Tired of moving from one PC to the next, changing all your settings, moving all your files, configuring everything all over again? Those tasks are a thing of the past when you are moving to the soon to be released Windows Vista!

Vista includes a new utility called “Easy Transfer” that allows you to quickly and easily move your files from your old PC to your new PC by a variety of methods including Thumb Drives, CDs, DVDs, direct-connect cables or even across your network. And it works great! Check out out video blog about this new product and some of the other cool things in Vista.

Using Windows Easy Transfer


Step 1: Preparing for the Transfer

Windows Easy Transfer in Windows Vista supports the following operating systems:

  • Windows 2000 SP 4
  • Windows XP SP 2
  • Windows Vista

Preparing Windows Easy Transfer

1. Open Windows Easy Transfer on your Windows Vista computer: click Start, click All Programs, click Accessories, click System Tools, and then click Windows Easy Transfer. Click Next to proceed.

2. If you have any programs open, you will be prompted to close them. You can opt to save your work in each program, and then close them individually, or you can click Close All in Windows Easy Transfer to close all running programs at once. Click Next.

3. Click Start new to begin the process of preparing Windows Easy Transfer to gather information from existing computers.

4. Click This is my new computer.

5. Select the destination for Windows Easy Transfer files. You have the option of creating the wizard files on CD or DVD, removable media, or a network drive. To use removable media or CD/DVD, you must have a drive in your computer that supports writing data to the appropriate media. Click Network drive.

Note

Both computers must support the transfer method you choose. For example, if you write the data to CD or DVD, the destination computer must also have a CD or DVD drive. If you choose to transfer the data across the network, both computers must be connected on the same network.

6. Type a path and folder name in which you will store the Windows Easy Transfer files. The default value is C:\migwiz. Click Next.

Step 2: Transferring files and settings

Perform this step on the existing computer from which you are migrating user settings and files. Once the files and settings have been collected from your old computer and saved, you will move to the new computer to complete the wizard.

Transfer files and setting using a network

1. Start Windows Easy Transfer on the computer from which you wish to migrate settings and files by browsing to the removable media or network drive containing the wizard files, and then double clicking migwiz.exe.

2. If you have any programs open, you will be prompted to close them. You can opt to save your work in each program, and then close them individually, or you can click Close All in Windows Easy Transfer to close all running programs at once. Click Next.

3. Determine the transfer method to use. Click Through a network.

Note

Both computers must support the transfer method you choose. For example, both computers must be connected to the same network.

4. Click Connect directly via network to begin the transfer. Alternately, click Save to network location if you want to store the files and settings in a file to be loaded later. If you choose to store the data in a network location, you will be prompted to provide the path.

5. Click Everything – all user accounts, files, and program settings (recommended) to transfer all files and settings. You can also choose to determine exactly which files should be migrated by clicking either Only my user account, files, and program settings, or Custom.

6. Review the list of files and settings to be transferred, and then click Start to begin the transfer. Click Customize if you want to add or remove files or settings.

Transfer files and settings using removable media

1. Start Windows Easy Transfer on the computer from which you wish to migrate settings and files by browsing to the removable media or network drive containing the wizard files, and then double clicking migwiz.exe.

2. If you have any programs open, you will be prompted to close them. You can opt to save your work in each program, and then close them individually, or you can click Close All in Windows Easy Transfer to close all running programs at once. Click Next.

3. Determine the transfer method to use. Click On a CD or other removable media, such as a flash drive.

Note

Both computers must support the transfer method you choose. For example, both computers must support the same type of removable media.

4. Click To a network drive to save the files to either a network folder or a folder on a removable drive.

5. In Where do you want to save your files, type the path to a folder on the removable drive, and then click Next.

6. Click Everything – all user accounts, files, and program settings (recommended) to transfer all files and settings. You can also choose to determine exactly which files should be migrated by clicking either Only my user account, files, and program settings, or Custom.

7. Review the list of files and settings to be transferred, and then click Start to begin the transfer. Click Customize if you want to add or remove files or settings.

8. Click Close once Windows Easy Transfer has completed moving files.

9. Move the removable media to the new computer and launch Windows Easy Transfer. Click Next.

10. Click Continue a transfer in progress.

11. In Where did you copy your files, click Removable media. If Removable Media is unavailable, click Network Drive. Click Next.

12. In Locate your saved files, type the path to your saved files or click Browse. Click Next once you have located the files.

13. Choose user names on your new computer that match the names on the old computer. You may have to create new accounts in this step. Type in a user name to create an account on the local computer. Type in a user name in the format domain\user to create a profile for a domain user.

14. In Choose the drives for files on your new computer, select the destination drive for each source drive location. For example, for files that came from the D: drive on your old computer, you must determine which drive they should be moved to on the new computer.

15. Review the list of files and settings to be transferred, and then click Start to begin the transfer. Click Customize if you want to add or remove files or settings.

16. Click Close once Windows Easy Transfer has completed moving files.

Transfer files and settings using a writable CD or DVD

1. Start Windows Easy Transfer on the computer from which you wish to migrate settings and files by browsing to the removable media or network drive containing the wizard files, and then double clicking migwiz.exe.

2. If you have any programs open, you will be prompted to close them. You can opt to save your work in each program, and then close them individually, or you can click Close All in Windows Easy Transfer to close all running programs at once. Click Next.

3. Determine the transfer method to use. Click Burn a CD or DVD.

Note

Both computers must support the transfer method you choose. For example, both computers must have a working CD or DVD drive.

4. In Choose your media, type the path to the writeable CD or DVD media. Click Next.

5. Click Everything – all user accounts, files, and program settings (recommended) to transfer all files and settings. You can also choose to determine exactly which files should be migrated by clicking either Only my user account, files, and program settings, or Custom.

6. Review the list of files and settings to be transferred, and then click Start to begin the transfer. Click Customize if you want to add or remove files or settings. If there is not enough free space on the writeable media, Windows Easy Transfer will tell you how many blank discs will be required.

7. Click Next once the CD or DVD burn process has completed.

8. Click Close once Windows Easy Transfer has completed moving files.

9. Move the CD or DVD media to the new computer and launch Windows Easy Transfer. Click Next.

10. Click Continue a transfer in progress.

11. In Where did you copy your files, click Read CD or DVD.

12. In Choose your media, select the drive letter for your CD or DVD drive where the disc is located. Click Next once you have located the files.

13. Choose user names on your new computer that match the names on the old computer. You may have to create new accounts in this step. Type in a user name to create an account on the local computer. Type in a user name in the format domain\user to create a profile for a domain user.

14. In Choose the drives for files on your new computer, select the destination drive for each source drive location. For example, for files that came from the D: drive on your old computer, you must determine which drive they should be moved to on the new computer.

15. Review the list of files and settings to be transferred, and then click Start to begin the transfer. Click Customize if you want to add or remove files or settings.

16. Click Close once Windows Easy Transfer has completed moving files.