Join David Rivers for an in-depth discussion in this video Using Easy Transfer, part of Migrating from Windows XP to Windows 8.
Backing up your files and settings like we did in the previous movie is necessary, should something go wrong during the Windows 8 installation. You'll always be able to revert back to your Windows XP environment. But, if the Windows 8 installation does go smoothly, you'll want to be able to transfer your files and settings from Windows XP to your new Windows 8 environment. And there's a tool to help you do that. It's called Windows Easy Transfer. We're going to take a look at it now. It's built right into Windows 8, so we don't have to worry about it once we get into Windows 8.
But here in Windows XP, it's a download that we need to install first. That's why I have my browser open here to Microsoft.com. From this page, we'll find the Search Field and click inside and type in Windows (SOUND) Easy Transfer. (SOUND) When you press Enter, the search results should bring up Windows Easy Transfer right at the top. There it is. So we'll give it a click, which gives us some information about it. You'll also notice down below for installing or downloading this, there are some options for Windows XP, as well as Windows Vista. And, there's also options for your 32 bit of 64 bit processor, depending on what you're running.
There's even a link here to find out what your old PC is, a 32-bit or a 64-bit system. I know mine's 32. So I'm going to be downloading for Windows XP, the 32-bit version. By clicking this link, we arrive at a new page here, where we get some additional info about Windows Easy Transfer. There's an overview, system requirements, instructions, et cetera. Really, all we need to do is make sure we have the correct language selected and click Download. Now this is going to download it and run it so it's installed on your computer. I've already gone through this process.
If you haven't, go ahead and download. You can pause and then resume once you have Windows Easy Transfer installed. So close up the browser once it's done and we should be able to go to our Start button now. Go up to All Programs and find Windows Easy Transfer. It might say Windows Easy Transfer for Windows 7, but it also works for Windows 8. We'll give it a click, which opens it up. And you can see our splash screen here gives us some information about what we can do with Windows Easy Transfer.
So we click Next to move on to the very first step. What do we want to use to transfer items to our new Windows 8 installation? Well, if you're going to be installing on the same computer, this first option is not going to be very useful. And that is through the use of an easy transfer cable. You can find them at most computer stores, that allows you to connect two computers to move files from one to the other. So if are going to be installing Windows 8 on another computer or you already have, you can attach the cable and just move the files over using that.
Or, you might want to use a network drive. If you are connected to a network, you can use easy transfer to send the single file containing all of your files and settings to a network drive. And then once you have your Windows 8 installation up and running, you can retrieve those files using Windows Easy Transfer in the Windows 8 environment. And the other option similar to this, is an external hard disk or USB flash drive. That's what most people will be using. That's what I have connected to my computer, a USB flash drive. I'm going to make this selection by clicking it. Obviously, this is our old computer.
So we're going to be retrieving files from this computer and then transferring them to the new computer. So step one here is to select, This is my old computer. And you can see there's a scan that's going on. It's checking to see what can be transferred and it could take a few minutes. It's going to look at the various accounts. Notice there's an owner account here, and no other account except for something called Shared Items. So it's going to scan through all the documents, emails, Internet Favorites, et cetera.
And that's going to come up with some results. You can see, as the owner account, there's about 90 megabytes. Under Shared Items, another 2.9 megabytes. What you'll notice is checkboxes down the left. If you don't care about shared items, you can deselect the checkbox. You can see now our transfer's down to 91.6 megabytes for me. Now, of course, it all depends on the number of files you have stored and the number of accounts. There's also a customize option. And clicking that allows you to pick and choose.
It also displays what's about to be transferred. Everything on your Desktop, your Favorites, your Documents, Music, Pictures, et cetera. So if there's anything here that you don't care about, like Windows settings, for example. Maybe you don't care about your Quick Launch options. And everything else is important, you can just leave those checked and you're ready to go. We'll close this up. Now, it's just a matter of clicking next. And remember, you can do the customized option for shared items, as well. When you click Next you have the option now.
This is not mandatory but you can add a password to protect the file that's about to be created. It is a single file containing all of your pictures and files and favorites and so on. So if you want to protect that while it's stored say on a USB drive or on a network drive you can add a password here. You'll have to type it in twice. Click the confirm password field and type it in again. And when you click Save, we now get to choose where it's going to be saved to. You'll also notice the filename is Windows Easy Transfer - Items from old computer.
It's clearly labelled. You can leave it as is but of you want to change it, you could. I'm going to remove everything to a removable disk, this is my USB flash drive. Also network connections will be available here. And you can go to my network even, to see other network connections. But once you've made your selection, click Open, and this is exactly where I want things to go, along with some other files that are on this particular drive. I'll click Save. And now, it's just a matter of sitting back and watching as it progresses. You can see, I shouldn't be using my computer until all of the items have been saved.
There is a progress bar showing me. And, eventually, it will complete and I will have created one single Easy Transfer file containing all of the options I selected, including files, pictures, music, settings, and so on. So depending on how much content you're actually storing in this Easy Transfer file, it could take from minutes to over an hour. You will find eventually a green check mark next to the options that were selected to be saved and at the bottom, a Next button that we can click to move on to the very next screen, which shows you that your transfer file is complete.
Also show you where you saved your file to. And just keep in mind, it's a single file that we'll be using, once we get into Windows 8, to restore our files and settings to that new environment. So we'll click Next. And, eventually, you'll come to the last screen that says Windows Easy Transfer is complete. And you can click the close button, knowing that you've transferred your files and settings ready to be used in the new Windows 8 environment. Of course, the next step is to install Windows 8. That's coming up next.
- Determining the best migration path
- Backing up your files
- Storing files with Easy Transfer
- Upgrading with the Windows 8 Upgrade Assistant
- Installing Windows on a new partition
- Restoring files and settings with Easy Transfer
- Connecting hardware devices