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Migrate XP to Windows 7 with Easy Transfer and a USB Drive

If you’re running XP and skipped the Vista update and need a good way to transfer files and settings, today we take a look at using Windows Easy Transfer and an external USB drive to easily complete the task.

Start Windows Easy Transfer

Start with the new Windows 7 machine and go to Start \ Getting Started \ Transfer your files. 

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Click through the Welcome screen and select “An external hard disk or USB flash drive”.

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Next choose “this is my new computer”.

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Answer this screen as No.

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Select “I need to install it now” to install Windows Easy Share now so you get the latest updated version.  At this point you want to make sure the external drive you want to use is plugged into the Windows 7 machine.

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Now choose “External hard disk or shared network folder” to copy the Easy Transfer program to it.

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After the Easy Transfer file is copied over you will be prompted to head over the old computer.

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Configure XP Transfer Process

Now over on the XP machine plug in the external hard drive and launch Easy Transfer.

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You’re presented with a progress display while it prepares to run.

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A Welcome screen is displayed just like on the Windows 7 machine.

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Again choose “An external hard disk or USB flash drive”.

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After scanning the user accounts and their settings you’re presented with a general list where you can select what to save.

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Clicking on the Advanced link allows a much more detailed way to select individual files and folders, when complete click on Save.

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You have the option to password protect the backup.

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A successful save is complete and now time to go back and plug the external drive into the new Windows 7 machine.

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Restore Settings

On the Windows 7 machine this time click Yes to this question.

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Explorer opens and navigate to the location of the backup on the external drive.

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Now you can restore the entire backup or you can chose specific files and folders to restore, save your selection and begin the transfer.

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When the transfer is complete you can see a report of what transferred or suggestions for additional programs

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Not all programs and settings are going to transfer to your new OS but this definitely makes it easier to transfer compatible program settings, your files, folders and important documents.

Also check out: Copy Files and Settings from XP to Windows 7 Over a Network with Windows Easy Transfer

Brian Burgess worked in IT for 10 years before pursuing his passion for writing. He's been a tech blogger and journalist for the past seven years, and can be found on his about me page or Google+

  • Published 08/12/09

Comments (63)

  1. Nikhil

    Why did I get a 100 popups of “Choose a digital Certificate” during the migration file creation process in XP!
    That too, there’s no option to choose in the popup… no digital certificates! I could only cancel!
    And I had to do this every few seconds throughout the process!

  2. Harold

    I have seen software for about $25 that claims you can transfer your programs from XP to Windows 7. I sure would like to avoid a complete re-install as I have so many apps — many too from Giveawayoftheday.com — One time install!

  3. karim

    I have a MacBook Pro w/ Windows XP on Parallels VM . I will install Windows 7 as another Parallels VM.
    Once thats done, how may I transfer my programs and files from the XP to the 7 VM ?

  4. Steve

    Microsoft has a link (http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=2B6F1631-973A-45C7-A4EC-4928FA173266&displaylang=en) for “Windows Easy Transfer for Windows XP”. Installing Easy Transfer on the old machine from there and setting up the data on the portable drive would simplify things if you don’t want to have both computers running at once (i.e. only have one good place to set up or only have one monitor, and you want to pack away the old system and put in the new one). Or is there some reason that wouldn’t work?

  5. Eckerlin

    Steve, be careful. The Link that you showed will probably download an old version of EasyTransfer.

    Its probably better to download EasyTransfer from
    http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows7/products/features/windows-easy-transfer

  6. Gary

    Would it make more sense to install your applications on the Win 7 computer prior to attempting the Easy Transfer?

    I would think that the user preference settings being transferred would need to know where they belong on the new hard drive.

  7. ArtIsHere

    I used Easy Transfer to move my files from my old XP PC to my new Windows 7 PC with an external hard drive and everything worked perfectly. When I went to log in to my new PC, after logging out, Windows 7 wouldn’t recognize my Password. Had to reinstall Windows 7.

  8. Rich

    I want to dual boot XP and Windows 7, and want to share the same My Documents files between accounts on both OS.
    Will Easy Transfer be useful for me, so should I avoid it?

  9. Madman

    Never got a “NEED TO INSTALL” popup after the previous “YES plug in flash drive????????????? Already had my DOCUMENTS from XP on a flash drive(18Mb) , so why would I want to go back to the old computer again to do what???

  10. Phrogg

    After reading your not very “easy” directions and the following comments, I’ve decided to use the old way – reinstall everything. It may take more time, but it’s very reliable.

  11. A Hardcastle

    Can I delete “windows easy transfer-items from old computer.MIG?

  12. hdef

    thaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaanx

  13. Enrique

    have anyone know how to do the opposite? I had XP and changed to W7 but my computer wasn’t performing the same. I got all my files with essay transfer but now that I went back to XP it doesn’t recognized the files any suggestions?

  14. Patrick Dacre

    This is ok, IF there is applications compatibility across the board, which would be ‘unusual’ to say the least, from XP to Windows 7. This sort of ‘shortcut’ mentality, is what makes most folks go a little nutsy, when they find out the O/S is transfered, the files are there, yet the applications, at least 3 major steps forward, handle their files differently. That is what makes the User experience so difficult to migrate, NOT an O/S shift. Sheesh.

    Patrick

  15. herbert J Fellows

    Windows cannot open the easy transfer file after 2 hours of doing it! This complaint is all over the internet, starting around 3/09, but no response at all from Microsoft.

    Also,it transferred 40 gb of info to the new file which won’t open.
    However, when I add up just ‘my pictures’, ‘my music’ and ‘my documents’ they come to 52 gb. So ‘easy transfer isn’t transferring all my documents or what?? I don’t get it. Of course, if I could actually open the file, I could at least see what was transferred, but I can’t! A total waste of time, IMHO. Not only doesn’t it work, if it did work, it would be incomplete!

  16. Needing Advice

    I have XP installed on my pc. It was built for me last year, and I decided at the time to use the XP I’d used on my old pc. Everything works fine, but I was considering upgrading to WIndows 7. The instructions here seem to explain how to transfer files from an old pc to a new pc. What I’m considering doing is just upgrading the one pc. I no longer have my old pc (it’s gone to the great workshop in the sky). Is it possible to use Easy Transfer to upgrade (using an external drive), or am I better just uninstalling XP, installing WIndows 7, and then all my applications etc (which are considerable) ? I’m dreading the time and effort it would take to do the full uninstall/re-install bit (done it before and it takes absolute ages to do, especially trying to set things back up the way you want them, I’m just hoping Easy Trasnfer would help speed things up. Would I still have to re-install applications ?

  17. Stephen

    After transferring my files from my old XP box to my new shiny Win 7 box I discovered that all my old folders where inaccessible, as if they had an access restriction but on them. How do I change the setting? I get a “Unable to saved permission changes on My Documents. Access is denied.”
    Additionally, i am unable to migrate my Outlook mails from the old computer to my new computer Outlook 2010. any comments would be helpful.

  18. Sue

    I just bought a new HP laptop running Windows 7 and would like to transfer my pictures, assorted files, favorites and outlook contact list. My old pc OS is XP. Can I just use the transfer files option in the system tools library to copy them down to a flash drive then just copy them into the new PC. Is this just a too simplistic view? Also, I lost my outlook 2003 (one day it just wouldn’t launch) but I know the files with my old mail/contact list is out there in a hidden file. Can I bring this over too? I don’t want to mess up my new computer if I can help it.

    Thanks for any help.

  19. Marjorie Ross

    My desktop is XP and my new laptop is windows 7

    I have some excel files and word files that I saved to my cruizer scan disk. I tried to access the files on the new laptop. For some reason, it doesn’t let me change the files. I would like to work with the ecel files and save them back on to my cruizer scandisk and use them on the desktop (xp).. How can I do this.

    Thank You

  20. MartinW

    If I upgrade from XP to windows 7 and re-install my microsoft office, can I just put the license number back in for it to work. How will it know that I am not putting it on another computer when I have used up all of my licenses.

  21. archie

    i used easy transfer on a win 7 machine t save my files. i re-installed windows 7 on that same machine and now easy tranter displays a message dat it could not open the file i saved previously, so now my files are all in that easy tranfer format and easy transfer cant open it.
    any help?????????????????????

  22. Kuli

    The biggest USB flash drive I have won’t hold the EasyTransfer file set. Will E-T recognize that and split the files, or do I need to go find a heftier flash drive?

    I’m tired of waiting to see what happens; it just keeps sitting there telling me not to use the old computer till it’s done.

  23. Dave

    When I transfer files to my new computer, do the files still remain the same on the old computer?

  24. David

    This is just an idea that im about to try: BEFORE setting up easy transfer on the xp computer you want to transfer from, try removing password(s) from account(s) and then canceling any encryption etc.. that was set on the folders (or maybe cancel that before removing password(s), i found that even when i want to remove encryption xp doesn’t always do it). Then go through the process.Like i said it’s just a WILD GUESS how to get around the non-accessible file problem and the protection on some office formats. If i remember to i’ll update here when i’m done.
    Cheers

  25. Michael

    I repair computers for my own business (CompTIA A+ Certified IT Technician, Network +, and in a year or so will pass the MCITP Enterprise Adminstrator and CCNA once I’m finished with school). I’ve never used Windows Easy Transfer (VIsta/7) or XPs old Files and Settings Transfer Wizard though I know how to and even have the special USB to USB cables. I’ve always used the tried and true way of copying the data to an external hard drive and then installing the data onto the new machine. This is foolproof. It goes like this: When your just using a computer you wouldn’t delete what you didn’t create or you might foul up your computer. The same holds true for when moving to a new PC. Go into My Documents, My Pictures, My Videos, My Music, and the Desktop and anywhere else YOU have stored data. Copy over YOUR created data, being sure not to miss important stuff that might be in those folders that an installed program might have created, for instance RealPlayer puts a folder on your PC, I believe in the Documents folder called RealPlayer downloads, you didn’t create it, RealPlayer did, so you wouldn’t want to copy over the whole folder, just double click the folder and find any downloaded videos that are there and copy those over. Do this for any “program-created” folders in My Documents, My Videos, My Music, My Pictures, and Desktop or wherever else you have stored files. Also if you use favorites in your browser you want to back these up so as to reinstall them on the new machine. If you use Outlook, iTunes, or any other programs that store YOUR created data Google how to back them up and how to restore them (so that you can restore them on the new machine.)

    You can then reinstall all your programs that you had on the old machine that you want on the new machine.Then now that you have all your data moved to the external hard drive connect it to the new machine and transfer that data to the appropriate folders.

    Easy Transfer doesn’t copy programs over, only files and settings. You will need to reinstall the programs any which way you transfer the data over, which can easily be the most time consuming aspect of transferring to a new PC. What Easy Transfer attempts to do is simplify the procedure I described above. Everything I’ve ever read about it is filled with complaints and Windows errors so I have never even tried it once. Configuring settings to me are no problem to redo and besides Windows Easy Transfer can only transfer some Windows settings and a few programs settings, not all of them.

    All in all, I believe WIndows Easy Transfer is cheating and confusing people on how a PCs data should be handled. It reminds me of the crapware that comes on new machines that most people promptly remove. Maybe one day someone will make me use it, but I don’t see it as a potential time saver, well maybe a 20% time saver if your lucky, but rather see it as more of a hindrance for the user learning how to use a PC properly.

    You don’t get “full reports of anything that didn’t migrate” when you do it right the first time.

  26. Michael

    More to add: If you do have LOTS of settings, special fonts, etc then maybe it would be a good thing to try Windows Easy Transfer, then if everything works fine your all set. If not, following my other post will get the job done. Just be sure to install every program you want installed on the new machine first, then do Windows Easy Transfer.

  27. mchlbk

    Do any of you know if this can transfer from Vista to 7 as well?

    In stead of upgrading I’ve installed 7 on a separate partition and I’d like to make sure everything works before I erase the Vista partition.

  28. doug

    Michael, Tell me again what your authority is again for all that rambling?

  29. JP

    I am trying to transfer from a laptop with XP Pro to a desktop with Windows 7. The problem I encounter is that uploading to an external drive worked well but now the downloading cannot take place. I get the message that there is not enough space on C (correct as I used the desktop before proceeding to this transfer) whereas D and E with 150 GB each are completely ignored! Is there a way to choose where to install the files?

  30. Enrico S.

    Hello.
    Yesterday, i used the Easy Transfer for the first time. A choosed to transfer my settings and documents, with my network. Because, i didn’t expect the long time to transfer those things. I choosed to cancel the transfer of my settings & documents. My question is now, what does the program when you cancel a transfer? Did he put the documents and settings back, like in the old state? Or did he leave his task, without undo?

    Thank you kindly.
    Enrico S.

  31. jc

    I have thousands of pics on my old xp laptop and want to copy them to my new windows 7 machine wo having to copy them to an intermediate device. Thought Easy Tranfer would be the ticket. It appeared that one could do a direct xfer with the easy transfer cable.

    But, I needed to get easy xfer onto my xp machine, so I stumbled my way to this cool site. But, in going through the instructions, it appears that after going through the process of downloading easy transfer to my old machine, I still have to download files to an external drive. And, it looks like folks are having lots of trouble doing that.

    So, contrary to being able to simply plug a cable from one machined to the other and doing a direct transfer, AND childishly claiming Michael was rambling, it appears that he was right on in giving simple instructions to do what I was going to do in the first place and not risk screwing up my puter. If I am missing something please educate me. In the meantime, I’m gonna save myself some time, money and potential grief by just doing it the old fashioned way.

  32. Brian Mallalieu

    The first time I tried to move across my document etc. files from my old XP laptop to my new W7 laptop was after being advised by a Dell engineer to use a external HD, rather than use the WET (inspite of the new Dell laptop pointing me to it in ‘Getting started’!). In my ignorance I tried to use the backup/restore facility and the resultant mess needed a complete re-format of the HD & re-install of everything, since the system could not be restored having lost it in the process!

    So, the next time I thought I would use the WET program, having read through the accompanying guide & mistakenly assumed it would be ‘a piece of cake’ (as the program title implied). I had quite naturally assumed (reasonably in my view) that Windows would know exactly what was needed and how to do it, so leave it to them! Starting once again on my old machine, I proceeded through the initial steps and it scanned my computer, copied the files and then asked me what I wanted to transfer. After clicking ‘Customise’ it presented me with with a list of 9 groups, some of which I didn’t know whether I ought to take them over or not, so consulting the Windows Knowledge Base (WKB) article for guidance I could not find any! It did not go into such detail, just where I needed it! I then clicked ‘Advanced’ and was given the long tree of folders and files, some of which had strange long names (probably registry ones?) as well as far more files than I had expected to be asked to choose from! How did I know what to choose & what was relevant or needed, especially when the WKB article failed to explain or guide me? So, I abandoned the process to seek more help.

    Having chatted briefly to another Dell engineer & another expert friend and been advised only to take My documents, pictures, music & videos but not to take accounts, settings, desktop, and other things that were specific to my old laptop and might conflict with my new laptop settings and intentions/requirements. I then attempted another WET process on my old laptop but even though I unchecked the groups which I had been advised to I was still left in Customise/Advanced with a lot of unfamiliar filenames instead of my saved documents and emails etc. which I am accustomed to. I have come to the conclusion that the so-called ET is not easy at all, except to those who are software geeks and other experts! After making such a hash of my first attempt I am naturally wary of messing my new laptop up again. Granted that many of the basic steps are indeed easy in WET, it is the choosing stage that requires the expert know-how and where much more guidance in very simple terms is needed for dumbo’s like me! Any ideas where it can be found online, please?

  33. innertrader

    I was going to make the data transfer via “Easy Transfer” using a USB data transfer cable, until I read all of the problems people are having here! Now I think I’ll just do it the old way!!! It’s hard for me to believe that at this day and time, that this is even a issue! MS should have made it easy to do by this time! Plus I bought a new HP 8500 printer and it’s the worse printer I’ve ever had. After three hours on the phone with HP, they told me, “Mr. Clayton, we cannot solve your problem!” I think it’s just representative of whats happening in all of the USA…. in almost every industry.

  34. Malcolm

    The first time I tried to move across my document etc. files from my old XP laptop to my new W7 laptop was after being advised by a Dell engineer to use a external HD, rather than use the WET (inspite of the new Dell laptop pointing me to it in ‘Getting started’!). In my ignorance I tried to use the backup/restore facility and the resultant mess needed a complete re-format of the HD & re-install of everything, since the system could not be restored having lost it in the process!

    So, the next time I thought I would use the WET program, having read through the accompanying guide & mistakenly assumed it would be ‘a piece of cake’ (as the program title implied). I had quite naturally assumed (reasonably in my view) that Windows would know exactly what was needed and how to do it, so leave it to them! Starting once again on my old machine, I proceeded through the initial steps and it scanned my computer, copied the files and then asked me what I wanted to transfer. After clicking ‘Customise’ it presented me with with a list of 9 groups, some of which I didn’t know whether I ought to take them over or not, so consulting the Windows Knowledge Base (WKB) article for guidance I could not find any! It did not go into such detail, just where I needed it! I then clicked ‘Advanced’ and was given the long tree of folders and files, some of which had strange long names (probably registry ones?) as well as far more files than I had expected to be asked to choose from! How did I know what to choose & what was relevant or needed, especially when the WKB article failed to explain or guide me? So, I abandoned the process to seek more help.

    Having chatted briefly to another Dell engineer & another expert friend and been advised only to take My documents, pictures, music & videos but not to take accounts, settings, desktop, and other things that were specific to my old laptop and might conflict with my new laptop settings and intentions/requirements. I then attempted another WET process on my old laptop but even though I unchecked the groups which I had been advised to I was still left in Customise/Advanced with a lot of unfamiliar filenames instead of my saved documents and emails etc. which I am accustomed to. I have come to the conclusion that the so-called ET is not easy at all, except to those who are software geeks and other experts! After making such a hash of my first attempt I am naturally wary of messing my new laptop up again. Granted that many of the basic steps are indeed easy in WET, it is the choosing stage that requires the expert know-how and where much more guidance in very simple terms is needed for dumbo’s like me! Any ideas where it can be found online, please?

  35. Ruben

    I had an old windows xp machine that crashed and burned (motherboard failed)… so i pulled out the hard drive, inserted it into a external usb enclosure and plugged it in to the new windows 7 machine. Is there any way to migrate the old files, programs, etc. onto the new machine? I can pull the files over easy enough but not the applications and the application data…

  36. John Fitz

    Unlike Michael above I have no certifications as I never felt the need to have an organization give me a piece of paper telling me that I know what I already know. However, I have been in IT for 15 years and can tell you that this tools works flawlessly and if you are not a huge nerd that wants to do things manually you should use it.

  37. Jerzy

    Any idea how to transfer Win XP Outlook Expres e-mails to Win 7 Windows Live Mail ?
    Easy Windows Transfer do not work.

  38. Answer to Jerzy

    Jerzy,
    Easy Transfer doesn’t work in this case , but there are other programs that can help you move your entire Outlook Express to Windows 7 like Zinstall XP7 (www.zinstall.com). It will transfer all files and programs to Windows 7 even if they are incompatible (like Outlook Express that doesn’t work on Windows 7 at all)

  39. Mike

    I’m somewhat knowledgeable but have never done a project this big. I want to upgrade my dest top from windows xp to windows7. plain and simple how do I not lose all my stuff? I have pic and things probally in different places. will I lose all my old programs? Please help me. I bought a family pack of windows 7 and upgrading one computer from vista to 7 thats easy but the xp one should I just leave it running xp? thanks. mike

  40. Chance

    The computer I built 2.5 years ago had four HDs, and XP with Office 2003. That system crashed and would not boot up. I purchased a new ½ TB HD, installed a fresh, clean Windows 7 (not an upgrade) and Office 2010. Now the issues ensue; I inserted the old XP boot up HD as a slave drive, I can see the files on this crashed drive looking through Windows7 but I can not boot XP to do an export of my address book and or contacts. I tried to import from the old Outlook 2003, via Outlook 2010 this was not happening since I was unable to locate and point at the “*.wab” files on the old drive. I understand that Outlook stores this info in various places and under many names and file id tags. Just like everyone else; I wish to retrieve all my email information; names, addresses, contacts… the very things we take for granted. How can I do this while not able to start my XP drive? Any true assistance will be appreciated!

  41. Al Crawford

    I want to copy my my XP drive to a win 7 machine but I want the XP computer to still have all my files and be usable.

  42. Cliff Gaskin

    Hello, and thanks for being here. BUT….. Iwould lioke to know if it is possible to get a PDF version of the article “Migrate XP to Windows 7 with Easy Transfer and a USB Drive ” This would be very helpful in my next transfer from XP to Win 7.

    Thanks in advance
    Cliff Gaskin

  43. eli

    Windows so called easy transfer starts with an ALRM taht it WILL NOT transfer easily between systems using DIFFERENT LANGUAGES; though it will offer to transfer some things after the alarm anyway;

  44. Bruce Hatch

    My old computer using XPpro sp3 motherboard died. How do I use the old hardrive to migrate to my new Win7HP64 computer

  45. jazzer

    It’s definitely not “easy transfer”.Been at it all day. Got nothing.

  46. Appmen

    Bruce Hatch, you may connect your hard drive via USB-to-IDE(SATA) cable or insert it in your PC if you know how. Then boot from your old hard drive install PickMeapp (www.pickmeapp.com) – it’s free, and capture your “old” applications. It is better to use USB drive to copy your files. Now boot from your new hard drive, install PickMeApp (or just copy it from USB flash – it is portable) and install your applications from USB flash

  47. DCC

    Huge undocumented failing of East Transfer: It will not transfer files over a LAN if either of the PCs is connected via wireless, no matter how fast it is. It simply won’t connect..

    You can spend an enormous amount to time with this undocumented “feature.” Always use wires. An external hard drive is perfect.

  48. Paulo

    what if I need to deliver my old computer (running Windows XP) before receiving the new one (with Windows 7 installed)?
    I have used the Files and Settings Transfer Wizard to collect my files from the old computer, and now I can’t recover them into the new one. The Easy Transfer did not recognize the files *.dat

  49. Todd

    Paulo,

    Just copy your files to a flash drive. Skip the wizard–don’t export them into a DAT file. When you get the new computer, copy the files to the My Documents folder.

    If you’re not sure what files to transfer, then you’re into a different realm. You’ll want to contact a professional or an experienced friend and have them do it for you.

  50. Todd

    I’ve used the transfer utility on a half dozen machines so far and it has worked pretty well. The latest set of machines doesn’t want to cooperate, so it’s not a perfect system. But I hardly think you need to scrap it entirely and do everything manually as a previous poster suggested. As an IT guy, it’s saved me a boatload of time as I can just fire off the transfer and walk away from it to attend to other tasks while it does its thing.

  51. michael green

    Hi,
    Can I copy my data files to my 2nd HDD(on the one PC) then install Windows 7 onto my No 1 Drive. Then can I access the data from my 2nd HDD stored under XP onto my new Win7 HDD.
    Or am I being stupid

  52. Pablo

    Hi,
    I have a question, I have my old pc with Windows XP 32 bits and I would like to migrate my data with Windows Easy Transfer (WET) to my new Windows 7 64 bits pc.

    It is possible? 32 bits to 64 bits, the same program works in both? or I have to use two different version of WET?

  53. Judy

    I need to transfer everything from one Windows XP to another Windows XP – will the above instructions work the same for that?

  54. Tony

    I am trying to figure out how to transfer Itunes and 10 or less pics and small files from a seagate external drive to my new HP desktop. I’m somewhat computer literate and have gone to the “transfer files” link through the start menu but it is telling me I need to hook up to the old PC I no longer have. I must be missing something? Any tips? Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thx

  55. JEH

    After turning on a new Mac, one of the first setup questions asks if you want to copy from your old machine. Simply connect the two with a firewire cable or network cable and EVERYTHING is copied faultlessly (99% of the time) to the new machine. Programs, Music, Documents, Favourites email etc.
    Then the old email and iTunes libraries are updated when the new programs are launched.

    Microsoft are so concerned with DRM and Copy protection etc that you’ll never have a nice experience. You aren’t legally even allowed to copy over your OEM MS Office for instance. With the Mac you can just ZIP up the MS Office folder from Applications, unzip it on a new Mac and it all just works (as SJ might say).

  56. Hasnain

    i love you , good work

  57. Reid

    Can you clone a hard drive with XP pro to a new machine with windows 7?

  58. Ken

    I’m a network manager and PC Tech. Being such I have at least the knowledge to know that I should never ask Michael to do anything for me !
    Windows Easy Transfer using a transfer cable, or network to do a direct copy does what it says on the box. Don’t be sucked into choosing what files, just transfer everything, then delete what you don’t need.
    From Win 7 to Win 7 and from Vista to Win 7 it works almost flawlessly. However from XP to Win 7 or Vista there are differences in the organisation of the profiles, and there can be some problems, especially with e-mail. For instance you transfer everything, then use Windows Live Mail to import from Outlook Express (whose files have been copied over) and all should be fine ? – Yes ? – NO!! Mail and settings are frequently lost. Outlook ? – can be even more problematical.
    What I do with e-mail is on the old computer install Thunderbird (from Mozilla), then import mail from Outlook or Outlook Express. Then I use a little programme called MoxBackUp (Google for it) and back up my mail. I install the same version of Thunderbird on the new computer and then install MozBackup and copy the backup to my new computer. Use a flash drive, or the network, or even do it as part of the Easy Transfer to move the MozBackup file from one to the other. Of course, there, I stay with Thunderbird, but you can quite easily import your Thunderbird mail and mail settings to Windows Live Mail or Outlook……. – Best solution is always to use Mozilla Thunderbird. Easy Transfer will transfer it no problem while mucking up MS’s own e-mail clients !! :)
    Another tip is when you download mail to your e-mail client, set it to always leave a copy on the e-mail company’s (hotmail, gmail, etc.) server. Yhis is easy to do with Thunderbird. That way you will never loose your mail !

    NOTE : You cannot use FAST (The XP transfer method) to transfer to Vista or Win 7, only to another XP computer and you must use the same version on both computers.

  59. phillip

    Is there any new update to the above info? I read every post and there is obviously some disagreement as to the best approach. I have a new Dell with Windows 7 Professional installed sitting here in the box. My old PC is an XP machine and I need to transfer the files. I intend to load the programs first into the new machind and then transfer the files over. Is there any other opinions or advice that anyone would like to share?

  60. Linda

    I want to transfer files using “Windows Easy Transfer” from my old XP hard drive to my new Windows 7 laptop. “Windows Easy Transfer” is not installed on the XP hard drive. The old computer motherboard died so I cannot install it (I think) on the hard drive. Or can I ???? Help! Thank you in advance.

  61. Linda

    I want to transfer files using “Windows Easy Transfer” from my old XP hard drive to my new Windows 7 laptop. “Windows Easy Transfer” is not installed on the XP hard drive. The old computer motherboard fried so I cannot install it (I think) on the hard drive. Or can I ???? Help! Thank you in advance. I think this is a similar question that has already been asked, but not sure of the answer. Thanks!

  62. Randy

    I used the transfer program to move files and folders from xp to win 7 now all of my sub folders are missing along with my contacts, and calender in outlook 2010 help

  63. Julie

    I can’t open any of the easy transfer files that I painstakingly transferred to laptop after a custom install of Windows 7 (from Vista). Any suggestions? I am weeks into this project, and want the pictures and itunes that are locked in WET format.

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