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Old 03-17-2009, 01:40 PM
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I'm (finally, says lovely & gracious daughter - not so graciously) buying a new machine, and will need to move my GW stuff over there. Am I allowed to reinstall all that stuff on my new machine? I assume so, but what's the procedure? And with a couple of them - maybe just two chapters, NF & GWEN - I don't have the cd; just did the download - so how is that handled?
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Good news, you do not need the CD's. All you have to do is go to guildwars.com and download the client and install it. That will install Guild Wars on your new PC. When you log in with your account you will have access to all the chapters you bought. Your machine will just download each part of the game as you travel to each outpost for the first time with your new PC.

There is a way to have it download all the files while you are not using the PC. I don't know it. Pyro walked me through it when I got my new machine.

The only other thing you have to do it move the file that stores all your build templates to the new machine. I don't remember the file location, but if you go to save a new build the menu should show you where it is saving it and then you can just move that file to the new machine. Then you are all set and up and running.
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Thanks, Ethan, that sounds very reasonable. I know where my templates live, so that's no problem. I guess the only question left is whether I need to move gw.dat over to the new machine.
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you don't need to move your GW.dat. If you don't have it you'll just download everything all over again. However, it is a 4+ gig file and that takes a LONG time to download, even over a high speed connection. If you have the ability to move it over, I would recommend that you do. Otherwise, you could probably just leave GW running over night and let it download everything that way.
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you could probably just leave GW running over night and let it download everything that way.
Ummm, I think I'll throw it onto my trusty 100gig usb drive and copy it over that way. Prolly still take a while, but overnight? Yikes!
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well, it's 4 gigs. I'm not saying that it'd take the entire night, but even if you're getting 200 kb/s constant over the entire 4 gigs, it'll still take 6 hours. If you've got a 100 gig hd, then yeah, it's probably best to do it that way.
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I assume you had windows xp on your old comp. If this is the case you can go to the start button in program files you can go to settings there is a program migrating application that will send all your selected data to your new computer( after hooking up a data link cable to it). this may be the fastest way to send all your gw files intact.
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That's true, I do have xp & I remember that app. What do I use for a datalink cable, though? USB again? It should be at least twice as fast as my orginal plan of dumping it to the usd hd.
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You can use either a usb cable or any printer cable. Its not so much a what type of cable you use as having a direct link to a com port. Send GW as fast as printing a really big document ftw. By the way usb might be easier since the port reads hardware attachments.
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if he's going usb he might as well just load it onto his external harddrive and move it that way.
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But then it takes twice as long - load onto the hard drive, then load onto the new comp - besides, I like the idea of moving all the other apps.
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Thanks for the help, all - I'm set up & have done a test run. Very nice indeed.....judging by the new computer's performance, I was long overdue for a new machine.
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how old was your previous system?
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Gosh, don't remember - several years. I'd upgraded memory, hd, vid & audio cards - so, yeah. It was still ticking along but going slower and slower as the apps demanded more.
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my PC is getting near on 4 and half years old at this point. I got a very good motherboard and last year I maxed out the CPU and the ram, this year I upgraded the Video Card. I can still go higher of PCI-e, but I'll probably be upgrading by next Christmas or so.

The standard 'shelf-life' for a PC is 5 years, 6 if you can upgrade it.
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