Transfer files and settings from another computer


Windows Easy Transfer is a step-by-step guide for transferring files and settings from one computer running Windows to another. It helps you choose what to move to your new computer, such as user accounts, Internet favorites, and e‑mail. It also lets you decide which method to use and then performs the transfer. For more information, see Transferring files and settings: frequently asked questions.

To open Windows Easy Transfer

If you're using an administrator account, you can open Windows Easy Transfer:

  • Open Windows Easy Transfer by clicking the Start button Picture of the Start button. In the search box, type Easy Transfer, and then, in the list of results, click Windows Easy Transfer. Administrator permission required If you're prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type the password or provide confirmation.

Note

  • If you're not using an administrator account, you can't open Windows Easy Transfer.

To open Windows Easy Transfer Reports

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

  1. Click the Start button Picture of the Start button.
  2. In the search box, type Easy Transfer Reports, and then, in the list of results, click Windows Easy Transfer Reports. Administrator permission required If you're prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type the password or provide confirmation.

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.