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Using Windows Easy Transfer (Windows 7)

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This document applies to HP and Compaq computers with Windows 7.
This document explains how to transfer your personal data between two computers using Windows Easy Transfer. Windows Easy Transfer is a way to transfer your information to another computer, including user accounts, files, folders, e-mail messages, contacts, Windows and Internet settings, Internet favorites, photos, music, and videos. Software programs are not transferred.
NOTE:You can use Windows Easy Transfer to transfer information to a computer running Windows 7 from computers with one of the following operating systems:
  • Windows 7
  • Windows Vista
  • Windows XP Service Pack 2 (SP2) or Service Pack 3 (SP3)
NOTE: Windows Easy Transfer cannot transfer files between a 64-bit version of Windows and a 32-bit version of Windows. Instead, files need to be transferred manually using external storage devices. To find the version of Windows on your computer, see Is the Windows Version on My Computer 32-bit or 64-bit? .

Step 1: Determining the best transfer method

Windows Easy Transfer supports several methods to transfer your files and settings. Be sure to choose a method that works on both computers.
Windows Easy Transfer supports the following transfer methods:
  • USB flash drive or external hard drive. To use a USB flash drive, you need a USB port on each computer. If you use an external hard drive, it must be compatible with both computers.
  • Easy Transfer Cable. You need a special USB cable designed to work with Windows 7 and Windows Easy Transfer, and a USB port on each computer. If you do not have an Easy Transfer Cable, you can order one online or get one at an electronics store. The Easy Transfer Cable is supported on Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7 computers.
    NOTE:A standard USB cable cannot be used to transfer files and settings between computers.
  • Network. Both computers need to be connected to the same wired or wireless network and both computers must be able to share files and folders.
To decide what method to use, consider how much information you are transferring. If you are transferring everything from all users on the computer, or all of your user account files, an Easy Transfer Cable, external hard drive, or a network works well. If you are transferring only a few files or folders, a USB flash drive works well.

Step 2: Opening Windows Easy Transfer on the new computer

Complete the following steps on the new Windows 7 computer to open Windows Easy Transfer.
NOTE:Before performing the following steps, disconnect both computers from the Internet and temporarily disable any firewall software that might be running.
  1. On the Windows 7 computer, click Start , then type Windows Easy Transfer into the Search box. Click Windows Easy Transfer .
    Figure 1: Opening Windows Easy Transfer
    Opening Windows Easy Transfer through Search
  2. In the Welcome window, click Next to continue.
    Figure 2: Welcome to Windows Easy Transfer
    Easy Transfer Welcome screen
  3. In the next window, select the method to use to transfer items.
    • An Easy Transfer cable - A special USB cable you can purchase to transfer files from one computer to another. You cannot use a regular USB cable to transfer files with Windows Easy Transfer.
    • A network - Transfer files over a network.
    • An external hard disk or USB flash drive - Use the storage space on an external hard drive or a USB flash drive.
    Figure 3: What do you want to use to transfer items to your new computer?
  4. Click This is my new computer .
    Figure 4: Which computer are you using now?
    Which computer are you using now?
  5. In the next window, click No .
    Figure 5: Has Windows Easy Transfer already saved your files from your old computer?
    Has Windows Easy Transfer already saved your files from your old computer?
  6. In the next window, choose whether to install Windows Easy Transfer on the old computer.
    If your old computer uses Windows 7, select My old computer is running Windows 7 . Skip this section and proceed to Step 4 .
    If your old computer uses Windows XP or Windows Vista, select I need to install it now . Continue with the next step.
    Figure 6: Do you need to install Windows Easy Transfer on your old computer?
    Do you need to install Windows Easy Transfer on your old computer?
  7. Select the location to save the Windows Easy Transfer files to install on your old computer. If using an external hard disk or a USB flash drive, plug it into the new computer before selecting.
    Figure 7: How do you want to install Windows Easy Transfer on your old computer?
    How do you want to install Windows Easy Transfer on your old computer?
  8. Browse to the folder on the external hard disk, network, or USB flash drive to save the Windows Easy Transfer files. Then click OK .
    Figure 8: Browse for folder on USB flash drive
    Browse for folder on USB flash drive
    Windows Easy Transfer copies the files and displays the progress on the screen.
  9. When Windows Easy Transfer is done copying the files, a window opens instructing you to install Windows Easy Transfer on the old computer.
    NOTE:Do not click Next until you have Installed Windows Easy Transfer on your old computer and saved the files to transfer to the new computer.
    Figure 9: Install Windows Easy Transfer on your old computer
    Install Windows Easy Transfer on your old computer
  10. If using an external hard disk or USB flash drive, remove it from the computer.

Step 3: Install Windows Easy Transfer on the old computer (Windows XP and Vista only)

If your old computer uses Windows 7, skip this section and proceed to Step 4 .
Complete these steps on the old computer to install Windows Easy Transfer from a USB storage device or external hard drive.
  1. Connect the USB storage device or external drive now.
  2. If an AutoPlay window opens, click Install Windows Easy Transfer onto your old PC .
    If AutoPlay did not open, browse your external hard drive or USB storage device using Windows explorer and double-click Windows Easy Transfer .
    Figure 10: AutoPlay
    AutoPlay window
  3. When the installation has finished, go to the next Step.

Step 4: Collecting files and settings from the old computer

After you have installed Windows Easy Transfer on the old computer (not necessary if the old computer is running Windows 7), follow these steps on the old computer to collect the files and settings to transfer to the new computer.
  1. In the Welcome window, click Next .
    Figure 11: Welcome to Windows Easy Transfer
    Easy Transfer Welcome screen
  2. In the next window, select the method to use to transfer items:
    • An Easy Transfer cable - A special USB cable you can purchase to transfer files from one computer to another. You cannot use a regular USB cable to transfer files with Windows Easy Transfer.
    • A network - Transfer files over a network.
    • An external hard disk or USB flash drive - Use the storage space on an external hard drive or a USB flash drive.
    Figure 12: What do you want to use to transfer items to your new computer?
  3. Select This is my old computer .
    Figure 13: Which computer are you using now?
    Which computer are you using now?
  4. Windows Easy Transfer scans the user accounts to find all the files and settings that can be transferred. When complete, click Next .
    Figure 14: The files and settings have been saved
    The files and settings have been saved
  5. Optionally, type a password to protect the Windows Easy Transfer file. Then click Save .
    Figure 15: Enter a password
    Enter a password
  6. Browse to the location on the network drive, external hard disk, or USB flash drive to save the transfer file, and then click OK .
  7. When the transfer file is complete, click Next , and then click Close .
    Figure 16: Your transfer file is complete
    Your transfer file is complete

Step 5: Transferring files and settings to the new computer

Follow these steps to transfer the files and settings:
  1. Do one of the following, depending on how you want to transfer the files and settings:
    • Connect the Easy Transfer cable to both computers
    • Plug in the USB flash drive or external hard drive to the new computer
    • Using the new computer, browse to the network folder where you saved the transfer file
  2. The Windows Easy Transfer window should still be open on the new computer. If it is not, open Windows Easy Transfer again and click Next .
    NOTE:The following instructions are based on transferring data from a computer using Windows XP to a computer using Windows 7 with a USB flash drive. If you are using different versions of Windows or a different transfer method, your screens may be different.
    Figure 17: Install Windows Easy Transfer on your old computer
    Install Windows Easy Transfer on your old computer
  3. On the next page, click Yes .
    Figure 18: Has Windows Easy Transfer already saved your files?
    Has Windows Easy Transfer already saved your files?
  4. If you used a password when you saved the transfer file, enter the password and then click Next .
    Figure 19: Enter the password
    Enter the password
  5. Select the user accounts to transfer, and then click Transfer .
    Figure 20: Choose what to transfer
    Choose what to transfer
  6. Windows Easy Transfer transfers the files and settings to the new computer.
    Figure 21: Transferring items
    Transferring items
  7. When the transfer is complete, you can see a report of the files that were transferred or a list of programs that you might want to install.
    Figure 22: Transfer is complete
    Transfer is complete
    • Click See what was transferred to view a transfer report listing the files and settings that were transferred.
      Figure 23: Transfer report
      Transfer report
    • Click See a list of programs you might want to install on your new computer to view the program report.
      Figure 24: Program report
      Program report
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