Here's the context: I have a fairly new (9mos) old Dell Lat 820 and getting a new Dell Lat 830. I will try to explain as best I can what I am trying to accomplish and concerns I have. Obviously the computer hardware will be different but it will have the same xp-pro and the same 120gb hd as my old one. I have a business software which is loaded on my old one that needs to be transferred over. In order to have had this software downloaded on old computer...I had to go thru a drawnout process of downloading alll kinds of software including microsoft SQL Server stuffs. (maybe too much info here) I want the new laptop to have: * All the programs as the Old one * All my emails and internet settings * Some data files * But I don't want all the avi or wav files xferred over I have had success w/TI 11 with a full backup and restore but can't seem to figure out exactly how to backup just all the programs/applications/emails. I have read the manual and searched the forum and still confused. What do I check to backup from...program files only Are there any other files I need to check Another concern I have is...if I have a full backup or just a partial backup of software, programs and apps (once I figure how) of my old laptop HD and restore to the new computer....Will that reduce the performance of my new laptop because the HD info and settings were imaged from older computer Thanks in advance!! WOW...I can't believe no advice yet?!?!