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Windows 7: Is there a way to transfer files from Windows 7 to Windows 8?

07 Jan 2013   #11
lehnerus2000

W7 Ultimate SP1, LM18 MATE, W10IP VM, W10 Home, #All 64 bit
 
 
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Alejandro85 is correct.

I use separate partitions for my Documents, Pictures, Music & Videos.
  1. Start in Windows 7
  2. Simply locate the Documents, Pictures, Music & Videos in your User folder
  3. Right click on them (one at a time)
  4. Choose "Properties"
  5. Select the "Location" tab
  6. Browse to the new location that you have chosen for your Documents, Pictures, Music & Videos folders
  7. Repeat as required
  8. Repeat the process in Windows 8
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07 Jan 2013   #12
Alejandro85

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by iroro View Post
If you do that wouldnt it require a third OS?
No, just create another partition and leave it without an OS, to make it data-only. It doesn't even needs to be a primary one, just a logical drive will do. It seems a good choice to me if you already have 2 partitions with two different OSs on each so they easily share the data.
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07 Jan 2013   #13
Kari

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Alejandro85 View Post
May I suggest a third partition?
Put all your data, photos, documents, videos, whatever into a new partition where you store work items only. that way you have one centralized copy and changes made in one OS will appear in the other.

For some programs you may copy-paste them if they're portable, otherwise a full reinstall of them is better. For drivers, the only safe option is a normal install.
This is absolutely the best and easiest solution to OP's question. Rep to Alejandro.

On a dualboot system it's just unnecessary usage of storage space to have personal files stored in two places. All my dual and triple boot systems are set up as Alejandro described. Own partitions for each operating system, in OP's case windows 7 & 8, then a data partition where all photos, videos, documents and so on are stored. Both operating systems can access this storage drive.

I am sorry if you think I use too strong language but using Easy Transfer on a dual boot system to create duplicate copies of each of your personal files and documents would be plain stupid and completely unnecessary.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by iroro View Post
Hi NBAPwns13

If you do a windows easy transfer it will transfer all of your documents and videos, it however will not transfer programs, you will need to install them yourself.

-Iroro
True, but unnecessary as mentioned above.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by NBAPwns13 View Post
Oh so you can't like transfer Skype and such? How about drivers and stuff for your computer? Like audio headsets drivers etc..
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by iroro View Post
Drivers will be transferred, just not User Interface Programs.
Not true.

Easy transfer transfers your personal documents, files and folders. It does not transfer device drivers, nor does it transfer installed programs.

OP needs to install all programs separately on both operating systems. Skype, Office, Photoshop, whatever. Also the device drivers must and need to be separately installed on both operating systems, they are absolutely not transferred with Easy Transfer.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by iroro View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by theog View Post
No need for windows easy transfer, you can just copy & paste data from the Windows 7 partition to the Windows 8 partition.
If he\she is running two physical machines he\she will be unable to complete your suggestion, even if the user is running the one physical machine it makes for a messy drawn out job.
What a strange and inaccurate statement!

If OP had Seven and Eight on separate computers, copy & paste using an external HDD, USB stick or over the network would be a good solution. If you ask experienced geeks, half of them prefer this to Easy Transfer for Easy Transfer might not always work as intended, although I have to say I have never had any problems transferring user data with it.

In a single PC dual boot system copy & paste would be easiest and fastes way to transfer the user data, but as mentioned above it would be completely unnecessary waste of storage space.

Kari
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07 Jan 2013   #14
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

You should ALWAYS have a partition to store your data and whatnot on. What happens when windows gets screwed up and you have to reinstall ???

Bye Bye Data ( And I don`t mean the Android )

@iroro Why would you think copy and pasting would been a long drawn out job ? You just open a window from 7 and a window from 8 and go to town. Faster and safer then any other way IMO and you copy exactly what you want to.

Drivers and programs will have to be installed on 8.


Hello Kari
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07 Jan 2013   #15
Kari

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by AddRAM View Post
You should ALWAYS have a partition to store your data and whatnot on. What happens when windows gets screwed up and you have to reinstall ???

Bye Bye Data ( And I don`t mean the Android )

@iroro Why would you think copy and pasting would been a long drawn out job ? You just open a window from 7 and a window from 8 and go to town. Faster and safer then any other way IMO and you copy exactly what you want to.
Can't start an argument with you this time, Brian .
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07 Jan 2013   #16
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

No arguin today. I totally agree with you.

Iroro is long gone anyway.
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07 Jan 2013   #17
boohbah

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7600
 
 

when you reinstall certain programs on 8 that you have set up a certain way in 7 like firefox for instance,
you can copy the firefox profile over and paste in in the firefox appdata roaming folder etc, other programs once installed in 8 can have skins folders or other plugins folders in program files copied over too, to save ages resetting things to the way you use them in 7
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07 Jan 2013   #18
iroro

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by AddRAM View Post
You should ALWAYS have a partition to store your data and whatnot on. What happens when windows gets screwed up and you have to reinstall ???

@iroro Why would you think copy and pasting would been a long drawn out job ? You just open a window from 7 and a window from 8 and go to town. Faster and safer then any other way IMO and you copy exactly what you want to.

Drivers and programs will have to be installed on 8.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Kari View Post
OP needs to install all programs separately on both operating systems. Skype, Office, Photoshop, whatever. Also the device drivers must and need to be separately installed on both operating systems, they are absolutely not transferred with Easy Transfer.
I use windows easy at least twice a day, you have the option to migrate drivers, we use this option ONLY when migrating to the same OS. We only do it to the same due to the folder structure.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Kari View Post
If OP had Seven and Eight on separate computers, copy & paste using an external HDD, USB stick or over the network would be a good solution. If you ask experienced geeks, half of them prefer this to Easy Transfer for Easy Transfer might not always work as intended, although I have to say I have never had any problems transferring user data with it.

In a single PC dual boot system copy & paste would be easiest and fastes way to transfer the user data, but as mentioned above it would be completely unnecessary waste of storage space.
It would only be a drawn out messy job depending on the users folder structure, that is all I meant by that statement, if the user knows where their stuff is go ahead but Easy Transfer does it all in one hit, thats all im saying.
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07 Jan 2013   #19
lehnerus2000

W7 Ultimate SP1, LM18 MATE, W10IP VM, W10 Home, #All 64 bit
 
 
Move FF Profile

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by boohbah View Post
when you reinstall certain programs on 8 that you have set up a certain way in 7 like firefox for instance,
you can copy the firefox profile over and paste in in the firefox appdata roaming folder etc, other programs once installed in 8 can have skins folders or other plugins folders in program files copied over too, to save ages resetting things to the way you use them in 7
You can configure Firefox in W7 AND Firefox in W8 to use the same profile (use a location on a non-OS partition).

You can copy your current Firefox profile to the new partition location.
Then you only need to edit the profiles.ini file (in W7 & W8) to point to the new location.
Is there a way to transfer files from Windows 7 to Windows 8?-move-ff-profile.png
The yellow highlighted section shows a profile folder in the default location.
The green highlighted section shows a profile folder on another partition.

Note:

Pay attention to the "\" and "/" characters.

Alternatively you can start the Profile Manager (in W7 & W8) and create a new profile.
Type the following into the Start Menu search box (or Run box):
Firefox -P
During the procedure, you simply point your new profile to the folder you copied your old profile to.

Read the following tutorial for more info on the Profile Manager.
Firefox - Create and Run Multiple Profiles

In step 5:
Use the "Choose Folder" button to select the folder you copied (instead of creating a new folder).
Remember to give your profile a new name.


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