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Why do you need computer to computer file transfer?

It is not uncommon that people using more than two computers nowadays. Maybe you work at desktop in the office and do personal things at laptop at home. Then you have to transfer files between laptop and desktop when you need to work overtime during the vocation or holiday.

Besides, you might buy a new laptop to replace the old and cumbersome desktop, and it is necessary for you to transfer files. There might be many other situations you have to do this. Therefore, it is important to find out how to transfer files between computers.

2 situations of transferring files in Windows

There could be two circumstances you probably confront, transfer files once and transfer files regularly.

Transfer files once only

If you are going to transfer files from desktop to laptop once, using a big enough memory stick, USB flash drive or other removable hard drives as the medium. This method saves time and with no complicated operations.

Take transfer files from desktop to laptop for example. First connect the removable medium to desktop, drag the files you want to transfer to the removable device, and then disconnect this device. Next connect the fulfilled device to laptop, and then drag those files to the laptop. Furthermore, you can backup files first in the old computer, store it to removable storage device, and then restore it on the new computer.

Transfer files regularly

To transfer files regularly, you might require the help of network (also named WIFI). You can create a local area network (LAN) using a router or hub, plug both computers into the hub using cat5 cable. Then you share all the drives on your desktop by right clicking and choosing share (follow the wizard to go through all the security stuff and click OK). Then go to Network on your laptop and choose show workgroup computers, and all the drives from your desktop will appear after that. The rest is click and drag the files to the designed drive on your laptop.

Another way to transfer files between PCs is using Windows Easy Transfer (WET) application. Note that this utility doesn’t support Windows 10 because it has been replaced with PCmover (need to purchase).

Transfer files with Windows Easy Transfer

Take Windows 7 for example. You also need to prepare a USB cable that could connect two computers.

Firstly, connect two computers with the USB cable, open Easy Transfer window on the source computer by typing Easy Transfer in the Run pane. Select Windows Easy Transfer in the list of search results. Then it may pop up a welcome window, click Next and select A network > This is my old computer. Then take note of the Windows Easy Transfer key, and leave this computer alone now.

This Is My Old Computer

Secondly, repeat above steps to the forth window, and select This is my new computer. Then select My old computer is running Windows 7. Now type in the Windows Easy Transfer key and click Next.

My Old Computer Is Running Windows 7

Thirdly, the network will display Connected, and it will check what can be transferred for a few minutes. After that, you can choose what to transfer now.

This method is a little bit complicated, but it works. However, this Easy Transfer doesn’t support the newly operating system, Windows 10, which could be somehow annoying. Also, it cannot transfer files from 64 bit OS to 32 bit OS.

Fortunately, you can realize this goal with freeware, AOMEI Backupper Standard. This freeware supports Windows 10/8/7 and Windows XP/Vista. The feature, File Sync (File Synchronization), could transfer files by synchronizing files from laptop to desktop. Download AOMEI Backupper to have a try.

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Transfer files with AOMEI File Sync Regularly

To get start, you need to create a LAN using WIFI with aforementioned method, and create a network shared folder. Then transfer files from old PC to new PC without USB drive:

Step 1. Launch AOMEI Backupper Standard. Click Sync, and then click Basic Sync.

File Sync

Step 2. Add folders you want to transfer by clicking Add Folder.

Add Folder

Step 3. Choose the destination location path. Here you can select Share/NAS > Add Share or NAS Devices, and then type in the IP address when required.

Select Destination

Add Network Location

Step 4. Click Schedule, and you can set a schedule to synchronize daily, weekly, or monthly. Then click Start Sync.

Start Sync

Finally, access the files from the Network shared folder from the new computer wirelessly.


  • File/Folder can’t be synchronized to CD-ROM/DVD/Blue-Ray.

  • Individual file that is more than 4GB cannot be synchronized to FAT/FAT32 because of partition limitation.

All in all, this freeware can transfer files between laptop and desktop regularly with less manual operations. If you are using File Sync, don’t waste other powerful features in AOMEI Backupper, like System Backup, Disk Backup and Disk Clone.

If you want to protect unlimited computers within your company, you may pick AOMEI Backupper Technician. It also allows you to create portable sync software so that you can sync files on any computer. Just go for this tool!