On your old computer, select what users, settings, files, and folders you want transferring.
You now have to map the users on your old computer to the ones on your new computer. If you've setup user accounts on your new computer already then you simply select the user on the old computer and the user on the new computer and they are now associated. Otherwise you can simply create a new account on the new computer by typing in the new account name on the right hand side.
Select what drives you want copying across - I didn't use this. Click next and the transfer begins.
Transfer in progress.
As you can see, the process is pretty straight forward and, being USB 2.0, it is also fast. Also, those of you familiar with Vista will know that the way users and documents are organised in Vista is different to that in XP. Gone is the use of 'My' in front of your documents/music/videos folders and the confusing Documents and Settings folder has now been replaced by the much simpler Users folder. Thankfully this software interprets all those changes for you. So, where originally you may have had your music stored in C:\Documents and Settings\YourName\My Documents\My Music, Easy Transfer will move it to the appropriate, C:\Users\YourName\Music, folder.
The software is very good but it isn't omniscient so if a program doesn't store it's configuration files in the standard places (e.g. C:\Documents and Settings\YourName\Application Data) then it may miss them. The simple way to check this, though, is to test all your programs after you've performed the transfer. If something doesn't work correctly then you may have to contact the software vendor to find out how their software organises itself.
Although there are other ways of running the transfer process, using a cable is the fastest and is the only way to transfer from XP to Vista. So, combined with the sub £20 price tag, you’re looking at a winning combination.
So, if you’re planning on upgrading to Vista but can’t face the prospect of finding, sorting and copying all your data across, then the Belkin Easy Transfer Cable for Windows Vista is the solution for you.