How i can transfer settings - programs from win7 to win10?

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  1. Posts : 31
    Windows 7 sp1
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    How i can transfer settings & programs from win7 to win10?


    Hi.

    Is there any OFFICIAL from Microsoft way to transfer all my win7 apps & settings to a new windows 10 installed system?

    If there is how i can do that?

    For example i use mozilla firefox 68.0.2 with settings and plugins. Can i transfer that program with all settings to the new windows10 installed system?
    Can i simply copy the folder "C:\Users\my pc name\AppData\Roaming\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\profile.default" to the new windows10 and i have the same settings as i have at windows7?
    Last edited by grigoris; 18 Aug 2019 at 01:06.
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  2. dalchina's Avatar
    Posts : 31,344
    Win 10 Pro (1903)
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    Options:
    a. Simply upgrade from Win 7 to Win 10
    b. Use e.g. Laplink PC Mover (cheaper if you use a disk image- and easier). 1 off license.
    Very effective if you've lots of (compatible) programs
    c.Google - or FF forum
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  3. spunk's Avatar
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    Windows 10 Pro 64 Bit 20H2
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    If you are transferring User files from one Windows 7 computer to new Windows 10 computer, then yes, you can Go to Windows (File) Explorer in Windows 7 Show Hidden Files

    • Locate the C:\Users\Old_Username folder, where C is the drive that Windows is installed on, and Old_Username is the name of the profile you want to copy files from.
    • Select all of the files and folders in this folder, except the following files:
      • Ntuser.dat
      • Ntuser.dat.log
      • Ntuser.ini

    • Click the Edit menu, and then click Copy.
    • Paste the files into a USB Flash drive, or if you have both computers attached to the same network and you have both User Files Shared, you can drag and drop between the two. This is only for User files, You will have to reinstall any programs, the previous post showed you how to backup your Firefox profile.
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  4. Posts : 392
    W10
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    I've tried this on a lot of systems (at work) and it generally is very painful to do. Incompatible stuff from W7 creeps in and tends to make the W10 installation less reliable.

    We find the easiest method to be to:
    - save all data (to include things like bookmarks, etc)
    - write down everything (from the W7 system) that you want on the W10 system (to include Firefox extensions, etc)
    - Install W10 "clean" and then install the latest, W10 compatible versions of all the programs that you need.
    - import the saved data into the proper locations (such as the Firefox profile)
    - then tweak settings as you come across them

    This may take a little longer than just transferring things over - but it sure takes a lot less time when the installation starts giving problems because of a problem carried over with the W7 stuff (which usually results in having to wipe the computer and start over anyway).
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  5. Samuria's Avatar
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    windows 10
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    There is special mozbackup which backs up and restore Firefox and thunderbird it's free
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  6. Posts : 31
    Windows 7 sp1
    Thread Starter
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    dalchina said:
    Options:
    a. Simply upgrade from Win 7 to Win 10
    b. Use e.g. Laplink PC Mover (cheaper if you use a disk image- and easier). 1 off license.
    Very effective if you've lots of (compatible) programs
    c.Google - or FF forum
    How i can transfer settings - programs from win7 to win10?-snap-2019-08-18-07.15.59.png
    No, no, no i don't want to upgrade the win7 -> win10 i want to make a clean install cause i have very sas storys about upgrade windows older to newer versions.

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    spunk said:
    If you are transferring User files from one Windows 7 computer to new Windows 10 computer, then yes, you can Go to Windows (File) Explorer in Windows 7 Show Hidden Files

    • Locate the C:\Users\Old_Username folder, where C is the drive that Windows is installed on, and Old_Username is the name of the profile you want to copy files from.
    • Select all of the files and folders in this folder, except the following files:
      • Ntuser.dat
      • Ntuser.dat.log
      • Ntuser.ini

    • Click the Edit menu, and then click Copy.
    • Paste the files into a USB Flash drive, or if you have both computers attached to the same network and you have both User Files Shared, you can drag and drop between the two. This is only for User files, You will have to reinstall any programs, the previous post showed you how to backup your Firefox profile.
    Why don't copy all the folder?

    Until now(Windows xp, 7 e.t.c.) i do exactly that simply copy all the folder "C:\Users\my pc name\AppData\Roaming\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\profile.default" To the new windows for example
    Old windows
    "C:\Users\oldpc\AppData\Roaming\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\profile.default"
    New windows
    "C:\Users\newpc\AppData\Roaming\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\profile.default"
    And work like a charm.

    I believe windows 10 directory structure doesn't change from the win7 directory structure correct?

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    The program windows easy transfer doesn't do work?
    I belive this is an Microsoft program is do exactly that transfer settings e.t.c. of programs to new windows system.

    I believe it support all windows versions.

    Does anyone have try that program for firefox or any other program? And if it did does it work correctly?
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  7. dalchina's Avatar
    Posts : 31,344
    Win 10 Pro (1903)
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    Do you understand the other things I suggested? No no no suggests not. No acknowledgement, so I'll leave you with it. Remember, you did not say you did not want to upgrade, leaving that a possibility. So an angry response is unhelpful, isn't it.

    Good luck with this.
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  8. Posts : 6
    Windows 10
       #8

    Do a fresh install!!


    grigoris said:
    Hi.

    Is there any OFFICIAL from Microsoft way to transfer all my win7 apps & settings to a new windows 10 installed system?

    If there is how i can do that?

    For example i use mozilla firefox 68.0.2 with settings and plugins. Can i transfer that program with all settings to the new windows10 installed system?
    Can i simply copy the folder "C:\Users\my pc name\AppData\Roaming\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\profile.default" to the new windows10 and i have the same settings as i have at windows7?
    In general you should not attempt to copy programs over. There will (nearly always) be something that breaks.
    Better scenario is to backup the user profile, fresh reinstall Windows 10 and then install all software fresh.
    If you just copy over the content of the user profile you will get documents and some settings over but to have everything over you need to make a backup with fx USMT from microsoft.
    Sadly Microsoft does no more make WET, (Windows Easy Transfer)

    A lot of the free software you can install easily in one go by using ninite.com's application installer. It is free!
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  9. Posts : 31
    Windows 7 sp1
    Thread Starter
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    Exactly that i mean.
    Install the firefox to win10 and then copy the profile folder into win10 place.

    Is there any firefox plugin that create a full backup of firefox so i can restore it to the win10 new setup?


    And i believe the Ninite - Install or Update Multiple Apps at Once program is just add the installed program at the boot image disc of win10 nothing more of settings e.t.c.
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  10. Posts : 6
    Windows 10
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    You CAN do that. It does work but I cannot imagine doing that for all the various programs, outlook, mail accounts etc.
    USMT can do it for office, Firefox, chrome etc. and i have used USMT from a commandline, maybe 10 years ago.
    But for many years now I have had a subscription for USMTGUI (yes sorry, another third party program that I pay for), but it saves me tonnes of time at work when migrating from Windows 7 or just when reinstalling PC's and it is always updated to comply with the latest Windows 10 version.
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