When you purchase a new computer with Windows 8, there is an easy way to transfer your files, user accounts, email and favorites from your old computer to your new one by using Windows Easy Transfer.
Before you perform this process, you will need to purchase an inexpensive special cable specifically made to transfer to Windows 8. You can also purchase a different cable if you are transferring to a computer using Windows 7. Just be sure to purchase the cable made for the receiving operating system. I looked online and these cables are carried by several retailers across the Wasatch Front, including Best Buy, Walmart, K-mart and others. I must emphasize that you must purchase the correct cable, depending on the operating system of the receiving computer.
Now, connect the cable per the instructions included. Go to your Windows 8 computer (the receiving computer) and from the Start screen, move your cursor to the top or bottom-right, then click “Search” from the translucent Charm bar that appears. Type in “Easy Transfer” and then click “Windows Easy Transfer.” The Windows Easy Transfer dialog box will appear. It will indicate the type of information you can transfer. Click “Next.”
You are given several ways to transfer your data. Click “An Easy Transfer cable” and then click “This is my new PC.” You must install Windows Easy Transfer on your old computer before continuing. You can do this by using an external hard drive or USB flash drive. Follow the on screen instructions to complete this process.
Once you have the Windows Easy Transfer software installed on your old computer, open it by clicking the “Start” button, “All Programs,” “Accessories,” “System Tools” and then clicking “Windows Easy Transfer.” In Windows XP, this is located under All Programs. After it opens, click “Next” and then select “An Easy Transfer cable.” Follow the onscreen instructions and after your computer is scanned; you will be given the chance to select the information you want to have transferred. To choose specific files, select “Custom” under a specific user account and remove the checkmarks from any files you don’t want transferred.
When the transfer is complete, and depending on how much data you select, you should allow several hours for this to finish. You can see a report of everything that transferred by clicking “See what was transferred.”
There are a few things to keep in mind. First, I recommend you set a restore point on both computers you are using and having a backup of your personal files is always a good idea. Next, you cannot transfer from a system that is 64-bit to 32-bit system. You can see your “Bit” information on the “System” page in the “Control Panel.” And lastly, when transferring music and video files that you have purchased, the rights (“DRM” or “Digital Rights Management”) to those files may not be transferred, and you will need to obtain those from the place you purchased them. They will most likely offer how to do this on their websites.
Scott Lindsay actively promotes learning the computer, regardless of age, to better one’s life and circumstances and has helped thousands of people over the past 13 years to become better computer users. He can be reached at Scott@MicroScottPro.com.