How does Windows Easy Transfer make setting up a computer easier?

Windows Easy Transfer helps you move your many files, folders, and program settings from one computer to another—all in one process.

Using Windows Easy Transfer, you can choose to move:

  • user accounts

  • documents

  • music

  • pictures

  • e–mail

  • Internet favorites

  • program settings

When the transfer is done, Windows Easy Transfer Reports shows you what was transferred and provides a list of programs you might want to install on your new computer, as well as links to other programs you might want to download. When you've finished moving your files and settings to your new computer with Windows Easy Transfer, your new computer will have your familiar files, folders, and program settings—and that makes getting back to work much easier.


  • You can only open Windows Easy Transfer if you're using an administrator account.

  • You can view your Transfer Reports anytime after your transfer is complete.

Windows Easy Transfer can't transfer files from a 64-bit version of Windows to a 32-bit version of Windows. If you're transferring from a 64-bit version of Windows Vista to a 32-bit version of Windows 7, you can move your files manually or use Backup and Restore in Windows Vista. For more information, see Back up your files and Restore a backup created on a previous version of Windows on the Windows website. If you're transferring from a 64-bit version of Windows XP, you'll need to move your files manually.

To learn more about Windows Easy Transfer, see Transfer files and settings from another computer and Transferring files and settings: frequently asked questions.