I need to transfer user files from one computer to another

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  1. Posts : 75
    Windows 10 Version 1909 (os build 18363. 1316)
       #1

    I need to transfer user files from one computer to another


    My elderly friend has an old HP, and bought a new HP computer (Boxed) kit with Win 10 built in.
    I, as the local computer wizard am tasked with moving her data from the old to the new. (She lives 35 miles of traffic away.) There is a back up drive attached to the old one, but I'm wary of using it. I plan on using a spare external back up drive to "copy from old, paste to new".

    Quick and simple is my goal. My guess is she has less than 1/4 terabyte in user data.

    Which is the best way to go:
    Transfer "user" files
    Transfer "Libraries" or just copy docs, pics, videos, etc.


    Thanks in advance. Sorry about the lack of specs.
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  2. Posts : 34,963
    Win 10 Pro (1903) (2nd PC is 21H2)
       #2

    Depends where she stores her data and how many other drives there may be.

    Then think email-favourites-passwords- program license codes that may be needed on the new PC..passwords..

    You can transfer user profiles using e.g.
    Free PC transfer/migration software for Windows Computers - EaseUS(R) Todo PCTrans Free
    The free version is limited to 2 programs and 500Mb data.

    Once new PC is set up, consider at least creating a disk image of its initial state to an external drive.
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  3. Posts : 1,614
    Windows 10 Home
       #3

    You can also use TeraCopy for Source (DOCs, TXTs, XLS, etc.) to Target, however, as previously indicated, you need to know what directories were used for her data.
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  4. Posts : 6,917
    windows 10
       #4

    Is the old pc windows 10 if so set it to sync sign into new pc and windows will do it all for you if it has a ms. Account
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  5. Posts : 75
    Windows 10 Version 1909 (os build 18363. 1316)
    Thread Starter
       #5

    Ill check that out. Possibly in the box may be some software or instructions.
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  6. Posts : 12,429
    Win10 Version 21H2 Pro and Home, Win11 Pro
       #6

    To add, the default Libraries and Quick Access and the folders listed between This PC and the C:/boot/system drive are merely shortcuts to the actual folders in C:\Users\USERNAMEHERE [right-click to check the path], go there to copy the data. Always possible to have folders not located there so would need to 'read' the drive.

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  7. Posts : 17,733
    Win 10 Home 10.0.19044.1706 (x64) [21H2]
       #7

    I would NOT transfer the User files.


    I would just transfer, bookmarks, licenses, and things like pics, videos, important documents etc.

    You didn't say what OS was on the old computer (I'm assuming it has Windows 10 also).
    If any other OS, then definitely do not transfer User files.

    The main reason I say... do NOT transfer User files is that, with a brand new User profile, she will get a nice clean start.
    Also... right after you move things and update... make a backup.
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  8. Posts : 75
    Windows 10 Version 1909 (os build 18363. 1316)
    Thread Starter
       #8

    Im going to try the easiest route first - a cut and paste.

    But first of first I will put away my man card and read the documentation in the box!

    For now, I will rate this solved, and thank all of you for your input.
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  9. Posts : 17,733
    Win 10 Home 10.0.19044.1706 (x64) [21H2]
       #9

    chuckiechan said:
    Im going to try the easiest route first - a cut and paste.

    But first of first I will put away my man card and read the documentation in the box!

    For now, I will rate this solved, and thank all of you for your input.


    Copy/paste is safer.
    We just had a thread a couple weeks ago, about a cut/paste gone wrong.
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  10. Posts : 16,017
    Win 10 Pro 64-bit v1909 - Build 18363 Custom ISO Install
       #10

    Hello @chuckiechan,

    There are quite a few things to think about when performing the transfer.

    One of the most IMPORTANT things you need to do is to make sure that they have ALL their Software / License Keys. These are very good at extracting that sort of information . . .

    > Belarc Advisor - Shows in your Web Browser.
    > Speccy - Download Page.

    I hope this helps.
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