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How do I transfer data from one pc to another?

by BafflesU / February 22, 2014 6:37 PM PST

how do i transfer data from old pc running windows 7 to new pc running windows 8.1?

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Re: transfer data
by Kees_B Forum moderator / February 22, 2014 9:20 PM PST

The most common way, if you happen to have a broadband Internet connection with a router, is to make a home network and copy the files over.

But there is nothing wrong also with copying to an external hard disk or USB-stick on your old computer and copy from there to your new one.

Of course, the best way is to just copy them from your backup. If you didn't make a backup, it certainly is time to buy that external hard disk. First to transfer that data to your new PC, and after that to make backups to.


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Windows Easy Transfer?
by BafflesU / February 22, 2014 10:32 PM PST
In reply to: Re: transfer data

A tad confused after reading discussions about the use of Windows Easy Transfer when going to Windows 8.1. from Windows 7. Can I OR should I use this software in this process?

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MS offers the advice
by Willy / February 23, 2014 1:12 AM PST
In reply to: Windows Easy Transfer?

Google away of get on the MS website and search that topic. I know that post info on how its done, they make easier than you think and offer the "different" approaches depending on your materials at hand. Check it out...

tada -----Willy Happy

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Windows Easy Transfer is a "one size fits all" approach
by wpgwpg / February 23, 2014 1:26 AM PST
In reply to: Windows Easy Transfer?

I'm not a fan of it. When I tested it a few months back, it was slow, copied stuff I didn't need, and didn't copy my contacts & email. Was there something you didn't like about Kees' post? That hits the nail on the head - it's exactly what I do. If you're looking for an ultra simple way to do it, make a new folder and put everything you want to transfer it. They copy it to an external hard drive or flash drive, then remove that drive, connect it to the new Windows 8 system, and copy that folder to it. Doing the copies via a local network is even easier if you know how (and it's not rocket science) and probably faster.

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