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  1. Joined : Sep 2015
    Posts : 7
    Windows 7
       03 Sep 2015 #1

    So, I am planning on doing some transferring between two computers...


    I am transferring files from my old Windows 7 computer to my new Windows 10 computer, but I am kind of new at this whole transferring thing. I have some questions: What cable do I need? What software do I use to do the transfer? Do both computers have to be on at the same time?
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  2. Joined : Jan 2015
    SoCal, USA
    Posts : 463
    Windows 10 Home and Pro
       03 Sep 2015 #2

    Depends what it is you are wanting to transfer. Just files, or files and settings? You might be able to use windows easy transfer from 7 to 10, though not sure if 10 supports it or not. The upgrade will tell you if it will be able to keep your files if you are looking to upgrade. here is easy transfer: Transfer files and settings from another computer - Windows Help
    No, this method not supported in 10. v

    If just files, you could gather them together and use this (which transfer method should i use): Transferring files and settings: frequently asked questions - Windows Help

    Another potential method: Share files using the Public folders
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  3. Joined : Sep 2015
    Posts : 7
    Windows 7
       03 Sep 2015 #3

    DustSailor said: View Post
    Depends what it is you are wanting to transfer. Just files, or files and settings? You might be able to use windows easy transfer from 7 to 10, though not sure if 10 supports it or not. The upgrade will tell you if it will be able to keep your files if you are looking to upgrade. here is easy transfer: Transfer files and settings from another computer - Windows Help
    No, this method not supported in 10. v

    If just files, you could gather them together and use this (which transfer method should i use): Transferring files and settings: frequently asked questions - Windows Help

    Another potential method: Share files using the Public folders
    Files and Settings, actually. And I do doubt that Windows 10 will support the Easy Transfer thing. Do I even need a cable for this, or is it wireless?
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  4. Joined : Oct 2013
    NW Florida
    Posts : 6,752
    Windows 10 Enterprise and Pro/Windows 7 Enterprise/Linux Mint
       03 Sep 2015 #4

    See if this is something you are looking for Free data transfer
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  5. Joined : Sep 2015
    Posts : 39
    Windows 10
       03 Sep 2015 #5

    Buy a thumb drive, plug it into a USB on the 7 machine, copy the files you want to the thumb drive then plug the drive into a USB on the 10 machine and copy the files to the 10 machine.
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  6. Joined : Sep 2015
    Posts : 7
    Windows 7
       03 Sep 2015 #6

    essenbe said: View Post
    See if this is something you are looking for Free data transfer
    I'll check it out. Still, do I need a cable, and if so, what kind?
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  7. Joined : Jan 2015
    SoCal, USA
    Posts : 463
    Windows 10 Home and Pro
       03 Sep 2015 #7

    Don't NEED a cable, it is just one option. But there are numerous ways to transfer files, USB being fairly common. You could also upload to a cloud service like OneDrive or other and then simply download when the computer is ready. It helps too if you have very high speed internet for this method. Your choice, but you need to locate all your files manually to transfer.

    If you are trying to upgrade your computer to 10, then the files from 7 are automatically moved to the new install. See this for more info to that end, including moving settings over: Windows 10 - Upgrade Installation - Windows 10 Forums
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  8. Joined : Oct 2014
    New Jersey
    Posts : 677
    Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
       03 Sep 2015 #8

    As suggested just go buy a flash drive, easiest method on the planet, other then using your network.

    Just go buy a 16, 32, or 64 GB flash drive, whatever size you need.
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  9. Joined : Jun 2015
    Posts : 17
    Windows 10
       07 Sep 2015 #9

    If you are looking to transfer your files only (like pictures/documents), then I'd get a USB drive and be done with it. Tip: an external drive is faster than a USB thumb drive, and higher capacity, although of course slightly more expensive.

    If you are looking for full transfer, of settings and programs as well, you would need a 3rd party tool.

    There are several out there, the one I personally use is Zinstall. They have an Windows 10 Easy Transfer alternative, which will copy files, settings etc., and they also have a tool that can actually transfer programs to a new PC, i.e. full migration.
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  10. Joined : Sep 2015
    Posts : 7
    Windows 7
       17 Sep 2015 #10

    Bringing this topic back up, I have a 128 GB USB. Now, I'd like to ask: how do I move my programs and their settings onto the USB drive? I ask because I am new at this.
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