Windows Easy Transfer
I just got me a new Dell XPS M1710 with all the bells and whistles. I thought this would be a good opportunity to try out the Windows Easy Transfer as my old Dell had Windows Vista already installed on it.
I must say, it was quite painless and pretty damn easy. Backed up to a USb removable drive, then did some basic setup on my new laptop, such as joining my work domai. I had 2 users, a local user and my domain user, both of which had the same account names as on my old laptop.
On the new laptop, I fired up easy transfer and pointed it at the backup images performed previously. It recognised my 2 accounts on my current laptop and matched them up with the profiles on the backup images. I hit transfer to grab all the data and let it run.
It all migrated perfectly, including desktop icons, Outlook accounts, one note settings. It was quite nice to not have to do all that. The backup and restore process did seem quite slow though, but if I had to do it all manually, it probably would have taken somewhat longer, with considerably more effort.
All in all, I was pretty impressed by the feature.