How to Transfer Settings in Picasa 3 to a New Computer

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Organizing your media library with Google's Picasa 3 can take hours of hard work before you've gotten the photos placed into the albums desired. After all that hard work, when you change computers, you'll want to take your media with you, including the carefully constructed library settings. Using the Backup feature in Picasa 3, this switch is possible in one smooth process. The software does the work for you, saving the data and settings together onto an external storage device or series of blank optical discs for transport and restoration on your new system without the loss of a single file.

Things You'll Need

  • External storage drive
  • Blank CDs or DVDs
  • Attach an external storage device large enough to contain the listed backup size, or use your DVD burner to burn the files onto disc.

  • Start the Picasa software application on your old system by double-clicking the Picasa icon on your desktop or selecting Picasa through your "Start" menu.

  • Click the "Tools" menu in Picasa, and then select the option "Backup Pictures."

  • Select the option, "Create a set..." at the bottom of the screen and check the Disk-to-Disk backup box.

  • Type in a name for your backup. Select the backup type, either "Disk-to-Disk backup" for using an external drive, or "CD or DVD backup" to backup the files onto a series of optical discs Press the "Choose" button to get a list of available backup locations and select the drive letter of your external device or DVD-ROM drive and place a mark in the "All File Types" circle.

  • Press the "Create" button to begin making the backup data set on the external device.

  • Wait for the software to copy the files and locations to your chosen external device or load disc after disc into the DVD drive as instructed until all files are copied. If using discs, make sure to number each as they're burned to avoid confusion when restoring the files to your new computer.

  • Press the "Safely remove hardware" button located in your system toolbar and select the external drive after backup is completed if you used the disk-to disk option. Unplug the USB drive cable then plug the drive into your new computer and wait for the computer to recognize it. Place the first CD or DVD backup disc into the drive of your new PC if you went with the multi-disc method instead.

  • Open the Windows Explorer to access your system drives. Navigate to the Disc or external drive containing your backup. Locate the file "PicasaRestore.exe" on the device then double-click to start the restore process.

  • Place a mark in the circle next to "Original locations" then click the "Next" button.

  • Wait as the program recreates your library onto your new computer, complete with program settings. Add each CD or DVD disc when asked if you used the DVD backup method.

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