Tuesday, February 2, 2010

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Using Windows Easy Transfer | How To Use Windows Easy Transfer

Before you start Easy Transfer, it would behoove you to ensure that both the To and From computers are connected to reliable power supplies: plugging in notebook or netbook computers and a UPS (Uninterruptible Power Supply) wouldn’t hurt for desktops and your network’s hub. A Windows Easy Transfer can take a long time. It’s disk intensive, too.

The transfer goes considerably faster if you don’t use wireless connections: Plug both computers into the same router, if humanly possible. After everything is plugged in, follow these steps:

1. Make sure that Windows 7 is up and running on the To PC, and then log on to the To PC. Check to make sure that your hardware is working, and run Windows 7 long enough to become familiar with it.

2. Make sure that the connection between the To and From PCs is working. If both the To and From PCs are connected to your network, choose Start➪Computer and click the Network link on the left side to make sure that the computers can see each other. If they aren’t connected to the same network, attach a USB cable to the USB ports on both PCs or prepare that big stack of CDs.

3. On the To PC, choose Start - Getting Started - Transfer Your Files. The Windows Easy Transfer wizard shows itself.

4. Click Next. Windows Easy Transfer takes you through some easy questions, such as how you will transfer the files and whether you are on the To computer.

5. Do one of the following, depending on your circumstances:
  • If your From computer isn’t running Windows 7: Windows Easy Transfer takes you through the process of copying Easy Transfer files to the From computer or a location that’s accessible to both the To and From computers.
After any setup files are transferred, you’re instructed to go to the From computer and start the MigSetup.exe program in the \WindowsEasyTransfer folder. (The instructions don’t tell you which file to run — MigSetup.exe is the correct one).

  • If the From computer is running Windows 7: Go to the From computer and choose Start - Getting Started - Transfer Your Files.
Figure: Windows Easy Transfer key indicates that the From computer is ready to send data.


6. Regardless of which path you took in Step 5, click Next. Answer the easy questions again, by clicking Next until you arrive at the Windows Easy Transfer box, shown in Screen Shot above.


7. Go to the To computer, enter the Windows Easy Transfer key in the indicated location, and click Next.  Windows Easy Transfer ensures that the computers are connected, checks for updates to the program, and then grinds for a while and presents a list of user accounts that can be transferred, as shown in Screen Shot below.


8. Deselect the check boxes to the left of any user whose data you don’t want to transfer. Click the Customize link for any user whose data you want to trim before the transfer (refer to Screen Shot below). Click Advanced for any user, and you can choose individual files or folders for that user. If you store data in a folder other than your Documents folder (or its subfolders, such as Pictures or Music) or the common Microsoft e-mail folders, you must click Advanced, find the folder, and select the check box next to it.
Figure: Windows Easy Transfer lets you specify which users to transfer to the To computer.

9. Click Transfer: Easy Transfer kicks in, warns you not to use either computer until the transfer is complete, and (sometimes hours later) finishes the transfer. 


When Windows Easy Transfer works, it’s great, but sometimes — far too frequently, in my experience — it just stalls in the middle of a transfer. You can try to run another Windows Easy Transfer, but after a couple of tries and stalls, you’re better off digging into your computers and manually transferring the data and settings. You might consider hiring a pro.

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