Migrating from a Windows 10 pc to a Windows 8.1 PC?

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  1. Posts : 172
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    Migrating from a Windows 10 pc to a Windows 8.1 PC?


    My sister lives in the same house with me, and her PC is about 12 years old, and getting pretty decrepit. BUT we recently "free upgraded" it to Windows 10.

    So I spec'd out a newer one and today, we just bought her a nice refurbished ASUS AMD FX-8310 64-Bit with 8 GB, a 2 TB HDD, AMD Radeon R7 240 2 GB GPU and Windows 8.1. A $900 PC for around $400, plus a LED full HD 24" Asus monitor to match.

    But now the question becomes, how to migrate her stuff f
    rom the old Windows 10 PC to the newer Windows 8.1 PC.

    Is there a quick, easy and reliable way of doing this? Perhaps over a short ethernet cable?


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  2. Posts : 123
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    MamaBear, you can only "migrate" data, not programs. They will need to be installed on the new computer.
    Data, that is text files, documents, photos, videos, mp3s etc can be copied or moved by connecting both computers to a new network either wirelessly or connecting both to the same router by ethernet.
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  3. Posts : 30
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    Yes you can move programs, but you need PC Mover from Cleverbridge and a USB transfer cable to do it.
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  4. Posts : 172
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    revmike said:
    Yes you can move programs, but you need PC Mover from Cleverbridge and a USB transfer cable to do it.
    But can that move them from a Windows 10 to a Windows 8 PC?
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  5. NavyLCDR's Avatar
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    I would upgrade the new computer to Windows 10 while Microsoft is still doing unofficial free upgrades. As long as the old computer and new computer are the same version of Windows 10, then you just move the entire Windows 10 from the old computer to the new computer, programs and data included. You will get a screen on the first startup that says detecting hardware and then be on your way.
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  6. Posts : 172
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    NavyLCDR said:
    I would upgrade the new computer to Windows 10 while Microsoft is still doing unofficial free upgrades. As long as the old computer and new computer are the same version of Windows 10, then you just move the entire Windows 10 from the old computer to the new computer, programs and data included. You will get a screen on the first startup that says detecting hardware and then be on your way.
    We don't even want to taint the new one, or botch it up with Windows 10.

    What we MAY do, come to think of it, is revert the old one, which has had Windows 10 since 7-24, back to Win 7.

    Then, will it move things better, to 8.1?
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  7. NavyLCDR's Avatar
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    The option to revert back to Windows 7 will only be available for a couple more days if you upgraded it on July 24, 2016. Then if the Windows 7 is the same version of Windows as the new Windows 8.1 you might be able to move it over to the new computer and have it work just enough to upgrade it to Windows 8.1.
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    MamaBear said:
    We don't even want to taint the new one, or botch it up with Windows 10.

    What we MAY do, come to think of it, is revert the old one, which has had Windows 10 since 7-24, back to Win 7.

    Then, will it move things better, to 8.1?
    No - basically you need paid programs line pcmover, pctrans or zinstall to move programs. Going backwards is worse than forwards even if you use such tools as they can react badly with old drivers.

    In summary - just reinstall programs from scratch.
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  9. Posts : 30
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    I've moved programs from win 8 to 10 without any problems, but upgrading from win 8 to 10 then transfer is what I would do.
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  10. Posts : 172
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    This sounds like it could make a real mess either way. Her PC is relatively simple compared to mine. If any of you are familiar with my thread at WTF just happened?! - Windows 10 Forums

    If I wind up getting an 8.1 PC after her, what a mess it sounds like.
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