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Windows 7: A Look at Improvements to Windows Easy Transfer for Win

06 May 2009   #1

 
A Look at Improvements to Windows Easy Transfer for Win

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Windows Easy Transfer is an application designed to help people move their important files, user accounts, and application settings from their old PC to a new PC. The new version of Windows Easy Transfer for Windows 7 comes with improvements based on feedback received from Windows Vista customers. I wanted to take a closer look at these improvements.

For the new version of Windows Easy Transfer, people can move their files from PCs running Windows XP and Windows Vista.

NOTE: For the Windows 7 RC, Windows Easy Transfer can also be used to move files from a Windows 7 Beta PC to a PC running the Windows 7 RC.



The first thing people will likely notice about the new version of Windows Easy Transfer is that is has an updated, cleaner and much simpler UI.

People can transfer files 1 of 3 ways:

Many folks have PCs in their homes that are used by multiple family members and thus may also have multiple user profiles. The new version of Windows Easy Transfer detects all user profiles on a single PC and allows customers to pick and choose which of the user profiles they want to transfer files from. The idea behind enabling this scenario is that it permits users to “split” a PC. For example, let’s say a family PC becomes a kids-only PC after the purchase of a new laptop for the parents. With the selectivity Windows Easy Transfer now offers, selected user profiles can be migrated to one PC and other user profiles can be transferred to another. The UI also displays the size for each user profile.



Windows Easy Transfer also allows for enhanced selectivity of what is to be transferred. It is now possible to see every file that is selected for the migration and make changes on a per file basis. Do you have a big file (like a video) you don’t want to transfer to your new PC? You can now prevent that file from being transferred.



The same “enhanced selectivity” I spoke about above for gathering files also applies when restoring files. It is now possible to see every file that is pending restoration and make changes on a per file basis. Did you include a file in the transfer that you don’t want to migrate to your new PC? No problem – just deselect that file.



We are also introducing a new feature with this version: Windows Easy Transfer Reports. Any time after a migration has been completed it is now possible to view a report that details everything that was moved during the migration, where it was moved to, and a list of programs that were installed on the old PC complete with links for more information including where to re-download if possible.





If you are an IT professional and have multiple PCs you would like to migrate, check out the User State Migration Tool for Windows 7 and new features like hard-link migration and migration from windows.old. 

Give Windows Easy Transfer a try if you haven’t already!


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06 May 2009   #2

Win7 Enterprise, Win7 x86 (Ult 7600), Win7 x64 Ult 7600, TechNet RTM on AMD x64 (2.8Ghz)
 
 

Nice info.

Iused this to move from Beta 7000 to Rc 7100, very smooth with an external USB hard drive.
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06 May 2009   #3

XP/win7 x86 build 7127
 
 

one other tidbit is that if you forget to create the original user account on the new install/pc, it will prompt you to then make and associate the old account with a new created account. So you could still change your named user account to something different instead of the same, if desired. Other than that, i'm a long time back-er-upper, first time user, and all went smooth for me, pleasantly shocked
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06 May 2009   #4

7x86 7260, 7x86 7264
 
 

I have used this tool twice now for rebuilds - putting the data onto another HDD. In both cases it has run very smoothly, and has certainly saved a whole lot of time with migration of user data, settings etc etc. Pleasantly surprised also!
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06 May 2009   #5

seven
 
 
very cool stuff

didnt know you can do that on offline files windows moved
cool.
one question to the poster above me
you migrated from xp or form 7 to 7?
what do you mean by moved data to another hd? you moved the data to it or the hardlink store to it?
thanks
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06 May 2009   #6

7x86 7260, 7x86 7264
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by turbomcp View Post
didnt know you can do that on offline files windows moved
cool.
one question to the poster above me
you migrated from xp or form 7 to 7?
what do you mean by moved data to another hd? you moved the data to it or the hardlink store to it?
thanks
I used the tool for migration from 7 to 7 - just moved it all to another internal HDD.
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06 May 2009   #7

seven
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by seano View Post
I used the tool for migration from 7 to 7 - just moved it all to another internal HDD.
but you used hardlinks or just userstate(usmt) in general?
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06 May 2009   #8

Windows 7 Ultimate Edition x64
 
 

Can I use easy transfer to transfer files from one internal HD to another. the first one having Vista. and send it all to Win 7?
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07 May 2009   #9

Vista Home Premium & Windows 7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by XGUNTHERC View Post
Can I use easy transfer to transfer files from one internal HD to another. the first one having Vista. and send it all to Win 7?
You could , but unless you plan to get rid of Vista, why would you want to? if you want to use data files in both Vista & Windows 7 just add the folders to the Windows 7 Library, love that feature.
You will need to take ownership in both, but that's no bigie, you can always ask for more help if you get stuck.
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07 May 2009   #10

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Thanks John, I have never realised this App.existed in Vista. When I typed "Windows Easy Transfer" in the start orb, it started. Very handy tool indeed.
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