When you want to upgrade to Windows 10 from Windows 7 or Windows 8.1, it is easy. Simply download the ISO, create a Bootable drive and upgrade to the best Window OS yet. However, what’s not so easy is to transfer Windows 7 files to Windows 10 PC, especially if you have got a new Windows 10 system and not upgrading your Windows 7 to Windows 10.
Windows 10 had the Easy Transfer functionality in the earlier version which made it easy to transfer files from Windows 7 to Windows 10. However, the option is not included in the latest version of Windows OS. Fortunately, there is a way out.
In this article, we take a look at how to transfer Windows 7 files to Windows 10 without using any third-party software.
How to transfer Windows 7 files to Windows 10
1. Use Laplink PCmover software
Microsoft has partnered with Laplink, and they brought you a powerful tool called Laplink PCmover that can easily help you move your files. There are two versions of this software available, Express and Professional and each has different features, and we’re quickly going to compare the two:
- Ability to transfer selected files, data, and settings
- Ability to move user profiles
- All features from the Express version
- Ability to transfer hard drive contents from old PC
- Support for In-Place Windows upgrade
- Ability to restore old PC image to a new operating system
- Can transfer selected applications
2. Transfer Files from Windows 7 to Windows 10 using Easy Transfer
1. Copy Migwiz folder
- On your Windows 7 machine, insert a USB drive.
- Open File Explorer and navigate to the following location:
- Find the migwiz folder and copy it to the connected USB flash drive. You can also upload it your cloud drive account, and download it later on.
- Disconnect the USB flash drive.
2. Run Easy Transfer on Old Computer
- On your Windows 7 computer, launch Windows Easy Transfer.
- Search for Windows Easy Transfer in the search bar and open it.
- Window Easy Transfer Welcome window will show all the data that will be transferred to your new system.
- Click the Next button.
- Select A Network option for “What do you want to use to transfer items to your new computer?“. This option will transfer data between the new and old PC via the network.
- However, if you are upgrading your Windows 7 PC to Windows 10 , select “An external hard disk or USB Flash drive” option and follow the on-screen instructions.
- Click on “This is my old computer” option.
- In the next window, you will see a Windows Easy Transfer key. Note down the key and keep it safe, you will need it on your new computer.
3. Run Easy Transfer on New Computer
- Now on your new Windows 10 computer, insert the USB disk on which the migwiz folder was moved.
- Move the Migwiz folder to your computer’s hard disk.
- Open the Migwiz folder and double-click on Migwiz.exe.
- Click Next and then select “This is my new PC“.
- Select “my old computer is running Windows 7“.
- Click Next.
- Now it will ask you to enter the Windows Easy Transfer Key.
- Enter the key and click Next.
- Make sure both the systems are connected to the same network before you begin the transfer.
- The system will scan your Windows 7 system for files. If you want, you can customize which data to transfer and what data to exclude.
- Click on Transfer button to begin the process.
- This may take a few minutes to hours depending on the size of the data.
3. Use Backup and Restore feature
In order to use the Backup and Restore feature, you need to have an external storage device ready. To transfer the files, do the following:
- Open Control Panel. Navigate to System and Security > Backup and Restore.
- Now select Set up backup.
- Connect your external storage device and choose Refresh.
- In back Backup Destination, choose your storage device and then choose Next.
- Select Let me choose and click Next.
- Navigate to the Computer section and select the folders you want to back up. Bear in mind that all files in Documents, Music, Pictures, and Videos will be backed up automatically.
- Uncheck Include a system image of drives checkbox and click Next.
- Choose the Change schedule. Disable Run backup on a schedule checkbox and click OK.
- Now click on Save settings and run backup.
- Once the backup is complete, remove the external storage drive.
To restore the files, do the following:
- Connect the external storage drive that you used in the previous section on a Windows 10 PC.
- Now go to the Settings app > Update & security.
- Select Backup from the menu on the left. Now choose Go to Backup and Restore (Windows 7).
- Choose Select another backup to restore files from.
- Select the backup that you created on Windows 7 and click Next.
- Now choose Select all files from this backup and click Next.
- The files will now be backed up to their original location. If you want to change that, you can select In the following location option and set the location manually.
- Click Restore to start the restoration process.
4. Use OneDrive
If you have a fast network connection and you don’t want to deal with external storage, OneDrive might be the most streamlined way to transfer files from Windows 7 to Windows 10. To do that, follow these steps:
- Download and install OneDrive on Windows 7.
- Start the application and login with your Microsoft account. Use the same account that you use on Windows 10.
- Once the OneDrive opens, go to the Backup tab and click Manage backup.
- Select the folders that you want to back up and click on Start Backup. If a certain folder isn’t available, simply select it from Windows Explorer and drag and drop it to the OneDrive window.
- The folders will be uploaded to the cloud automatically. Bear in mind that this process can take a while, depending on the size of your files and your upload speed.
Now switch to your Windows 10 PC, sign in to OneDrive with the same Microsoft account and your files should be there. Just copy them to your PC, and that’s it.
Note: Although this method is pretty simple, it can be slow, especially if you’re using a connection with slow upload speed. In addition, OneDrive is limited to 5GB, so if you have more data, you’ll need to transfer it in batches or purchase additional space for OneDrive.
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