Transferring Personalized Settings to A New PC



The following instructions explain, more or less, how to transfer settings from an old PC to a new one. The instructions assume you have access to disk drives on both PCs at the same time. The transfer of settings for WordPerfect and TextPad, however, require more than simply file access. You need to run applications on the old PC.

Microsoft Products
Microsoft products save all their customization data in a set of folders that you can easily copy to your new PC.
TextPad
See TextPad Help Contents, How To, Customize, How to Transfer Preferences Between PC's for complete information. Note that any tools will refer to the path used on the old PC. The new PC, especially if it contains upgraded software, may use a different path to various applications. In brief, here is the transfer process:
  1. Keyboard definitions, clip libraries, syntax files, and macros: Move the [InstallFolder]\Textpad 5\USER folder to [InstallFolder]\Textpad 5\ on your new PC.
  2. Preference settings: Export the "HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Helios\TextPad 5" registry branch (entries) into a text file and import into the registry on the new computer. This works nicely.
Optional Changes and Comments
Other Changes
Additional changes to windows needed to move all your settings to the new PC:
  • Favorites. Make sure to copy your favorites from your old computer to the same place on your new computer. Your favorites include all your internet links.
  • Personal Files. Don't forget any personal files you may have stored in nonstandard places on your PC. For example, some tax programs store tax return information under its location in Program Files rather than under My Documents.
  • Custom Dictionary. Note that the custom dictionary—all the names and other words you've added to your dictionary—is stored in the Proof folder in Application Data, described above. Don't forget to copy that file to the same location on your new PC.
  • Windows Explorer Font. To chagne the font or size in Explorer windows, right-click on the desktop and choose Properties, move to the Appearance tab, and then click Advanced. From the Item drop down list select Icon and then choose a font and size. Active windows may not update immediately.
  • Windows Explorer Default Actions. To change my default action for folders from within Explorer, open View, Options, File Types, and edit the type "Folder." Click on "open" or "explorer from here" and then click on Set Default.
  • Maxthon. For Maxthon users, copy the contents of C:\Program Files\Maxthon. This folder contains most of the settings, groups, plugins, rss feeds, and so on. Then reinstall Maxthon. It will maintain the current settings, those from the old PC, and ensure that Maxthon will run without error.
    Helpful Programs
    Additional software that may improve efficiency or otherwise make your day easier:
  • Ninotech Path Copy. Path Copy allows users to copy file names and paths in several different formats in a cascading context menu. It's a very nice little program. Download pathc400, or the latest version, from http://home.worldonline.dk/ninotech/ and install.
  • Mmm+. This little program allows customization of context menus in Explore, Internet Explorer, and some other programs. It's a great little addition, as it allows you to move many of the less-frequently used options to a submenu. See the Mmm web page fro more information.
  • PocketKnife Peek. This little add-on to Outlook allows you to view e-mails that may contain spam or a virus without fear of executing the virus or sending a return receipt. See the PocketKnife Peek web page.
  • ACDSee Suite. The ACDSee Suite provides an excellent image viewer that will display and convert between numerious image formats. The suite comes with a number of helpful tools that allow you to rotate, reduce, or edit photos or other images. This is an inexpensive package but not supported by ORI's IT staff. For more information, visit the ACDSee site.
  • Adobe Acrobat. Who doesn't have an Acrobat Reader? Acrobat is quickly becoming a necessity for anyone who needs to send documents because it allows any recipient to read documents that may otherwise require specific software (e.g., Excel, WordPerfect, Crystal Reports, etc.).
    WordPerfect
    WordPerfect defines its toolbars and keyboard settings in the default template. To recover toolbars, find your default template on your old PC and copy it to the new PC in the default template folder. If upgrading to a new version of WordPerfect, copy the toolbars from the old template to the new one.
    1. Find the default template on the old PC. On the old PC, open the File Settings dialog. The Template settings will show the default template folder and the full path and name of the default template itself. Note the name and path of the old template.
    2. Find the default template on the new PC. Follow the same procedure as in step 1. Note the name and path of the new template.
    3. Close WordPerfect.
    4. Copy the old template to the new PC. Copy the old default template into the template folder on the new PC.
    5. If upgrading to new version of WordPerfect, copy toolbars and keyboard. Open WordPerfect and select Settings and then Customize (Tools menu). Under Toolbars, press the Copy button. Select the old template to copy from, the specific toolbar(s) to copy, the new template to copy to, and click Copy. Then show and arrange toolbars as needed. Copy the Keyboard the same way.


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