Whether you’re planning to upgrade your Windows XP, Vista, 7, or 8 PC to Windows 10, or buy a new PC with Windows 10 preinstalled, you can use Windows Easy Transfer to copy all files and settings from your old PC or older version. Windows to a new Windows 10 computer. In this article, I’ll show you how to set up Windows Easy Transfer.
Before we begin, let me clarify what you can transfer using Windows Easy Transfer:
– User Accounts
– Browser favorites
It is not programmed. You will have to reinstall any programs you need on your new Windows 10 PC.
Windows Easy Transfer on Windows 10
Before we start, we have one big problem to solve. Microsoft has removed Windows Easy Transfer from Windows 10 and is now offering some third-party PCmover Express that costs money! I can’t pay money just for transferring data from one computer to another.
Fortunately, there is a way around this problem. Typically, Windows Easy Transfer is already installed in Windows 7 and Windows 8. If you are using Windows XP or Vista, you can download the corresponding version from here:
Windows XP Easy Transfer – https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=7349
Windows Vista Easy Transfer – https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=14179
Now if you try to download the Vista version and run it on Windows 10, you will get an error. However, if you have Windows 7 64-bit, you can copy the folder containing the Windows Easy Transfer program to a USB drive and then run it in Windows 10 and it should work fine.
If you don’t have access to a 64-bit Windows 7 machine, I copied the folder and zipped it, which you can download from here If you have Windows 7 32-bit, run the pre-installed 32-bit on Windows 7 machine, but download 64-bit on Windows 10. It can import the 32-bit version of the Easy Transfer file. Just unzip the folder and run migwiz.exe.
Run WET on the old computer
First, you need to open Windows Easy Transfer on your old PC or PC running Windows XP, Vista, 7 or 8. Please note that if you are upgrading, treat your old computer as an old version of Windows. , in this case Windows XP, Vista or 7.
Also note that if you are upgrading from Windows XP or Vista, you will need to download and install Windows Easy Transfer as it does not come with a firmware. If you are using Windows 7 or 8, it is already there and you can simply search. Download links are above.
Note that it is designed to migrate from XP or Vista to Windows 7, but you can also use it to migrate to Windows 8. On Windows 7, just search for “Easy Transfer” and it will appear:
First, we’ll open Easy Transfer on an old computer, in my case Windows 7. As soon as you launch it, a welcome dialog box appears, in which you will find out which items you can transfer:
Click Next and choose the method you want to use to transfer data between your old PC and Windows 8. You can choose between a data transfer cable, network, external hard drive or USB flash drive:
If you are upgrading your PC to Windows 10, you can opt for an external hard drive or a USB drive, since the old and new computer are effectively the same computer. Of course, you’ll need an external drive or USB stick for this.
If you are transferring data between two computers, a network connection is the best option, since you probably have computers on the same wireless home network. If you don’t have a network setup at home, you can use a special data transfer cable that you need to buy. Here’s the list from Amazon:
In this article, I will cover the network method as it is what most people will use. If you are upgrading to Windows 10, choose the USB method instead. Click Network and select whether it is an old or new computer. In our case, we are starting with an old computer, so click â€œThis is my old computerâ€.
On the next screen, you will see several instructions and a Windows Easy Transfer key. You will need to use this key on a new computer.
Now go to your new Windows PC and start the Windows Easy Transfer wizard. You can open it in Windows 8 by going to the Start screen and right-clicking anywhere until you see All Apps in the bottom right corner. Then scroll to the right and you will see it under Windows System.
On Windows 10, you either need to download the 64-bit version of WET for Windows 7 from the link above, or you can do it yourself by going to the following folder on your Windows 7 PC:
C: Windows System32
Find the migwiz folder and copy it to a USB stick or cloud, etc. Whatever you do, just copy this entire folder to your Windows 10 computer and then double-click the migwiz.exe file.
Now, follow the same steps as above: click Next on the welcome screen, select the network you want to transfer on, and then select This is my new computer. On the next screen, you have to tell Windows whether you have installed Easy Transfer or are using Windows 7, in which case it is already installed.
In my case, I am migrating from Windows 7, so I selected “My Old Computer” is running Windows 7 or Windows 8. Click Next. You will receive instructions on how to upgrade to your old computer and obtain the key, which we have already done. Click Next again.
Now enter the key you received from your old computer and click Next. The program will first download all updates for Easy Transfer:
It will then scan the user accounts on the old computer (which will take a few minutes) and tell you exactly how many MB of data will be transferred:
You can click the Customize link to see exactly what size each folder will be, and you can uncheck certain folders if you don’t want to transfer everything like music or videos, etc. If you click the More link here Â», You will get an explorer dialog where you can mark and uncheck specific folders in each of the main folders.
If you click Advanced Options, you can change the way user accounts are mapped. If the account names on both computers are the same, it will automatically link them, but you can change that here:
That’s all. Click “Transfer” and your files and settings will be transferred! The most important thing here is the application settings, which are really useful if you have installed some high-performance programs like MS Office on your computer, customized them and now have to reinstall them in Windows 10. If you transfer settings using the Easy Transfer Wizard, you you can install the app in Windows 10 and keep all these settings and settings. If you have any questions about the migration process, please leave a comment here and I’ll try to help. Enjoy!