Need some computer ISP advice/saving files advice

  1. Lord, I HATE to post this, and let everyone know what a computer dweeb/dork I am....especially Heather. BUT, here's my question. I want to change ISP. I have AOL and do not care for them at all. The last time I changed , I lost all my favorites, history, old e-mails, etc. Started with a clean slate. What am I supposed to do to change companies and retain all my info. ? Thanks for any suggestions and instructions.
  2. 9 Comments

  3. by   frannybee
    When you change, don't use the new version of IE they give you on the disc....instead of the basic package, go to the custom option and un-tick the box to download IE (or whatever browser you use). When you replace the old one, you run the risk of losing your faves, Hx etc
  4. by   Vsummer1
    That's the problem with changing providers. You lose everything! I have MSN on the laptop, and AOL on the desktop. I am sure had I started out with MSN I would like them better, but I did start years ago with AOL and even though I don't "like" AOL I am familiar with it. When I got the laptop I wanted to change thinking the grass was greener, but it isn't... it is just a different format of the same problems AOL gives me. A friend tried a cheaper provider and absolutely despised it worse than AOL so switched back. Go figure....

    So, just add the new provider to the computer and start over. When/if you switch back to AOL all your favorites and such will be there waiting for you (I think AOL lets you reclaim your ID if you go back within about 6 months).
  5. by   mastiff38
    What version of Windows are you running? I might be able to come up with a few suggestions, depending on what you use vs. what I'm familiar with...

  6. by   renerian
    That is why I use mostly yahoo account so I don't lose my address book! I need it! As far as favorites write down your favorite websites and then just add them.

  7. by   passing thru
    Are you all saying I can't transfer all this stuff to a new ISP? With all the fancy bells & whistles on my computer there isn't some place to click on and it is all there when the new ISP is up & running?
  8. by   passing thru
    And what about my pictures?
  9. by   NurseDennie
    Yes, you can save your favorites, etc., etc. The problem is that with AOL you're using a different version of the browser.

    So you're UNFORTUNATELY going to have to ask AOL how to do it. I could tell you for IE or Netscape or Opera.... But not AOL, I'm sorry. I'm betting there is a way, though.

    Vsummer - the thing is that, yes, AOL is an ISP, but it's different from the others in that it's got all that stuff that supposedly make it easier to use than other ISPs. It connects you to the same internet, but it does it through its own tunnel. You just have bigger tunnels and more choices with the other tunnels. Plus, they're cheaper and usually don't sell your information quite as gleefully.


  10. by   passing thru
    Someone told me internet service is free and I don't even need an ISP> True?
  11. by   NurseDennie
    Hmmmmmm. Effectively, no. The internet is out here and it's all free. But you have to have some way to attach to it, and most everybody is gonna take some of your money for it. You might be able to hook up to the internet through work if you work for a nice university or big company with a policy like that. But if not, you'll have to have the service to hook up. Unless you have the know-how to set it up for yourself. Unless you've got a lot more experience than it sounds like, you don't have the know-how.

    My daughter's ex non-boyfriend got a big ol' DEC VAX and he and I set it up for an ISP. We were joking that it was either a nice afternoon's Unix work or perhaps a multi-million $$ startup. Yeah, guess which one. LOL Even *I* don't use it, because it's in his house and he's off to college. These things don't run themselves, and I'm too old and apathetic to take it on.

    There are some services that are a LOT less expensive than others. I kinda go with a medium-priced one. AOL is about the most expensive. Net Zero and Juno used to be free, but now they're just very inexpensive. Like $9.95 a month, I'm thinking.