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How Do I Use Windows® Easy Transfer to Transfer Data from Microsoft® Windows® XP to Windows Vista™? - KB Article - 317039


Article Summary: This article provides information on how to use Windows Easy Transfer to transfer data from Windows XP to Windows Vista.


Table of Contents:
  1. Overview
  2. Download and Install Windows® Easy Transfer
  3. Prepare Windows Vista Computer for Windows Easy Transfer Process
  4. Create a New User Account in Microsoft® Windows Vista®
  5. Determine Which Microsoft® Windows® Easy Transfer Method to Use
  6. Transfer Files Using Windows Easy Transfer




Issue 1.


Overview


Microsoft® Windows® Easy Transfer is the Native Data Migration Tool in Windows Vista® and migrates data and settings between computers running Windows Vista. Windows Easy Transfer is also compatible with Windows XP, so data and settings can also be imported from Windows XP.
Note:

Windows Easy Transfer migrates only your data and settings—not your applications. To transfer your programs, Windows Easy Transfer Companion (Beta) is available from Microsoft, but this tool is still in the beta stage of development.




Issue 2.


Download and Install Windows® Easy Transfer



Note:

If you purchased the Easy Transfer Cable, the Windows Easy Transfer program is included on a CD. Follow the instructions to install the program from the CD.
  1. Click the following Windows Easy Transfer link.
  2. In the Windows Easy Transfer for Windows XP and Windows 2000 page, click Continue to validate your copy of Windows.
  3. Click Download Files Below, the page scrolls to the Download buttons.
  4. Click the tfrcable_x86.exe Download button.

    Note:

    If you are running a 64-bit operating system, click the tfrcable_x64.exe Download button.

  5. In the File Download window, click Save.
  6. In the Save As window, make note of the download location, and click Save.
  7. Locate the downloaded file, and double-click tfrcable_x86.exe.
  8. In the Windows Easy Transfer Installation wizard, click Next.
  9. In the License Agreement screen, click to select I Agree, and click Next.
  10. Click Finish when the wizard is complete, the Windows Easy Transfer program is installed.



Issue 3.


Prepare Windows Vista Computer for Windows Easy Transfer Process


The following steps pertain to the computer to which you want to transfer your data and settings. Usually, this is your new computer.
  1. Click Start, and type windows easy transfer.
  2. Click Windows Easy Transfer.
  3. In the Windows Easy Transfer window, click Next.
  4. When you are prompted to close all windows, click Next.
  5. Click Start New and then This is my new computer.
  6. Click to select the transfer method for the Windows Easy Transfer files such as:
    • Network drive
    • CD/DVD
    • USB flash drive or other removable hard drive
    • Easy Transfer Cable

      Note:

      Both the new and old computer must support the transfer method you choose. For example, if you write the data to CD or DVD on the old computer, the new computer must also have a CD or DVD drive.

  7. Click Next.
    The new computer is ready to accept the file transfer.



Issue 4.


Create a New User Account in Microsoft® Windows Vista®


Create a New User Account in Microsoft® Windows Vista® that Corresponds to the Account in the Windows® XP Computer


Note:

You must be logged in as an administrator or have administrator privileges to perform the following steps.
  1. Click Start, and type accounts.
  2. Click User Accounts.
  3. In the Make changes to your user account window, click Manage another account, and Continue, if applicable.
  4. In the Choose the account you would like to change screen, click Create a new account.
  5. In the Name the account and choose an account type screen, type the user name, and click to select either Standard user or Administrator.

    Note:

    Make sure this information matches the information of the user account that is being transferred from the Microsoft® Windows® XP computer.

  6. Click Create Account, the account is created.



Issue 5.


Determine Which Microsoft® Windows® Easy Transfer Method to Use


There are four methods that can be used to transfer files using Windows® Easy Transfer:
  • Easy Transfer Cable
    You can purchase an Easy Transfer Cable that was created for this express purpose and use it to connect the computers and transfer files. A standard USB cable cannot be used in place of the Easy Transfer Cable.
  • Network
    You can connect both computers to form either a temporary or permanent network and transfer files using this network.
  • DVD/CD
    You can transfer files by writing the data to writeable DVD/CDs. This method requires that you have enough writeable discs to hold all of the transfer data; during the transfer process, Windows Easy Transfer estimates the disk space (i.e., the number of DVD/CDs ) needed for the transfer.

    Note:
    DVDs cannot be used with Windows 2000 or XP and Windows Easy Transfer.

  • USB Flash Drive or Other External Hard Drive
    You can transfer files using an external hard drive. If your drive is not large enough to hold all of the transfer data at one time, you can copy as many files as it will hold, transfer those files to the new computer, and then reconnect the drive to the old computer and repeat the process. During the transfer process, Windows Easy Transfer estimates the disk space needed for the transfer; divide the disk space by the size of the external hard drive to figure out the number of times required to repeat the transfer process.




Issue 5.


Transfer Files Using Windows Easy Transfer


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Transfer Files Using Windows Easy Transfer


Note:

When you purchase the Easy Transfer cable, the package includes the items referenced in the following Easy Transfer cable instructions. For more information about the Easy Transfer cable, please refer to the manufacturer's site, Belkin® Easy Transfer Cable for Windows Vista®.

  1. Attach the Easy Transfer cable to the old computer (the Windows XP computer).

  2. Insert the Easy Transfer Cable CD into the old computer.

  3. The DOS Batch File runs. In the Software Install wizard, click Next.

  4. In the License Agreement screen, click to select I Agree, and click Next to continue. The Easy Transfer software is installed.

  5. Click Finish.

  6. In the Found New Hardware wizard, click to select Install the software automatically (Recommended), then click Next. The driver is installed.

  7. Click Finish.

  8. In the Easy Transfer Cable window, click to select Launch Windows Easy Transfer, and click OK.

  9. Attach the Easy Transfer cable to the new computer (the Windows Vista™ computer), the driver is installed automatically.

  10. In the AutoPlay window, click Transfer files and settings, and follow the onscreen instructions to complete the transfer.




Transfer Files Using a Network Connection and Windows® Easy Transfer


Note:

Both the Microsoft® Windows® XP and Windows Vista® computers must be connected to a network. For information on setting up a network, please refer to the Dell™ Wireless Support site.
  1. Click Start, hover over All Programs, and click Windows Easy Transfer on the old computer (i.e., the Microsoft® Windows® XP computer).

  2. In the Windows Easy Transfer window, click Next.

  3. In the Transfer Method screen, click to select Through a network and then click Connect directly via network.

  4. Click Everything - all user accounts, files, and program settings (recommended) to transfer all files and settings.
    Note:

    To transfer only select files and settings, click either Only my user account, files, and program settings or Custom.
  5. Click Start, the files are transferred to the new computer.

  6. Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the transfer.




Transfer Files Using USB Flash Drive or Removable Hard Drive and Windows Easy Transfer

  1. Insert the removable hard drive in the old computer, such as the Windows XP computer, and locate the migwiz.exe file on the drive.

  2. Double-click migwiz.exe.

  3. If you have any programs open, you are prompted to close them. You can save your work in each program, and then close them individually, or you can click Close All in Windows Easy Transfer to close all running programs at once.

  4. Click Next, and then click to select a CD or other removable media. Both computers must support the transfer method you choose. For example, both computers must support the same type of removable media.

  5. Click To a Network Drive to save the files to a folder on a removable drive.

  6. In the Where do you want to save your files window, type the path to a folder on the removable drive, and click Next.

  7. Click Everything - All User Accounts, Files and Program Settings (recommended) to transfer all files and settings.

  8. Click Start to begin the transfer.

  9. Click Close when Windows Easy Transfer has completed moving the files.

  10. Eject the removable media and insert it into the new computer.

  11. In the Windows Easy Transfer window, click Next.

  12. Click Continue a Transfer in Progress.

  13. In the Where did you copy your files window, click Removable Media and then Next.

  14. In the Locate your Saved Files window, type the path to your saved files or click Browse.

  15. Click Next.

  16. In the Choose User Name window, type user names that match the names on the old computer.

  17. Click to select the destination drive for each source drive location (for example, the primary hard drive).

  18. Click Start to begin the transfer.

  19. Click Close.
    Windows Easy Transfer has completed moving the files.





Transfer Files using a CD or DVD-R/RW and Windows Easy Transfer

  1. On the computer from which you want to transfer files, click Start.

  2. Hover over All Programs, and click Windows Easy Transfer.

  3. In the Windows Easy Transfer window, browse to the removable media or network drive containing the wizard files, and double click migwiz.exe.
    Note:

    If you have any programs open, you are prompted to close them. You can opt to save your work in each program and close them individually, or you can click Close All in Windows Easy Transfer to close all running programs at once.
  4. Click Next.

  5. In the Choose your media window, click Burn a CD or DVD.
    Note:

    Both computers must support the transfer method you choose. For example, both computers must have a working CD or DVD drive.
  6. Type the path to the writeable CD or DVD media, and click Next.

  7. Click Everything - All User Accounts, Files and Program Settings (recommended), all files and settings are selected to be transferred.

  8. Click Start, the CD or DVD burn process starts.

  9. Click Next, windows Easy Transfer moves the files.

  10. Click Close once the move is complete.

  11. Eject the CD/DVD from the old computer, and insert it into the new computer.

  12. In the Windows Easy Transfer window, click Next and then click Continue a Transfer in Progress.

  13. In the Where did you copy your files window, click Read CD or DVD, and type a user name that matches the user name on the old computer.

  14. Click to select the destination drive for each source drive location (e.g., the primary hard drive).

  15. Click Start. The transfer begins.

  16. Click Close. Windows Easy Transfer has completed moving files.



 


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Article ID: SLN119997

Last Date Modified: 04/04/2016 08:37 AM


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