Transfer files and settings from another PC
Windows Easy Transfer moves files and settings from one PC running Windows to another. It guides you through the process of choosing how you want to move your stuff and what you want to move to your new PC, such as user accounts, files and folders, music, pictures, videos, email, contacts, Internet favorites, and program settings. And then it moves everything for you.
Here are a few things to do before you begin:
If you want to transfer files and settings from a PC running Windows Vista or Windows XP, you need to install Windows Easy Transfer on that PC. To find the download appropriate for your PC, go to the Microsoft Download Center.
Sign in to both PCs with an administrator account.
Decide which transfer method you'll use:
Easy Transfer cable that attaches to both PCs and simplifies the process. You can buy an Easy Transfer cable on the web, from your PC manufacturer, or at an electronics store.
Note: You can't use a USB cable.
A network that both PCs are connected to. You'll be given a Windows Easy Transfer key that helps protect files and settings while you transfer them.
A USB flash or external hard drive that is compatible with both PCs and has enough space for your data.
It’s a good idea to run antivirus and antispyware programs on your old PC before you transfer files. And after moving files, run those programs on your new PC to make sure no malicious software was transferred.
To transfer files and settings from your old PC to your new PC
On your new PC, open Windows Easy Transfer by swiping in from the right edge of the screen, tapping Search (or if you're using a mouse, pointing to the upper-right corner of the screen, moving the mouse pointer down, and then clicking Search), entering Easy Transfer in the search box, tapping or clicking Apps, and then tapping or clicking Windows Easy Transfer.
You might be asked for an admin password or to confirm your choice.
On the welcome screen, tap or click Next.
Choose the method you want to use for transferring your data, and then tap or click This is my new PC.
Choose whether your old PC is running Windows 7 or Windows 8 or you’ve already installed Windows Easy Transfer on a PC running Windows Vista or Windows XP.
On your old PC, open Windows Easy Transfer.
In Windows 7, click the Start button, in the search box enter Easy Transfer, and then, in the list of results, click Windows Easy Transfer.
In Windows Vista, click the Start button, click All Programs, click Accessories, click System Tools, and then click Windows Easy Transfer.
In Windows XP, on the taskbar, click Start, point to All Programs, and then click Windows Easy Transfer.
On the welcome screen, tap or click Next.
Select the same method of transfer, and then follow the instructions on the screen. If you’re using a cable or external drive, Windows Easy Transfer will let you know when to plug it into your PCs.
After Windows Easy Transfer scans your PC, it automatically selects all user accounts, file types, and program settings it can transfer. Clear the check box next to any user accounts you don’t want to transfer. To choose specific files, tap or click Customize under a user account, and then clear the check boxes next to anything you don’t want to transfer.
When the transfer is complete, you can see a report of everything that transferred by tapping or clicking See what was transferred. Then, to see a list of programs you might want to install on your new PC, tap or click the Program report tab.
Windows Easy Transfer can't transfer files from a 64-bit version of Windows to a 32-bit version of Windows. In that case, you need to move your files manually.
You need to use a USB flash drive or external hard drive to move files, email, and favorites to a Windows RT PC. Windows Easy Transfer can't move settings to or from a Windows RT PC.
If your old PC has a different language setting than your new PC, Windows Easy Transfer only transfers data, not program settings.
Windows Easy Transfer moves your music and video files, including files protected by digital rights management (DRM), but it doesn't move the licenses for these files. To reobtain rights to the files, contact the provider of the files. Some online stores offer this and might call it computer activation, computer authorization, library restoration, license synchronization, or something similar. The procedure for restoring your digital rights varies from store to store. A store might limit the number of times you can restore your rights, or it might limit the number of PCs on which you can use the songs or videos you've gotten from them. Some stores don't permit you to restore rights to protected files at all. For details about store policies, refer to your store's customer support or Help info. If you got your music or videos from a store that's no longer in business, you won't be able to restore your rights to that content.