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Using Windows Easy Transfer To Help Migrate from Windows XP to Windows 7


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9. You are then presented with a further three options for how to transfer the files and settings. They are:

· CD

· USB flash drive

· External hard disk or to a network location


Remember to plug in the USB flash drive or you won’t be able to select it.

For this example, I am going to select USB flash drive, but the process is similar if you select one of the other options.

Whichever method you are planning to use, ensure you have enough free space to successfully perform the transfer.

10. Confirm the location of your USB drive and create and confirm a password, if you want to use one. Click Next to continue.


If you are going to perform the transfer immediately then you probably won’t want to bother with a password.

11. Choose what you want to transfer from the three options. They are:

· All user accounts, files, and settings

· My user account, files, and settings only

· Advanced options


The recommended setting is the All user accounts, files, and settings option. However, if you want to specify exactly what you want to transfer you can click on Advanced options and make changes. If you do make changes, click on Next to continue.


12. Review the selected files and settings and if you are happy with the selection click Transfer, otherwise click Back to make changes or click Customise to fine tune the selections.

Depending on how much you are transferring, the process can take some time – be patient and sit back and watch the progress, or go grab a cold drink.

13. When the transfer is complete, remove the USB drive, click Close.

If you are planning on performing a clean installation on the same computer you are currently using, you may want to take an extra copy of your files just in case!

Importing the Files and Settings

The following steps should only be performed once you have installed your selected edition of Windows 7.

1. Put the USB drive into the Windows 7 computer.

2. Launch the software by clicking on Windows Easy Transfer from the Start menu or by typing Windows Easy Transfer in the search box. This will bring up the Welcome to Windows Easy Transfer screen.

3. Click Next (you may be asked to close any programs that are currently running and may conflict with the transfer process).

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4. You will be asked what you want to use to transfer the items to your computer.

Remember that we used a USB flash drive, so this example will be using a USB flash drive to perform the import process.

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5. Click on An external hard disk or USB flash drive.

Andrew Edney
Andrew Edney
I am the owner and editor of this site. I have been interested in gadgets and tech since I was a little kid. I have also written a number of books on various tech subjects. I also blog for The Huffington Post and for FHM. And I am honoured to be a Microsoft MVP since January 2008 - again this year as an Xbox MVP.


  1. Thanks, very helpful, i have ordered a Dell Inspiron 15, 64 bit and need to tfr from 32 bit Vista. Presumably it is wise to transfer the bulky files eg videos/music separately and let easy transfer do the complex work ie internet settings (i assume that it will configure my sky wireless for me). Article very helpful USB sounds like the best route. Thanks again, please let me know if i have said anything stupid!!

    Best Wishes Stan

  2. Easy Transfer? More likr disaster transfer!!! It all started off nicely (transferring that is) piece of cake I thought then wham.Disconnected waiting to be connected and waiting and waiting tried several times to restar the procedure every time it would go nicely then disconnect. WASTE OF TIME AND GOOD MONEY!!!!

    • Niron

      I have used this procedure on many occasions and never had a problem.

      What exactly is going wrong for you?

      And what do you mean by connecting / disconnecting and waste of money?

      Are we talking about the same built in free piece of software in Windows?


      • Greetings Andrew

        Thanks for your response any help would be appreciated. I'm really getting frustrated especially when I see that other people on the net are having the same problem but no help available.I'm trying to transfer data files and setings from my XP computer to my new windows 7 toshiba laptop. Both computers can see that the easy transfer cable is connected that I brought for

        • Hi Niron

          now your comments make sense about the cost!

          right, I cant say I use the cable very often, I tend to use a USB drive to copy to and from as its quicker, easier, and I always have a backup!

          are you able to try it with a USB drive?

          if not, I dont know what to suggest….


  3. I used windows easy transfer to go from xp to windows 7. After converting to windows 7 I ran the old file. As Windows 7 did not have an email program I loaded windows live mail. I can not find any of my old emails or contacts. This is very frustrating because I had a ton of emails.. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

    • Anthony

      I assume you were using Outlook Express? It should have copied over your email file, im not sure why it didnt, especially if the results showed it did?

      Im not sure what to suggest other than to try contacting MS support and see if they can advise? It may be stored in a different name on the disk?


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