- Microsoft Outlook 2003 and earlier versions do not export data & settings properly to Microsoft Outlook 2007(specifically Personal Address Books and to a lesser degree email account settings)
- Vista does not maintain backward compatibility with Windows XP applications(Quicken 2005 is one of them)
- Dell Computer refuses to sell a new laptop to home users unless the laptop comes with Vista
- Hardware drivers that function with XP may or may not work with Vista(I've seen the most problems with USB devices)
- Vista crashes Windows Explorer frequently because of DEP(Data Execution Prevention) bugs
- Vista is very slow, even with new OEM hardware that has Vista pre-installed.
- Connect both computers(old & new) to the same network
- Create an empty new shared folder on your old machine that is
readable & writable by all users.
- Verify you can connect to the shared folder from your Vista
machine.(push Winkey+R, then type
- Create a new folder on the share & delete the new folder as a test.
- Run Programs | System Tools | Windows Easy Transfer with both machines connected the network & step through the wizard.
- Go do something else for several hours while both of your computers are running the transfer.
- When the transfer is completed create a new mail settings profile on the Vista machine from control panel - enable the option to be prompted for which mail profile to be used upon Outlook 2007 startup.
- Start Outlook 2007 using the new profile. Manually input your email account settings.
- Open up the .PST file that was (hopefully) copied over from your Windows Easy Transfer. Manually copy (that's right - one subfolder or group at a time) your items from the old .PST file into your new Outlook profile. Don't try to copy the parent Inbox folder or you'll get an error message _after_ the copy fails. You'll need to _Select All_ the individual emails in the parent Inbox folder and copy them to your new Inbox folder. Afterward any child folders of the parent Inbox folder can be copied.
- Once you've copied over your Contacts, Calendar Items, Tasks, Notes, and emails you'll need to make sure your contacts are used as Address Book lookups from the To: field in new messages.
- Right Click on a contact folder >> choose Properties >> Outlook Address Book >> Show this folder as an e-mail Address Book. Repeat for any additional Contacts folders to be used for addressing e-mail.
Here's how I migrated another user from Thunderbird running on XP to Thunderbird running on Vista:
- Download & install MozBackup on both old & new machines.
- On the old machine run MozBackup to create a backup of Thunderbird mail account settings.
- On the old machine run MozBackup a second time to create a backup of Thunderbird mail messages, address books, extensions, and other settings.
- On the new machine run MozBackup and choose restore. Point to the file created in step 2.
- On the new machine run MozBackup and choose restore. Point to the file created in step 3.
I'm sure we'll see service packs from Microsoft released before the end of 2007 due to the premature release of their new office suite & operating system. Stay away until the Service Packs are available!