My brain is on ‘fatigue’ mode, and it’s only 10:30 in the morning. Let me start at the beginning.
So we are moving. We don’t know if we’ll be buying a 3 bedroom or 4 bedroom place. But we do know we need a master bedroom, one bedroom dedicated to my hubby’s office because he works from home, and because we will be out of state from all kids/grandkids, we want a dedicated guest room. IF we get a 4 bedroom, I can have an ‘office’ space again. But it’s not a deal breaker, and frankly, I’m leaning towards another 3 bedroom, but since I’m retired now, just having a small desk instead of the big L desk I have now. (it’s newer, so hubby will inherit it at the new place.) So, because of that, I didn’t need the big (newest) desktop pc anymore. A smaller-end laptop will do just fine. The only reason I need that is for my football pool that I run half the year (Excel spreadsheets back and forth between 30-45 members each week during the season)…and some photo editing I do for blog posts and blog design and blog posting in itself. I don’t find doing that on a tablet very effective or efficient.
Long story short, I just need a laptop. My hubby’s pc (the non-work one, and he doesn’t mingle stuff between the two of them), is pretty old and getting slow on him. My 2016 pc is still fine, so I told him he could have it; he’s thrilled. So, long story even shorter, I’m in the market for a relatively low-end new laptop.
I found it, with a pre-Black Friday deal, from Dell, and ordered it yesterday. With MS Office loaded and a docking station, the whole thing out the door was under $700. PLUS, with ebates (and if you aren’t using ebates, you SHOULD for all online ordering!)….I am getting a $71 ebate! woot woot! Smoking deal.
So that’s the background. Since the laptop will be here Wednesday, today seemed a good time to start cleaning up my documents and photos on it. That’s where the mental exhaustion comes in to play. I know about ‘quick access’ on Windows 10, and how to organize that. I was NOT aware about “one drive’ or ‘this pc’, and what that all means. How, if I’m not mistaken, Windows 10 takes your docs, your photos, and also stores them to One Drive. Or, it looks like that, but really they are just like bookmarked links. So it looks like it’s in two places but it’s not necessarily. But depending upon Windows 10 upgrades, not ALL docs or photos will be in both places.
They really don’t make this easy. And I consider myself pretty darned computer savvy for an old broad of 67. But my head is spinning. For a while, before I semi-understood it all, after ‘unpinning’ some things on Quick Access, I couldn’t find them, and thought I had inadvertently deleted them all. Doing a windows search, I found them under thispc/c/users/mywindowsname/docs/myname/docs.
So, I think I got my ‘documents’ cleaned up/know where they are all located.
My photos, however, too daunting. I have more than a decade of photos, and the best I can tell, they are located in 3 places, BUT I think one of those 3 is that ‘fake’ ‘One Drive’ and I won’t be transferring those over.
The good news is:
1. my hubby already has the transfer cables.
2. but if not, I understand, in theory, how to set up a ‘home network’ on our wifi and how to transfer files that way. The theory, not the practice. This is another reason why
3. I married a man 16 years my junior.
4. at least the pc isn’t going away. Hubby will have it, and if I can’t figure it out or don’t ‘grab’ everything to transfer, I can always go into his office and dig around and hopefully find it.
Yep, this pc thing seems easy, but when it comes to transferring stuff from an old pc to a new one…not necessarily.
Wish us luck on Wednesday!