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Windows 7: Windows Easy Transfer can't connect to your other computer

19 Nov 2012   #1

Vista Home Premium 32 bit & Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 
Windows Easy Transfer can't connect to your other computer

Hi,

I'm trying to use Easy Transfer to transfer the files & settings from my old Vista 32 bit laptop to a new Windows 7 64 bit laptop via a network.

I've loaded WET onto my old machine and followed the instructions but when I enter the transfer key I get the message: WET can't connect to your other computer - to complete the connection , you might need to install the latest version of WET.....

My McAfee network map on my new laptop shows my old PC as being connected and online.

Any suggestions? Or should I should just try using an external hard drive?

Regards

Mike

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19 Nov 2012   #2
Microsoft MVP

 

I would not use either WET or MucAfee which is an atrocious AV that causes many problems. Replace it now with Microsoft Security Essentials.

As to WET it is easier and safer to sort your files into the User folders, then drag each to your backup device. The problem with WET is that it can fail and lose access to your files, and it also transfers AppData settings which are a corruption path into a new Install.

After copying to external, move it to target PC, in each of the User folders you saved click on Organize>Select All, then drag the group to the corresponding User folder on Explorer bar at left margin. Don't release them until it stops unfolding and the hypertext confirms the correct destination.

You can also follow these steps to Clean Up Factory Bloatware which throttles Windows 7 performance.
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21 Nov 2012   #3

Vista Home Premium 32 bit & Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

Thanks for your helpful advice.

Foolishly, I did try using WET with an external hard drive before I saw your reply. Let alone anything else, I was amazed at what it didn't transfer. I'll now try transferring the files as you suggest.

I'll also get rid of the McAfee and try to clear the rest of the Bloatware.

Regards

Mike
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21 Nov 2012   #4
Microsoft MVP

 

Let us know how it goes.

Depending upon how the bloatware throttles Windows 7's native instantaneous performance, you might also want to consider a Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7.
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