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Windows 7 - Using Windows Easy Transfer

Windows Easy Transfer provides an easy and convenient way of transferring settings and files from one Windows installation to another. It allows you to save things such as user accounts including documents and other files, Internet bookmarks and various other settings including desktop customizations and more. You can also choose from a variety of methods for transferring the files. Windows Easy Transfer takes away the time-consuming task of manually moving all of your data and settings. The only limitation is that Windows Easy Transfer is unable to transfer files and settings from a 64-bit Windows installation to a 32-bit one, although it can work the other way round. Windows Easy Transfer is also available for Windows XP and Windows Vista. For the purpose of this guide, we'll be using the Windows Easy Transfer feature included in Windows 7.

Ensure that you are logged in to an administrator account before continuing. Windows Easy Transfer cannot be used on a standard account. Open the start menu and navigate to All Programs > Accessories > System Tools and open Windows Easy Transfer. Click "Next" to continue.

Choose the method that you wish to use to transfer your files and settings. The easiest method is often to use an Easy Transfer cable to connect the two computers. This is a special USB cable. Alternatively, you can transfer data over your network. This is often slower, but provides a convenient option for those who are transferring files between two computers located on the same network or situations where there is no USB Easy Transfer cable available. The final option allows you to copy all of the data to an external drive or flash media. This is most suitable if you're upgrading your computer to Windows 7 which requires wiping the primary hard disk.

Whichever option you choose, Windows Easy transfer will guide you through the process, telling you which actions to take with which computer. The entire process can take a few hours, especially if you have a large number of files to transfer. The speed also depends on the method you use and the speed of the connected computers itself.


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