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Transfer from one computer to another

by Boorsman / February 19, 2016 1:49 PM PST

I just bought a new laptop. I want to transfer my files from my old laptop to my new laptop. Both are running Windows 10. I have tried looking all over the Web, but all I find is transferring files from a computer running Windows 7 or 8 to a computer running Windows 10. I have a Micra Digital USB transfer cable that isn't working. Neither computer recognizes the cable.

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if you have wifi
by renegade600 / February 19, 2016 2:39 PM PST

if you have wifi, all you have to do is it the home network up and just transfer files between computers. also with a bit of common sense you can make the instructions work that you found to transfer between win8 and win 10. It is the same process.

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Re: transfer files between computers
by Kees_B Forum moderator / February 19, 2016 2:57 PM PST

If no luck with the home network, the easy way is to use an external hard disk or USB-stick as a go-between.
The big advantage is that you can use that same device as a backup medium. That greatly reduces the risk that you lose your data due to a hardware malfunction, malware or accidental delete.

In fact, quite a lot of people would use their existing backup (on a disk, stick or in the cloud) as the source to copy data to the new laptop. Although, if it's in the cloud, it's not even really necessary to have it on your laptop at all. But that depends on the data, and how much it is.


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Re: transfer files between computers
by Boorsman / February 19, 2016 4:45 PM PST

How would I transfer with my home network?

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Re: home network
by Kees_B Forum moderator / February 20, 2016 1:16 AM PST

Two options in Windows:
1. Define a homegroup and join your 2 computers to it.
2. Share folders between computers.

If you don't know how, and the help available in Windows and on and via google is not sufficient, I recommend the 2-step approach and use a USB-stick or an external hard disk to copy to and from.


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Remember that it is unlikely that you can successfully
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / February 20, 2016 6:43 AM PST

transfer your programs (apps) from the old computer to the new one.

Documents, pictures, music and movies can be transferred easily from one Documents/pictures/music/movies folder to the other and still be usable on the new machine.

With apps and programs, it's best to reinstall from the original media.


Post was last edited on February 20, 2016 6:44 AM PST

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