How to get an Easy Transfer cable

You can buy an Easy Transfer cable on the web, from your computer manufacturer, or at an electronics store. Using an Easy Transfer cable to move files and settings from your old computer to a new one helps simplify the transfer process. Windows Easy Transfer is designed to work with the Easy Transfer cable. You'll see instructions about when to plug the cable into each computer during the transfer process. For more information, see Transfer files and settings from another computer and Transferring files and settings: frequently asked questions .


  • You cannot use a regular universal serial bus (USB) cable to transfer files and settings with Windows Easy Transfer.

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