This article provides information on "Transferring data with Windows Easy Transfer" - applicable to Microsoft OS up to and including Windows 8.1 (Win10 exempt)
With Windows Easy Transfer, you can transfer your information from one computer to another, including user accounts, files, folders, photos, music, and videos, and, depending on the operating system, email messages, contacts, Windows and Internet settings, and Internet favorites. Software programs are not transferred. Windows Easy Transfer cannot transfer files between a 64-bit version of Windows and a 32-bit version of Windows. Instead, files need to be transferred manually using external storage devices. See below for the different methods of transferring data between computers:
To use this method, connect the USB Easy Transfer Cable on both computers. Always start Windows Easy Transfer on the new computer first nd follow the on-screen instructions. If the old computer is using a different Windows operating system, Easy Transfer will display instructions on how to download the Windows Easy Transfer software to the other computer, and will guide you through the transfer process.
When using this method, both computers must be connected to the same home or business network. On your new computer, start Windows Easy Transfer and then follow the on-screen instructions.
To transfer files directly over a network without copying to and from a network location, a Windows Easy Transfer key is necessary. The key helps protect files and settings when you transfer them over the network.
When using this method, Windows Easy Transfer estimates how much disk space is needed on the USB flash drive or an external hard drive to transfer your selections.
If you are using a USB flash drive, try to use one with enough storage space for the entire transfer. If you do not have enough storage space on the USB flash drive for the entire transfer, copy as many files as possible and then repeat the process until you have transferred all of your files and settings.
When using this method, Windows Easy Transfer estimates how much disk space and now many CD/DVD discs are necessary for transferring your selections. Both computers must be able to read and write the same type of CD/DVD format.
After logging onto the user account with administrator rights and choosing a method for transferring your data between two computers, start Windows Easy Transfer by using the one of following methods, and then follow the on-screen instructions.
Transferring files and settings using the USB Easy Transfer Cable requires that the cable be connected between both the old and new computer.
You have the option to use a network to transfer large quantities of files and settings to another computer with one simple process. Make sure you have logged into the old and new computers with administrator authority. On each computer connect an Ethernet cable to a router so that they share the same network. Start Windows Easy Transfer on both computers. On each computer, indicate "Which computer are you using now?" you will be prompted to enter a Windows Easy Transfer key provided by the old computer also running the Windows Easy Transfer feature. After entering the key, you will have the option to customize which data and settings you would like to transfer.
You have the option to use a USB drive or external hard drive, or CD/DVD Drive to transfer files and settings from your old computer onto your new computer. Make sure that there is enough space on the drive to complete the transfer. This will avoid repeating transfers.
1 - CD/DVD Drive
2 - USB Drive
Completing file transfer
After you have followed the onscreen instructions for the method you choose to use on Windows Easy Transfer, you can click Customize to decide what specific files and settings you would like to have transferred from your computer.
The Protected Content Migration window will appear after you have customized and clicked Transfer. You will be prompted to enter the password of the account being transferred. This is to protect the files from being transferred without the owner's permission.
Your customized transfer will be complete once you have finished the process and should be able to access the files and settings that were transferred.
Article ID: SLN288708
Last Date Modified: 04/03/2018 07:25 AM
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