By Ailsa / Last Updated August 4, 2020

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Any Windows Easy Transfer Alternative?

Hey, does anyone know of an alternative to Windows Easy Transfer? I'm trying to transfer files from Windows 7 to Windows 10, but this software seems to be removed from Windows 10. I can’t find it on my Windows 10 computer. Thanks in advance!


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Windows Easy Transfer

Windows Easy Transfer is an appropriate file transfer software developed by Microsoft, which is capable of transferring personal files and settings, including user profiles, documents, browser settings and application settings, from an earlier version of Windows computer to a newer version of Windows computer. It was firstly introduced in Windows Vista and is inherited in Windows 7, 8, 8.1.

According to Microsoft, Windows Easy Transfer is only support the following operating system:

  • Migrate Windows XP (SP2 and higher) to Windows 7

  • Migrate Windows Vista (SP1 and higher) to Windows 7

Hence, It’s not possible to perform Windows Easy Transfer Windows 7 to Windows 10 data migration in theory. Besides, it provides three ways to transfer data: an easy transfer cable, a network, or removable media like an external hard disk or USB flash drive.

How Windows Easy Transfer Works from Windows 7 to Windows 10 Migration?

As a matter of fact, we found one proven way for you to migrate data from Windows 7 to Windows 10 using Windows Easy Transfer: Please copy the migwiz folder at Windows Easy Transfer file location(C:Windows\System32\) in Windows 7 to Windows 10, and double click the migwiz.exe in migwiz folder, and then use Windows Easy Transfer in Windows 10 freely. There is no need to install Windows Easy Transfer in Windows 7, it’s a built-in data migration software in Windows 7.

Migwiz Folder

Note: A Windows Easy Transfer's migwiz folder taken from a 32-Bit PC will not run on a 64-Bit PC and vice versa.

Here is how to migrate Windows 7 to Windows 10 with Windows Easy Transfer (We have tested migrate from Windows 7 x64 to Windows 10 Enterprise x64 before, it’s worked):

1. Click Start -> Transfer your files to access Windows Easy Transfer in Windows 7.

2. Choose An external hard disk or USB flash drive. (or choose USB Easy Transfer Cable, or A network according to your needs)

Choose Transfer Way

3. Select This is my old computer.

This is My Old Computer

4. And Windows Easy Transfer will automatically detect all the data that can be transferred, and then press Next.

Choose Data To Transfer From This Computer

Tip: you could click Customize -> Advanced to customize what data should be transferred.

5. Hit Save to select a external hard drive to save the file named Windows Easy Transfer - Items from old computers.MIG.

Windows Easy Transfer Password

Tip: Set the password for these data if necessary or leave it blank.

Then all the selected files and settings in Windows 7 will be backed up to the external hard drive.

Now, connect the external hard drive to your Windows 10 computer, repeat step 1-4 in Windows Easy Transfer to restore Windows 7 files to Windows 10, select This is my new computer instead in step 3, and then click Transfer to start Windows 7 to Windows 10 migration.

This way is not applied to every Windows version and limited.

Windows Easy Transfer Limitations

Nevertheless, Windows Easy Transfer has some limitations may have influence on your data migration:

  • It cannot transfer installed programs and Windows operating system.

  • Does not allow to migrate from a 64-bit to a 32-bit system.

  • Windows Easy Transfer is not available in Windows 10.

In sum, if you would like to try Windows 7 to Windows 10 migration, you are supposed to turn to the windows easy transfer alternative for help. Another data migration tool - PCmover Express for Windows XP only support to move files, settings, and user profiles from a Windows XP computer to a Windows 7, 8, and 8.1, and it’s not transfer applications as well. Thus, try other reliable alternative to Windows Easy Transfer.

Best Free Windows Easy Transfer alternative - AOMEI Backupper

For the best windows easy transfer replacement, It's highly recommended to use AOMEI Backupper Standard, which can help you transfer files in simple ways no matter what the Windows version is. Why it’s the best free Windows Easy Transfer alternative? Here are some reasons:

1. AOMEI Backkupper Standard supports all kinds of Windows PC operating system, including Windows 10, 8.1, 8, 7, Vista, XP, including 32-bit and 64-bit.

2. AOMEI Backupper allows you to migrate music, videos, installed program, operating system, user profiles, user configured settings and more from one PC to another PC.

3. It permits you to migrate data from PC to PC no matter what the operating system is, 64-bit or 32-bit, Windows 7 or Windows 10, etc.

4. AOMEI Backupper provides you multiple powerful features to sync files in a better way. You could automatically sync files to Google Drive or other clouds via daily, weekly, monthly, etc.

How to transfer Files from PC to PC?

☝Important things:
1. You are supposed to make sure that both computers must be in the same network segment (same LAN).
2. Create a shared folder on the target computer. You can create a folder, right-click it and select Property, then click Share under the sharing tab, type everyone in the blank box and click Add, choose everyone and hit Share.
3. Please download the best Windows Easy Transfer alternative free - AOMEI Backupper Standard on your source computer, then install the program and launch it to open up the main interface.

Here are the instructions to migrate Windows 7 files to Windows 10 with the best Windows Easy Transfer alternative - AOMEI Backupper.

Step 1. Select Sync on the home window, then choose Basic Sync.

File Sync

Step 2. Click + Add Folder button to choose which files or folders will be transferred from Windows 7 computer.

Add Folder

Step 3. Hit the inverted triangle icon > Select a network location > Add Network Location > Input the Windows 10 computer’s IP address as Network Path, and then select the network shared folder as destination.

Select a Network Location

Add Network Location

Step 5. Press Start Sync to confirm syncing files from Windows 7 PC to Windows 10 PC easily.

Start Sync To NAS

Tips:
✍Options: Customize for your sync task, like comment the sync, enable email notification when it’s finished or encountered some errors, and other settings.
✍Schedule: It’s better for you to automatically sync files to target location via daily, weekly, monthly, event triggers, USB plug in, etc. if there is usually a change on your files.
✍If you would like to sync files as soon as they change, please choose Real-Time Sync option under the Sync tab on the main window to keep all files up to date. Please upgrade to AOMEI Backupper Professional to enjoy.

It's really simple to transfer files from one computer to another computer with the help of Windows 10 Easy Transfer alternative - AOMEI Backupper Standard.

Summing Up

As the best Windows Easy Transfer alternative, AOMEI Backupper Standard is skilled at syncing files or folders to local hard drive, cloud drive, external hard drive, USB flash drive, etc. Besides, it still allows you to clone entire hard disk to SSD easily, move individual partition to another location, as well as create a system image for Windows 7/8/10 computer, and more.

Moreover, AOMEI Backupper Professional also offers you more advanced features like migrate Windows 10 operating system to SSD, including the installed programs, command line utility, dynamic disk/volume backup/restore/clone, backup files with a certain file extension, etc.