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Migrating user accounts from one computer to another with Windows Easy Transfer

By , June 30, 2009 11:40 pm

Windows Easy Transfer allows user to copy account settings, personal folders, E-mails and various personalize items from one computer to another. It is a good tool if you want to retain the same user experience when you change computer.

Windows Easy Transfer is also a great tool should you want to change the folder name in the Users folder (C:\Users\”account”) as it is not advisable to rename the folder and change registry settings.

To use Windows Easy Transfer for Windows 7

  1. Click on Start and type Windows Easy Transfer in the search box and press Enter.
  2. On the Windows Easy Transfer window, Click on Next on the Welcome screen
  3. Select An external hard disk or USB flash drive followed by This is my old computer.
  4. Wait for scanning to complete, select the user account that you wish to transfer and click Next
  5. Click on Save and navigate to the location to save your Easy Transfer file. Your account settings and files will then be copied into the Easy Transfer file.
  6. Click on Next when the transfer has completed. Click on Next again and Close.

    Note: Till this step, what Windows Easy Transfer has done is to make a copy of your current user account and store them to the Easy Transfer file. In the next few steps, you will be able to create a new account and extract the files into it.

  7. Launch Windows Easy Transfer again and click on Next on the Welcome screen.
  8. Select An external hard disk or USB flash drive followed by This is my new computer.
  9. Select Yes and navigate to the location of the Easy Transfer file that was created earlier.
  10. Select the user accounts to be transfered and click on Advanced Options.
  11. Select an existing user account on the computer or select Create User from the drop-down list to create a new account for the files to be transfered to.
  12. Click on Save and then Transfer. The settings and files will then be transfered to the specified user account.
  13. Click on Close on the Complete screen.
  14. Logon to your new account.

To use Windows Easy Transfer for Windows Vista

  1. Click on Start and type Windows Easy Transfer in the search box and press Enter.
  2. On the Windows Easy Transfer window, click on Next on the Welcome screen.
  3. Select Start a new transfer, folloed by My old computer, Use a CD, DVD, or other removable media and then External hard disk or to a network location.
  4. In the Choose a network location screen, type in the location you want to save the Easy Transfer file and click Next.
  5. Select My user account, files, and settings only and click on Transfer on the next screen.
  6. The transfer will start immedietely and you will be prompted to close Windows Easy Transfer when the transfer is done.

    Note: Till this step, what Windows Easy Transfer has done is to make a copy of your current user account and store them to the Easy Transfer file. In the next few steps, you will be able to create a new account and extract the files into it.

  7. Again, launch Windows Easy Transfer and click Next on the welcome screen.
  8. Select Continue a transfer in progress, followed by My new computer and then On an external hard disk or network location.
  9. Browse and locate the Easy Transfer file that you had created earlier and click Next.
  10. Select the user account you want to copy the files to, or alternatively you can provide a new user account name. Click on Next, then Transfer on the next screen.
  11. The account data will then be copied to the specified new user account. You will be prompted to close Windows Easy Transfer when the whole process has completed
  12. Logon to your new account.

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