laugh

EDIT: here's a post from April that covers a lot of MaximumPC's stuff from 5 months prior:

http://lifehacker.com/5527055/the-cleverest-ways-to-use-dropbox-that-youre-not-using

EDIT 2: Here's a post from September:

http://lifehacker.com/5358983/use-dropbox-for-more-than-just-file-syncing

It looks like MaximumPC took LH's list, added extras, and LH stole it back.

Oh, the site that was :(
June 29, 2010
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As far as programs are concerned, I will just re install each one, that will give me a chance to see the ins and out of W7.

I am not into the hacking etc.

I kept all my installers on my external. I think I was told that by someone on here and I conducted myself accordingly.Wink

So I think I am off to a good start.

Got my email/.pst file and I am going to do a new install on all the programs.

Sounds good to me.LaughLaughLaugh

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June 29, 2010
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They aren't much of a hack, they are like "tricks"… legit/legal tricks.Smile

 

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July 8, 2010
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I am still moving slowly and trying to learn as I go. I had a thought the other day of being able to get all the serial #s and regs code, for the SW and HW (if possible), however all I have been able to find is SW for getting Windows programs.

 

Any suggestions?

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July 10, 2010
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@ebony – to answer an earlier question, if the program states that it is compatible with Vista and Win7, there's no reason to run it in compatibility mode. That is mainly for an XP only program that you want to install and run on a Win7 machine.

Sounds like you are off to a good start. Since you have all of your installers (and hopefully their keys), it shouldn't be any trouble to re-install them on the new Win7 PC.

As for your data files, you could use Dropbox as mentioned above or the Windows Easy Transfer. I'm not sure if WET allows you to do this or not, but you may be able to use a cat5 (LAN) cable to connect the two PCs together directly and then transfer files between them. This would be much faster than Dropbox or using an external drive in between the two PCs.

July 10, 2010
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Thanks Karen Smile

I do have a cat5 cable and I think that is the route I am going.

I was just trying to make sure I took the path of least resistance so that I would not get myself into something I did not understand.

As for Dropbox, I do plan to use it, just for convenience of having it if I ever need it for anything.

Thanks for the the tip on the compatibility issue, did not know that and that kind of info is GCS worthy.Wink

Still looking for a program that will get my serial/reg # for me. I do have most of them saved in email and a word doc. Just thought that would be a nice program to have.

 

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July 10, 2010
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Unfortunately, different programs store their keys in different spots, so I don't know of any programs that gather all of them. You are probably better off looking through your emails, etc to find the keys and then if there is a specific program you really need and don't have the key saved, then google to see where that particular program stores its keys.

My personal way of storing keys is on the drive I put all of my installers, I put each installer in its own directory and add a regkey.txt file to that directory where I put the key from the email, etc. That way, I always have them in the same place.

July 10, 2010
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http://cogizio.org/operating-systems/windows/971

:D

It works for some programs….

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July 10, 2010
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karen said:

My personal way of storing keys is on the drive I put all of my installers, I put each installer in its own directory and add a regkey.txt file to that directory where I put the key from the email, etc. That way, I always have them in the same place.


 

Ditto. Saves a lot of hassles. What's that saying about great minds thinking alike? Wink

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July 10, 2010
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After trying a few different ways of keeping license key codes where I could find them, I ended up setting up a folder just for that purpose. I make a new Word document for each program and put the code, download link, and any other info I think is important on the Word document.

Then I save that document into the licence key code file.

That way they're all in one place when I need one.

Like everything else tho, it comes down to what works best for you. Cool

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July 10, 2010
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I store all my keys in a text file. If you ever want to destroy my life, hack my computer and steal that text file.

Crap, did I say that outloud?

July 10, 2010
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Ashraf said:

I store all my keys in a text file. If you ever want to destroy my life, hack my computer and steal that text file.

Crap, did I say that outloud?


You did, and that actually is a good idea Laugh  What programs' keys are in the file?
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July 10, 2010
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Ashraf said:

I store all my keys in a text file. If you ever want to destroy my life, hack my computer and steal that text file.

Crap, did I say that outloud?


Yes you did sir… yes you did. I do the same thing. I type all my keys' on notepad, then encrypt it with WinUtilities' encryption tool so no one can view them. Very paranoid.
July 10, 2010
5:45 PM
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phoenix_rising said:

karen said:

My personal way of storing keys is on the drive I put all of my installers, I put each installer in its own directory and add a regkey.txt file to that directory where I put the key from the email, etc. That way, I always have them in the same place.


 

Ditto. Saves a lot of hassles. What's that saying about great minds thinking alike? Wink


Count me in.

 

*But something to think about: Having a specific software that can retrieve all the license keys on your machine… Me personally, that's a program I don't want to know is out there. Major security issue. That's probably why you can't find any. The ones that do exist, they simply retrieve the info already stored in the registry.

… Something to think about.

July 10, 2010
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@Gioneo

But aren't most of the "key" are encrypted or something so you can't move it from PC to PC? I'm not sure… btw, where would the keys be stored?

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