Whether you plan to upgrade your Windows XP, Vista, 7, or 8 machine to Windows 10 or purchase a new PC with Windows 10 preinstalled, you can use Windows Easy Transfer to copy all the files and settings from your old machine, or old version. from Windows to your new Windows 10 machine. In this article, I will guide you through the steps to set up Windows Easy Transfer.
Before I begin, let me clarify exactly what you can transfer using Windows Easy Transfer:
– User accounts
– Browser favorites
It will not be transferred by the programs. You will need to reinstall any programs you want on your new Windows 10 PC.
Windows Easy Transfer to Windows 10
Before we begin, there is one big problem we need to address. Microsoft has removed Windows Easy Transfer from Windows 10 and now suggests some third-party program PCmover Express, which costs money! There is no way to pay money just to transfer some data from one PC to another.
Fortunately, there is a way to fix this problem. Basically, the Windows Easy Transfer program is already installed on Windows 7 and Windows 8. If you are using Windows XP or Vista, you can download the appropriate 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 version of Vista and run it on Windows 10, you will get an error. However, if you have a 64-bit Windows 7 machine, you can copy the folder containing the Windows Easy Transfer program to a USB stick and run it on Windows 10 and it works fine.
If you do not have access to a 64-bit Windows 7 machine, I have copied the folder and compressed it, which you can download from here. If you have 32-bit Windows 7, run the 32-bit version preinstalled on the Windows 7 machine, but download the 64-bit version to Windows 10. You can import a 32-bit version of an Easy Transfer file. Simply unzip the folder and run it migwiz.exe.
Run WET on the old computer
To get started, you need to open Windows Easy Transfer on your old PC or on the PC running Windows XP, Vista, 7, or 8. Note that if you’re upgrading, think of the old machine as the older version of Windows, in this case Windows XP, Vista or 7.
Also note that if you are upgrading to Windows XP or Vista, you will need to download and install Windows Easy Transfer, as it does not include the built-in program. If you’re using Windows 7 or 8, it’s already there and you can only search for it. Download links are shown above.
Note that it says it’s for transferring from XP or Vista to Windows 7, but you can also use it to transfer it to Windows 8. In Windows 7, just search for Easy Transfer and it will appear:
To get started, we will open Easy Transfer on the old machine, in my case Windows 7. Once you start it, the welcome dialog box will appear and give you an overview of the items you can transfer:
- Click Next, and then choose the method you want to use to transfer between your old computer and Windows 8. You can choose Easy transfer cable, a network, or a external hard drive or USB flash drive:
If you’re upgrading a computer to Windows 10, you can choose the external hard drive or USB flash drive, as the old computer and the new computer are actually the same computer. Of course, you will need an external drive or a USB flash drive to do this.
If you transfer between two computers, the best option is a network connection, as you probably have the computers on the same wireless home network. If you do not have any network configuration at home, you can use an Easy Transfer Cable, which is a special cable that you must purchase. Here is a list of Amazon:
In this article, I will examine the networking method, as it is what most people will use. If you are transferring to Windows 10, choose the USB method. Click on A network and choose whether it is the old or new computer. In our case, let’s start with the old computer, so click This is my old computer.
- On the next screen, you’ll see some instructions and you’ll see an easy Windows transfer key. You will need to use this key on your new computer.
- Now go to your new Windows machine and start the Windows Easy Transfer Wizard. You can open it in Windows 8 by going to the home screen and then right-clicking anywhere until you see All applications at the bottom right. Then scroll right and you’ll see it on your Windows system.
In Windows 10, you will need to download the Windows 7 64-bit WET from the link above, or you can do it yourself by going to the following folder on your Windows 7 PC:
Find the migwiz folder and copy it to a USB flash drive or cloud, etc. Even if you do, just copy the entire folder to your Windows 10 PC, then double-click migwiz.exe.
Now follow the same steps as above: Click Next on the welcome screen, choose a network for how you want to transfer, and then choose This is my new PC. On the next screen, you need to tell Windows if you have Easy Transfer installed or if you are running Windows 7, in which case it is already installed.
In my case, I’m transferring from Windows 7, so I chose My old PC runs Windows 7 or Windows 8. Click Next. You will be instructed to go to your old PC and get the key, which we already did. Click Next again.
- Now go ahead and type in the key you got from your old computer and click Next. The program will first download any update of the Easy Transfer program:
- Once this is done, it will scan your old computer user accounts (which take a few minutes) and tell you exactly how many MB of data will be transferred:
- You can click Customize link to see the exact size of each folder and you can uncheck specific folders if you don’t want to transfer everything, such as music or videos, and so on. If you click the Advanced link here, you will get a Browser dialog where you can check and uncheck specific folders under each of the main folders.
- If you click Advanced Options, you can change how user accounts are assigned. If the account names of the two computers are the same, you will automatically link them, but you can change it here:
That’s pretty much it. Click on Transfer and the files and settings will be transferred. The most important thing here is the configuration of the application, which is very useful if you have installed some heavy work programs on your computer such as MS Office, you have customized them and now you have to reinstall them in Windows 10 If you transfer the settings using the Easy Transfer Wizard, you can install the application on Windows 10 and keep all these settings and customizations. If you have any questions about the transfer process, please post a comment here and I will try to help. Enjoy!