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Windows 7: Windows Easy Transfer question

11 Jan 2014   #1
vlakarmis

Windows 7 64 Bit
 
 
Windows Easy Transfer question

Hello,

I am trying to reinstall windows 32 bit on my mother's netbook as the repair person she took it to in Tunisia installed a non legit copy of windows 7 professional in French, so thats a double no no.

What I wanted to do is to use Window Easy Transfer to migrate her files to my laptop, reinstall windows using the original Windows 7 iso I have in a bootable USB drive and then migrate the files back to her fresh install.

The problem with this is that I am not sure whether by selecting my laptop as the new computer that Windows easy transfer will overwrite settings on my computer. I just want to transfer the files and settings but not for them to take effect on my laptop. So I have resorted to just connecting on the homegroup and using file sharing to transfer a hefty 14gb of files of a wireless network. Needless to say its taking forever.

Does anyone know if by saying that my laptop is the 'new computer' that it will have adverse effects, such as overwriting settings etc? or Will it just copy the files. I do not have much experience with Windows 7 and am currently studying for the 70-680 exam for microsoft, so migration is a big subject for me to master. Thanks in advance for your help


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11 Jan 2014   #2
Mellon Head

Win 7 Pro x64/Win 10 Pro x64 dual boot
 
 

It will likely bork your files. In your position, I don't think I would try to use Easy Transfer.

That's just me, other posters may know more.
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11 Jan 2014   #3
bigmck

Windows 7 Home Premium 32-Bit - Build 7600 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by vlakarmis View Post
Hello,

I am trying to reinstall windows 32 bit on my mother's netbook as the repair person she took it to in Tunisia installed a non legit copy of windows 7 professional in French, so thats a double no no.

What I wanted to do is to use Window Easy Transfer to migrate her files to my laptop, reinstall windows using the original Windows 7 iso I have in a bootable USB drive and then migrate the files back to her fresh install.

The problem with this is that I am not sure whether by selecting my laptop as the new computer that Windows easy transfer will overwrite settings on my computer. I just want to transfer the files and settings but not for them to take effect on my laptop. So I have resorted to just connecting on the homegroup and using file sharing to transfer a hefty 14gb of files of a wireless network. Needless to say its taking forever.

Does anyone know if by saying that my laptop is the 'new computer' that it will have adverse effects, such as overwriting settings etc? or Will it just copy the files. I do not have much experience with Windows 7 and am currently studying for the 70-680 exam for microsoft, so migration is a big subject for me to master. Thanks in advance for your help
If mothers PC is setup so that the Docs are on a different partition than the OS, there is no need to do anything but reinstall the OS.
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11 Jan 2014   #4
Kari

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

 

You need to use an external storage for this. Selecting Network as Easy Transfer method is only possible when you are transferring files and settings directly from your old Windows PC to a new one.

Selecting network here...
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... will not allow you to save the WET file on a networked computer but instead after telling WET this is your old PC, it asks you to start the file transferring directly on the new PC.
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Using an external USB drive will allow you to save the WET file on it, re-install your mom's Windows and then restore the WET file.

Tutorial: Windows Easy Transfer - Transfer To & From Computers

Kari


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