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


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6. You will then be asked which computer you are using now – the new computer or the old computer. Click on the new computer.

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7. You will then be asked if Windows Easy Transfer has already saved the files to the drive. In my case, it has, so click on Yes.

If you haven’t performed the initial transfer from your old computer yet, now would be a good time to do it, assuming you still have access to your old computer.

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8. You will now have to browse your USB flash drive and select the transfer file, in my case it was called IMG0001, but yours may be called something different.

9. You will then be asked to choose what you want to transfer to this computer. By default everything is already selected for you, but if you decide that you only want to transfer certain things you can do so now. Make your selection and click Transfer.

The Advanced Options tab is used for mapping settings from a user account you might not yet have created.

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10. The transfer will now take place – this could take some time depending on the amount you want to transfer, as before just be patient. Another drink while you wait?

11. When the transfer has completed, you will be presented with the transfer is complete screen.

You can either chose to Close the program or view what has been transferred.

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It is a very good idea to check what has been transferred, just to make sure you haven’t missed anything.

12. Click on See what was transferred.

13. You will be presented with a report similar to the one shown below.

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14. Click on the Details link on each element to view more information.

And that is all you need to do.


Windows Easy Transfer can really help you to not only speed up how long it takes to move your data and settings to your new computer, but also probably more importantly, it ensures that you don’t forget anything.

It is very simple to use, only requires a few clicks of the mouse and believe me, is worth using.

This really is a must use application!

You can also use it whenever you want to do a clean installation of Windows and you want to keep all your files and settings – it will literally save you hours!

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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