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Solutions: USB floppy disk drive will allow transfer to new PC

I have an 8-year-old Gateway that has a old floppy disk loader and a CD loader for programs. I want to buy a new computer. I want to put on my new computer programs and information from the old hard drive, which won't have the floppy disk drive. Then I want to clean my information off the old computer. Will these programs work on a new computer? What steps should I take to store all this information on CDs? Do I contact a computer specialist to burn this info onto CDs?

The best way to tell if your old programs will work on you new PC is to go to their support Web sites and see if (I'll assume either Windows Vista or Windows 7) will work with your program version. There are some compatibility options you may be able to use if not. Go to www.microsoft.com and search on "compatibility mode" to read about this feature. I'm sure any of the retail stores that sell computers offer services such as transferring files to CD, but here's what I would do: Buy a USB floppy disk drive that plugs into your new PC. You can buy them online for less than $20. It should be less expensive than what you'd have to pay to have it done and may make installing programs easier. To securely wipe clean your old computer, you can use any number of free utilities. "Boot and Nuke" is a popular one you can find at www.dban.org.

When we receive an e-mail with a JPG attachment, we are unable to open the JPG. We always get this message: File C:\Documents and Settings\our name is here\Local Settings\Temporary Internet Files\Contnet.IE5\SWIU2BWJ\image02[2],jpg is in use by another program. Save your changes, close other programs, and then try again.

Not sure about this one, but it would be a good idea to clear your Internet cache files. Run Internet Explorer. Click Tools, Internet Options, then the General tab. Under Browsing History, click the Delete button. Make sure "Temporary Internet Files" option is selected and click Delete.

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Solutions: USB floppy disk drive will allow transfer to new PC 11/01/09 [Last modified: Friday, November 6, 2009 11:44am]
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