Buying a new PC is a fun and exciting experience, that is until you realize your new PC will usually not come with all of your favorite software applications installed, nor the vast amount of personal data like your documents, music, photos and movies that are all perfectly organized like on your old computer.
Microsoft has a pretty cool application that has made the process of transferring data across computers a little less stressful (and thankfully pretty simple) for everyone. What’s cool is that you can also move data across different Windows versions i.e. from Windows 8, to Windows 7, to Windows Vista and even Windows XP. The application is called Windows Easy Transfer, a program that comes pre-installed in all versions of Windows after Vista. If you are using Windows XP or Windows Vista, you can download Windows Easy Transfer from the official Microsoft sites, here:>
Using Windows Easy Transfer you will be able to transfer all files and folders, email messages and settings, internet settings, program settings, user settings and all media files. However, you will not be able to transfer your favorite software programs such as games, antiviruses or web browsers. Some programs such as Spearit’s Move Me and Zinstall’s XP7 allow you to move both data and programs, although you are highly likely to experience some issues, such as compatibility problems. Most programs that require you to unlock or activate the product with the use of a license (or activation) key, such as your antivirus, probably won’t work. It is highly recommended to manually download and re-install all of your favorite programs from scratch so you can ensure you have the latest or correct versions, and don’t run into any compatibility issues.
Windows Easy Transfer allows you to transfer the data in three ways. There is a detailed tutorial explaining each process.
The first 10 steps of each method are exactly the same. Regardless of which method you decide to use, start with the following 10 steps:
If you have followed all steps correctly up to this point you should see this screen pop up:
The cable looks just like a USB cable with two similar ends and a “box” at the center. A cable costs around US$20 in the US (local prices may differ) and can be purchased in any electronics store or online. Note: A normal USB cable will not work.
Here are steps 11 through 19 of how to use an Easy Transfer Cable to transfer your data.
To use an external drive, CD or Flash Drive follow steps one through to ten above. Choose ‘No, show me more options’ and you should end up at the following screen:
Here are steps 11 through 19 of how to use an external hard drive/ CD/ Flash drive to transfer your data.
To transfer your data between computers over a network, again follow steps one through to ten above. Choose ‘No, show me more options’ and you should end up at the following screen:
Here are steps 11 through 19 of how to transfer data between your two computers over a network.
And, there you have it, a couple of simple and effective ways to transfer your data from your existing computer to your new computer. It may take some time, but it will be well worth it once you get all your data over and you get to play with your brand new, lightening fast, shiny new piece of equipment!
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