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December 16, 2002—In this issue:

1. COMMENTARY

2. FAQS

  • Q. What's the Files and Settings Transfer Wizard?
  • Q. How can I use the Files and Settings Transfer Wizard to export my files and settings?
  • Q. How can I use the Files and Settings Transfer Wizard to import my files and settings?
  • Q. How can I enable saving attachments in Microsoft Outlook Express 6?
  • Q. How can I configure Microsoft Outlook Express to perform only as a news reader and not as an email client?

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1. COMMENTARY
(contributed by John Savill, FAQ Editor, jsavill@winnetmag.com)

This week, I describe the Files and Settings Transfer Wizard, including how to use the wizard to export files and settings from an old machine and import files and settings to a new machine. I also explain how to enable saving attachments in Microsoft Outlook Express 6 and how to configure Outlook Express to perform only as a news reader and not as an email client.

Around the industry this week, GFI has announced GFI LANguard System Integrity Monitor (S.I.M.), another free tool that provides basic intrusion detection, Web site monitoring, and some other useful features. For more information, visit GFI on the Web at http://www.gfi.com/lansim/index.html .

Microsoft has released the latest administration tool pack for Windows .NET Server (Win.NET Server) 2003 at http://download.microsoft.com/download/5/2/b/52bbe553-bae6-41e0-a82d-30d30145c1ee/rc2-adminpak.exe . Microsoft has also released Win.NET Server Release Candidate 2 (RC2) and made it available on the Microsoft Developer Network (MSDN). Finally, Microsoft has made available several XP Winter Fun Packs that include some add-ons for Windows Media Player (WMP) and Windows Movie Maker, plus some screen savers and other goodies. You can find all the fun at http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/experiences/holiday/default.asp .


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2. FAQS

  • Q. What's the Files and Settings Transfer Wizard?
  • A. The Files and Settings Transfer Wizard is a core component of Windows XP. Previously available as a separate component of the "Microsoft Windows 2000 Server Resource Kit" and the "Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional Resource Kit," the wizard is also known as the User State Migration Tool (USMT—you can download the tool at http://www.microsoft.com/windows2000/techinfo/reskit/tools/new/usmt-o.asp ). Before you use XP's built-in version, run Windows Update to install a fix that resolves the following problems identified in the Microsoft article "Files and Settings are Not Transferred When You Use the Files and Settings Transfer Wizard":

    • The Files and Settings Transfer Wizard quits before the transfer process has been completed.
    • User settings or system settings are not transferred as expected.
    • Icons created on the desktop do not work as expected.
    • Account information in Microsoft Outlook Express is lost.
    • A new account created in Outlook Express overwrites an old mail account.
    • Outlook Express and Microsoft Outlook 2000 settings are not transferred if Outlook Express and Outlook 2000 share the same address book.
    • The Outlook Express message store becomes corrupted if the store is open while the Files and Settings Transfer Wizard is used on a Microsoft Windows 95, Microsoft Windows 98, or Microsoft Windows Millennium Edition (Me)-based computer.

    Microsoft created the wizard to let an administrator move a user's files and settings from one computer to another or to back up the user's files and settings before reinstalling the OS. The wizard can use a direct cable connection, removable media, or a local store that you can back up or move.

    You can move any combination of the following user files and settings:

    • Files and folders (e.g., My Documents, My Pictures, select file-extension types)
    • Accessibility settings
    • Command-prompt settings
    • Display properties
    • Microsoft Internet Explorer (IE) settings
    • Mouse and keyboard settings
    • Network printer and drive settings
    • Outlook Express settings
    • Regional settings
    • Sounds and multimedia settings
    • Taskbar options
    • Application-specific settings

    After you export the user's files and settings to target media separate from the source computer, you can use the wizard to import the user's files and settings onto a new computer. If you install on the new computer the same applications that exist on the old computer, the user's environment will be identical to the environment that exists on the old computer.

  • Q. How can I use the Files and Settings Transfer Wizard to export my files and settings?
  • A. To export your files and settings, perform the following steps:

    1. Start the Files and Settings Transfer Wizard (go to Start, All Programs, Accessories, System Tools, and click "File and Settings Transfer Wizard"; alternatively, you can type
    2. migwiz.exe

      from the command prompt).

    3. From the welcome screen, click Next.
    4. Select "Old computer", then click Next (the wizard will display only those options applicable to your user profile and installed applications).
    5. Select the transfer method to use (e.g., to output your settings to the local file system, select Other), select a location to store your files (if the entered path doesn't exist, click Yes to create it), then click Next.
    6. Select the option that corresponds to what you want the wizard to transfer—settings, files, or both—then click Next. The wizard will display a warning notifying you that if you export program-specific settings, you'll need to install those programs on the new computer.
    7. After the wizard exports the settings, click Finish.

    The wizard will create two files on the target media: a status file and the .dat file that contains all the user's settings. You should then import these files and their parent folder to the target machine.

  • Q. How can I use the Files and Settings Transfer Wizard to import my files and settings?
  • A. To import your files and settings, perform the following steps:

    1. Start the Files and Settings Transfer Wizard (go to Start, All Programs, Accessories, System Tools, and click "File and Settings Transfer Wizard"; alternatively, you can type
    2. migwiz.exe

      from the command prompt).

    3. From the welcome screen, click Next.
    4. Select "New computer", then click Next.
    5. When the wizard gives you the option to create a wizard disk that you can use on the old computer to collect the files and settings, select "I don't need the wizard disk," then click Next.
    6. Select the location of your files and settings; click Next (the wizard will import the information and write over the existing configuration information).
    7. After the wizard has finished importing the information, click Finish.
    8. Log off and log on for all changes to take effect.

  • Q. How can I enable saving attachments in Microsoft Outlook Express 6?
  • A. By default and as a security precaution to avoid saving a virus to your computer, Outlook Express doesn't let you save files locally. To enable file saving within Outlook Express, perform the following steps:

    1. Start Outlook Express.
    2. From the Tools menu, select Options.
    3. Select the Security tab.
    4. Clear the "Do not allow attachments to be saved or opened that could potentially be a virus" check box, then click OK.

    The change will take effect immediately. To use the registry to enable or disable file saving in Outlook Express, perform the following steps:

    1. Start a registry editor (e.g., regedit.exe).
    2. Navigate to the HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Identities\\{A5FA8995-AE1F-4D4A-8442-C51332A97476\}\Software\Microsoft\Outlook Express\5.0\Mail registry subkey.
    3. Double-click Safe Attachments.
    4. Set the registry value to 0 to allow saving of attachments or to 1 to use the application's default behavior.
    5. Click OK.
    6. Close the registry editor.

  • Q. How can I configure Microsoft Outlook Express to perform only as a news reader and not as an email client?
  • A. To disable the email capabilities within Outlook Express, simply add /outnews to the end of the Outlook Express command. For example, from the command prompt, type

    msimn /outnews

    When you start the application in this mode, you'll notice the Inbox folder is missing and the Mail option under the Accounts menu is no longer available. You can also place the /outnews option outside the quotes to alter shortcuts. For example, you can change the shortcut path

    "C:\Program Files\Outlook Express\msimn.exe"

    to

    "C:\Program Files\Outlook Express\msimn.exe" /outnews

    to launch Outlook Express as a news client only.

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