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Windows Easy Transfer

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If you are currently running Windows XP and are planning to get a new Windows 8 computer before Microsoft ends support for Windows XP, then you may be wondering how you will go about migrating your data and settings from Windows XP to Windows 8. Fortunately, Windows 8 comes with a little used migration tool called Windows Easy Transfer, which first appeared in Windows Vista and was improved for Windows 7. Windows Easy Transfer has been updated for Windows 8 and provides features for migrating from Windows XP.

In this article, I'll walk you through the entire process of migrating files and settings from a Windows XP computer to a new Windows 8 computer using a network connection. You'll then have a very good idea of what to expect when you run Windows Easy Transfer on your Windows XP system.


There are actually three ways that you can use Windows Easy Transfer to migrate from Windows XP to Windows 8 depending on how you are migrating. If you are migrating from one operating system to another on the same computer, you would use an external hard disk or a USB flash drive as an intermediary device. However, in the case of moving from Windows XP to Windows 8.x, chances are you will be migrating from an old computer to a new computer. As such, you'll want to connect the two computers together using either an Easy Transfer Cable or your network.

Since just about everyone's computer is connected a network, I've decided to cover the network method in this article. In addition to running across a cabled network, Windows Easy transfer will run just fine across a wireless connection.

Keep in mind that Windows Easy Transfer is only designed to migrate your data files and your settings. It does not migrate your applications. As such, you will have to manually reinstall those applications that are Windows 8 compatible.

More specifically Windows Easy Transfer will allow you to migrate the following:

  • Files and folders
  • E-mail settings
  • Contacts and messages
  • Program settings
  • User accounts and settings
  • Internet settings and favorites
  • Music
  • Pictures and videos

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By Greg Shultz

Greg Shultz is a freelance Technical Writer. Previously, he has worked as Documentation Specialist in the software industry, a Technical Support Specialist in educational industry, and a Technical Journalist in the computer publishing industry.