Change can be a good thing obviously, but at the time it most often just feels like a hassle. Change means that you have to get used to something new, say goodbye to something familiar, and often it involves an awful lot of logistics too.
Moving home in fact is supposed to be one of the single most stressful things you can go through – as stated by psychologist Seyle who created the 'Stressful Life Events Rating Scale'. And actually, moving to a new computer can be almost as bad…
Unless you do the necessary ground work first. Here's how to make it a little less of an ordeal.
The first tool you can use to make changing computer easier is of course cloud storage. A service like Microsoft's Sky Drive, Google's Google Drive, or Dropbox will make this process much easier as you'll just have to move the files you want to keep into there and they'll be automatically available on the new computer.
Personally I use a combination of SkyDrive and Drop Box. SkyDrive is great if you're moving over to a Windows 8.1 OS as it appears in your list of folders as though it was right there on your computer. This way you can then use and modify your files on machine as though they were right on your computer and you won't even need to copy them back over. Dropbox meanwhile is useful for the ease of sharing with other programs and is generally just a great piece of software to have installed.
I'd still recommend putting your very most important files on a storage device too though – it can never hurt to have a backup.
Some software also makes syncing between machines particularly easy. Windows is one such piece of software – if you change your wallpaper on one Windows 8 device, then it will be the same when you boot up another Windows 8 device. This is great for creating a consistent feel between your machines and means that you'll feel right at home right away. Windows 8 now also remembers other things like settings in various apps to make the transition a little more seamless.
Chrome or Internet Explorer are also both great for syncing your bookmarks and your recently visited sites, so you'll right away have all your most often visited sites ready. For gaming Steam is very handy too, allowing you to resume playing where you left off on your newer, faster gaming machine.
Windows also has another useful trick up its sleeve, which is the ability to automatically link computers that are on the same home network. This means that you can browse those computers' harddrives and it's incredibly useful if you want to quickly transfer large folders over (like your entire collection of old Facebook pictures for instance?).
Finally though, you also need to prepare yourself for the change. Like moving home, you'll find that there are some surprising emotions that come up when you change computers. At first you may find yourself feeling sad that you've left your old computer – even like a traitor. Your new computer will feel 'cold' and almost too efficient, while little new things will bug you at first like the screen brightness (I swear my old computer was brighter) or the keyboard (why would they put PgUpthere?).
What's important to remember though is that these growing pains are completely normal, and that after no time at all you'll be used to your new machine and you'll find you grow to love it just as much as your old one. Expect to come across these road blocks coming in, and you'll find they're much less jarring when they do happen.
Follow all these tips and you should find yourself emotionally ready for your new computer, and with all your files right where you need them ready to download. Now you can enjoy the new power, and the feeling of having a clean computer for a change that doesn't have a desktop covered in icons…
This post has been authored by Nancy Baker, a freelance blogger who enjoys sharing her ideas and experiences online. She is a part of the team at Tender Touch, a renowned moving and storage company. She is a fitness enthusiast and she practices yoga and martial arts in her leisure time. You can catch up with her on Twitter@Nancy Baker.