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Is Windows Easy Transfer 'Clean'?

By MedMan ·
I have a new PC on order. When it comes I shall have the task of transferring everything from my old Computer to the new.

My question is simple, but the answer may not be: should I use Windows Easy Transfer?

Both old and new computers run Windows 7 64 bit. The old computer (now five years old ) started life with Vista on which I performed an upgrade, not a clean install. It is fully up to date with Windows Updates.

My understanding, which may be erroneous, is that Windows Easy Transfer copies some (though maybe not all?) of the files from the hidden Profile AppData folder and copies some entries from the Registry. My worry is simple: if I use it, will it copy some of the crud that has built up over the years that is now slowing my old computer down?

Put differently: I want to perform a 'clean' install this time round. Will using Windows Easy Transfer contaminate it?

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