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Transfer Files And Settings From XP Or Vista To Windows 7 With Easy Transfer And A USB Drive

If you’re running XP or Vista and need a good way to transfer files and settings, this is by far a easy way to do so. We will use Windows 7 Easy Transfer and an external USB drive or Flash drive to easily complete the task.

On the New Windows 7 Computer Click the Start Orb and in the search box type easy transfer.
Then click the Easy Transfer shortcut that appears.

Easy Transefer Launch From Windows 7

The Easy Transerer Program Starts
Click Next on the bottom of the window
Now select the 'An external hard disk or USB flash drive' option.

Easy Transfer Select USB Drive

On This screen select 'This is my new computer.

Eash Transfer Select Source Computer

Now on this screen select the 'No' Option.

Easy Transfer Files Not Saved Option

On This screen Select 'I need to install it now' to install Windows Easy Transfer To the External Drive. At this point you want to make sure the external drive you want to use is plugged into the Windows 7 Computer.

Install Easy Transfer Option

Next choose 'External hard disk or shared network folder' to copy the Easy Transfer program to it for your other computer to use. Note if you are using a Flash drive choose the 'USB Flash Drive' Option.

Easy Transfer Install To Drive Option

After the Easy Transfer program is copied over you will be prompted to move to the old computer.

Easy Transfer Install To Old Computer Notice

Now go to your old computer and plug in the external hard drive or Flash Drive and launch Easy Transfer.

Launch Easy Transfer Install To Old Computer

Easy Transfer will begin to install on your old computer.

Installing Easy Transfer

When the program is installed A Welcome screen is displayed just like on the Windows 7 computer. Click next to continue.

Easy Transfer Welcome Screen

Now again, choose 'An external hard disk or USB flash drive'.

Easy Transfer Select Drive Old Computer

After the program scans the user accounts and their settings you’re presented with a general list where you can select what items to save.

Easy Transfer Select Transfer Items

If you Click on the Advanced link a much more detailed way to select individual files and folders will appear. When complete click on Save.

Easy Transfer Select Transfer Advanced

On the next screen you have the option to password protect the backup. Leave the password fields blank if you don't wish to use a password, then click Save

Easy Transfer Password Screen

The Save now complete, go back and plug the external drive or Flash Drive into the new Windows 7 Computer.

Easy Transfer File Save Done

On the Windows 7 computer this time click Yes to this question.

Easy Transfer Select Yes Saved For New Computer

When explorer opens navigate to the location of the backup on the external drive.

Easy Transfer Load Backup File

Now you can restore the entire file backup or you can chose specific files and folders to restore, save your selection and begin the transfer.

Easy Transfer Files To Restore

Easy Transfer Files Install

When the transfer is completed you can see a report of what transferred or suggestions for additional programs.

Easy Transfer Completed Selection

Easy Transfer View Report

Not all programs and settings are going to transfer to the new OS but this definitely makes it easier to transfer compatible program settings, your files, folders and important documents.

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