Van Canna wrote:
When ordering on the phone, I was assured that this is a ‘no lifting a finger’ service, whereby the technician dispatched to my home, will remove the old system from my cabinet, open the boxed new system, install it and do all files and SETTINGS transfer from my ’98 to the new one, with no gig limits.
Does that sound plausible?
On the computer:
Sounds like a nice setup. It should serve you well.
Hardware looks good. However,
I won't comment on the price you paid.
Value differs for each of us.
Yes, in theory, it is possible, but remember, "settings" = Registry entries. XP and '98 are two different animals.
Also, your hardware is different.
There isn't any way to do a fire and forget method of complete settings transfer from two separate O/S's
Files, yes. Settings, no.
What is involved is manually editing the Registry, and duplicating it within XP's. The problem is, unless the tech knows every detail of your hardware and software setup from a Registry point of view, this really isn't possible.
Besides, the "techs" who work for Dell, or "Best Buy" etc, etc,...usually are unseasoned kids. (Otherwise they'd be working for a large corporation) Get my drift?
I think what they probably mean by "settings" is that they'll
Transfer the files, and your Favorites, and set up your email and Desktop the way you like it. Simple stuff.
Free Recycling Kit
They will take my old PC and components and ‘cart them' away for recycling.
Meta: What they mean is, they'll take it away, and sell it to a clearing house. Sheesh..what a racket. I must be in the wrong business!
Van Canna wrote:
Question: When the transfer of files and ‘settings’ is done_ will the old hard drive be empty? Or will it need to be ‘wiped clean] and shredded nevertheless?
If so, what do I tell the technician or do?
Meta: My advice, tell him (The tech) to take the Hard Drive out, and give it to you. Don't depend on his word.
Think about it: You are trusting someone you don't know, is probably just skilled enough to be dangerous, makes a bit more than minimum wage, and now has access to years of your personal info.
I'll let you decide.
But if it were me, yes, I'd force him to give me the HD, and then use it for target practice.
BTW, physically destroying the HD will negate the extra work involved with "wiping" it.
Always a pleasure!