[How To] Using Easy Transfer to Migrate Data Between XP, Vista, & Windows 7

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The awesome how-to-geek shared a very detailed step-by-step tutorial on Migrating XP to Windows 7 with Easy Transfer and a USB Drive. However, it missed one important piece of information.

Windows Easy Transfer is an add-on tool originally designed by Microsoft to help users who still use Windows XP to automatically copy their files, photos, music, e-mail, settings, and much more to Windows Vista, and is built  right into system since Vista as part of the Getting Started toolset from default Start menu.

To actually migrate data from XP to Windows 7, you will have to download this tool from Microsoft and install it on XP to save the data on the external drive first. Or the tutorial from how-to-geek is generally only useful for migrating data between Windows 7 computers.

There is a few things worth noting:

  • The tool can save all user profiles at once, so make sure the account you log in has the rights read all user profiles data. A user account that is part of local admin group may be useful in this case.
  • All saved data is wrapped in one file protected by the password you inputted during the first step. Make sure you remember the password or the data will be just the same as the garbage.
  • And because all data is wrapped in one file, there is no way telling what files are saved and what aren’t. So make sure not to wipe out the old computer until you sure all data are safely transferred.

That’s it. Happy migrating.

Migrate XP to Windows 7 with Easy Transfer and USB Drive [via how-to-geek]

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