I should delete my photo files from the new computer, then install PE8 on the old computer, do a backup in PE8, and restore the backup on the new computer in PE8.
That is definitely the most reliable method. You're changing three things at once: new computer, new version of Windows, new version of PSE. The catalog conversion process (upgrading to a new version of PSE) and backup/restore are both fairly buggy, so it's wise to do one step at a time to make troubleshooting and workarounds much easier. It's also better to use the most recent (less buggy) PSE 8 to make the backup, rather than PSE 6.
People are tempted to take a shortcut on this and try to use PSE 8 on the new computer from a PSE 6 backup. That will often work, but when it doesn't, they then waste a lot more time trying to make it work. As the Car Talk Guys used to say, "It's the cheapskate who pays the most."
See this FAQ for tips on converting from PSE 6 to 8:
and this FAQ for using the backup/restore method:
Thank you for your help. I think this will be my project for the weekend.
I followed your directions, and everything worked without any problems. Thank you!
I read with interest that you recently migrated from an XP PC to a Window 7 PC using a "Windows 7 migration cable". I am planning to do the same. Everything I read about the migration cables state they do not work very well. I am planning to move MS office 2003 and PSE7. I would love to do a backup and restore for PSE 7 but I only have a CD, ( I will need about 88-90 CD's) the DVD is read only. I tried to install a external drive some time ago but can't seem to get it one to work with USB 1.0 ports.
Can you tell me where you purchased the migation cable , manufacturere etc.