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Celeste StewartWhen I purchased my Vista laptop, I too had to copy files from an XP machine to Vista. In my case, I already had a small wireless home network so all I needed to do was connect the laptop to the network and copy files from my XP machine to the laptop. I did have to turn on file sharing for my XP's hard drive and make sure it was visible on the network but once done, it was a simple matter of copying from files from one computer to the next. Granted, it took some time but it was easy. If you have a network, you can do something similar.

If not, other options are available. If you have XP Service Pack 2, you can use Microsoft's Windows Easy Transfer tool to transfer files as well as settings to your new Vista computer. First, you'll need to download the Windows Easy Transfer tool from Microsoft and install it on to your Windows XP computer. Your Vista computer already has the necessary software installed.

Once installed, you will need a transfer method. Available methods include: a USB Easy Transfer cable connecting both computers, a network connection, a USB flash drive or external hard drive, or a recordable CD or DVD.

One advantage of using the Windows Easy Transfer tool over copying and pasting files from one computer to the next is that you can also transfer user settings such as user accounts, e-mail accounts and settings, Internet favorites, and other settings and preferences. Best of all, you can transfer music files including playlists and album art.

Once you have the software installed and a transfer method ready to go, you will need to start the software on the new computer and tell it "This is my new computer." Sounds silly but it's important that the software understands the source and destination. You can find the Easy Transfer tool by clicking Start, Programs, Accessories, System Tools, Windows Easy Transfer. Follow the prompts to get started.

Next, go to your old machine and navigate to the file called migwiz.exe (you will have created this on your Vista machine) and double click it. Follow the prompts. Microsoft has detailed instructions posted in their Vista Migration Step-by-Step Guide should you need further help.

While getting the music files from one computer to the other is fairly easy, getting them to play is another matter. If you have music files that have DRM (Digital Rights Management) licenses, they may not play at all! For example, if you purchased albums with licenses restricting playback to your local computer only, the DRM won't necessarily recognize your new computer as being a replacement computer. This restriction is designed to stop music piracy but can be frustrating when replacing computers. You may be able to solve this buy contacting the music store and explaining the situation. I had a similar issue with music I purchased from Wal-Mart music and they issued me new licenses. However, I had no luck with Sony Connect music.

Hopefully, you'll transfer your music files over and have no further issues.

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How to Transfer Music from CDs to Your Computer

If you want to burn a mix CD, transfer songs to your MP3 player or simply listen to your favorite albums while you're at your computer, you'll need to transfer the files to your hard drive. Even if you're accustomed to using your CD-ROM drive as a CD player, you'll find that "ripping" (transferring) the files to the hard drive is easier.

The first thing that you'll need is a media player. If you run Windows XP, you already have Windows Media Player on your hard drive. Some people don't like this software: there are plenty of free alternatives. You can even play your CDs through song-download services like iTunes. These are also free, so download and try a few different things to get an idea of what works best for you.

Once you find the player that you like, connect to the Internet and put your CD in the CD-ROM drive. You need to be online so the player can consult Internet databases for artist, track and album information. Otherwise, you'll probably need to manually enter all this information. Being online saves you a lot of time and effort.

Your media player should have a clearly-labeled option for ripping/transferring your files. Before you hit this button, check the program's options menus to find out where the song files will be stored. You'll need this information to transfer files to your MP3 player, burn a mix CD or even add the files to the player's media library in some cases.

There is also the question of sound quality. Newer versions of Windows Media Player have a WMA file type that claims to be "lossless." In plain language, this simply means that you won't be able to tell any difference in the sound quality. The WMA file will sound just as good to your ears as the CD does.

That file type, however, takes up a ton of space. If you have a huge hard drive or a massive MP3 player, you might consider ripping CDs to this format.

Otherwise, you can rip the files as MP3s or WMAs. Go to the program's "rip" menu or screen and look for options. You should be able to tell the program what file type and quality you want.

You should note, however, that not all MP3 players will handle WMA files. This is particularly true of older players and the less-expensive brands that are currently on the market. Read your player's instruction manual to find out which file types the device can handle.

Feel free to experiment with different file types and quality levels. You can always delete the files you don't like and rip that CD all over again.

Once the player has ripped your files, eject the CD and put it away. You won't need the disc again unless your computer crashes or you reformat the hard drive.

Now you can listen to your favorite music without your CDs. Most media players have advanced options such as equalizer settings and playlist editors. Check the software's help files for information on these features. They're usually easy to use and worth the effort - especially if you have a massive CD collection ripped to the hard drive and need some help organizing the songs.

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