By Ivy / Last update December 27, 2021

When need to transfer files from Windows 10 to Windows 11?

You may already know that the latest version of Windows is officially released and Microsoft says you can free upgrade to Windows 11 if you are currently using Windows 10 that meet minimum system requirements for Windows 11. Thus, some users may already upgrade Windows 10 to Windows 11 and want to transfer files from Windows 10 to Windows 11.

If you use the Check for update or Windows 11 installation assistant to free upgrade Windows 10 to Windows 11, your files may stay as it was in Windows 10. But if your computer does not meet the Windows 11 system requirement or you choose to clean install Windows 11, you may lose all of your data during the process unless you keep a copy of your files in advance.

No matter what your situation is, you can learn 3 useful ways to transfer files from PC to PC over network or without internet.  

Way 1: Transfer files from Windows 10 to Windows 11 over network

If you are currently using Windows 10, you may know or already use OneDrive, a cloud storage comes preinstalled into this version of computer.

It allows you to backup your important folders on the current computer, including Desktop, Documents, and Pictures, and you can transfer them to all of your devices as long as you sign in with the same account. And It provides users with 5GB free cloud storage space.

That’s to say, you can backup all the important folders in Windows 10 and sign in with the same account in Windows 11, all of your files in these folders are synced to Windows 11 and you can access them through OneDrive desktop app or cloud storage. And you don’t need to pay for the space if your files are less than 5GB. Then, let’s see how to transfer files from PC to PC over network using OneDrive.

Step 1. Search “onedrive” on your Windows 10 computer and you will be asked to set up your OneDrive if this is the first time you use it. Type your email address and then password, please remember to click “Sign in”.

Set Up OneDrive

Note: If you don’t have any account, click “Create account” and fill in with required info first.

Step 2. After loading the account info, you will see Your OneDrive folder window and the default location of OneDrive. Confirm it and click Next.

Your OneDrive Folder

Note: If you want to change the location of OneDrive folder, click “Change Location” at the lower left corner.

Step 3. Then, you will be asked to get to know your OneDrive, click "Next" three times and "later".

Later

Step 4. In the Your OneDrive is ready for you window, click  “Open my OneDrive folder" and check if all of your files are here. Also, you can check it in cloud storage or other devices.

Open My OneDrive Folder

Step 5. Start your Windows 11 computer. Then, sign in and set up your Microsoft OneDrive account as previously. 

By default, it will sync Desktop, Documents, and Pictures folder automatically. If you want to make changes to these folder, right-click cloud icon and select Help & Settings > Settings > Backup > Manage Backup, then you can uncheck any of them. Also, you can go to Account and Choose folders to select which folder will be available on-demand in your “OneDrive” folder.

Microsoft OneDrive is very useful when transferring files from PC to PC over network, but it still has some limitations. For example, you are only allowed to sync files saved or modified in the OneDrive folder.

Way 2: Transfer files from Windows 10 to Windows 11 using external hard drive

Transferring files from PC to PC using OneDrive requires an internet, But what if you don’t have internet for data transfer? Don’t worry about it, you can still transfer files from Windows 10 to Windows 11 without internet.

The simplest way is to use external hard drive or USB flash drive as an intermediary between the two computers. Please be sure the storage device you prepare is big enough to hold all the data you want to transfer. Then, follow the steps below to transfer them.

Step 1. Connect your external hard drive to Windows 10 computer. Then, open the File Explorer, click This PC at the side bar, find your drive and double-click it to open a new window.

Connect External Hard Drive to Laptop

Step 2. Copy all the files you want to transfer into a folder. Right-click this folder and select the Copy option.

Step 3. Go back to your drive in the File Explorer. Right-click the blank space and select the Paste option, then your files will get started to transfer, just wait until the process completes.

Step 4. Disconnect your drive to Windows 10 and then connect it to your Windows 11 computer. Then, open your drive in the File Explorer, copy the folders you previously saved in the external drive and paste into your current computer.

It’s really easy to transfer files from Windows 10 to Windows 11, but you need to transfer files twice, it’s boring and time-consuming. If there are any large files, it will slow down the transfer speed and make the process even longer.

Way 3: Transfer files from PC to PC using free sync software

Whether your computer has Internet, or not, you can use free sync software for Windows 11/10/8.1/8/7/XP/Vista to transfer files (eg: documents, videos, email, photos) from Windows 10 to Windows 11 and it supports all kinds of storage device, including OneDrive, share or NAS, network drive, external hard drive, USB flash drive, etc.

And it would be better if it let you decide how to transfer your files, such as, one way file sync, real time sync, mirror sync, two way sync. And you can choose when to transfer, such as, daily, weekly, monthly. More so, it only sync changed files since the first sync task.

I strongly recommend you using AOMEI Backupper, its free version support some features listed above and its advanced version supports all of these features. You can download the free version on your Windows 10 computer to have a try right now and then see if can satisfy your needs. Then, follow the steps below to transfer files from PC to PC.

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Step 1. Open free sync software - AOMEI Backupper Standard. Then, navigate to “Sync” and “Basic Sync”.

File Sync

Note: If you want to sync files in real-time, you need to use “Real-Time Sync” feature. It will keep track of your files immediately after you made changes to it.

Step 2. In the Basic Sync window, click “Add Folder” and then select “This PC” and select the folder contain all the files you want to transfer from Windows 10 to Windows 11.

Add Folder

Note: If you want to sync multiple folders, you can click “+” to continue adding folders.

Step 3. Then, you need to select the destination location to receive your files.

>> If you want to sync files to OneDrive in Windows 10, you need to sync in with your Micrsoft account first.

>>  If you want to sync folder to network drive or NAS, you need to be sure you have the read and write priority. Otherwise, you will fail to connect it.

>> If you want to sync files to external hard drive or USB flash drive, you need to connect it to your computer and be sure it’s recognized.

Then, click the inverted triangle icon, you will see 3 options, namely, Select a cloud drive, Select a network location, Select a cloud drive. Select one of them per your needs, here take Select a cloud drive as an example. 

Select a Cloud Drive

Then, in the Select Cloud window, select OneDrive and click "OK" to confirm.

Select OneDrive

Step 4. After selecting sync destination, the sync task is almost done and you can directly click “Start Sync” to transfer files.

Transfer Files from Windows 10 to Windows 11

Tips:

  • If you want to sync deletions automatically, you can choose to enable the “Sync the deletions in source directory to destination” setting in the Options.
  • Also, you can sync files and changes made later with its Schedule Sync settings. “Daily”, “Weekly”, “Monthly” schedule sync are free of charge. “USB plug in” and “Event triggers” are available at least in the professional version of this software.

Hot topic: about Windows 11 free upgrade

Searching “transfer files from Windows 10 to Windows 11” online, many users still want to know if they can upgrade to Windows 11, how to download and install Windows 11, how to downgrade Windows 11 to Windows 10, etc. Please stay for a while and read the following content, you will get the answer.

1. How to check if I can upgrade to Windows 11

According to Microsoft, if your computer is running Windows 10, with version 2004 or later, and it meets the minimum system requirements for Windows 11, you will get the free upgrade option, no later than mid-2022, depending on device age and hardware.

To check if your computer meet these requirements, you can use PC health checker provided by Microsoft or other third-party tool, Windows 11 update checker in AOMEI Backupper Standard, for example.

PC Health Checker

2. How to download and install Windows 11

You can go to Settings > Update & Security > Windows Update and select Check for Updates. If the free upgrade option is available, click Download and Install to perform Windows 11 in-place upgrade.

Upgrade to Windows 11 Is Ready

Also, you can use manual way to upgrade Windows 10 to Windows 11, for example, using Windows 11 installation assistant or Windows 11 ISO file.

3. How to downgrade Windows 11 to Windows 10 without losing data

Microsoft says you can return Windows 11 to Windows 10 using Previous version of Windows in the Recovery options if your Windows 11 is installed within 10 days. And it will keep your files as it was.

Previous version of Windows

If it does not work or more than 10 days, you can choose to uninstall updates in the recovery environment, or directly clean install Windows 10. Please remember to backup files to external hard drive in Windows 11, otherwise you may lose your data.

Final words

You may already know how to transfer files from Windows 10 to Windows 11 over network or without internet, you can choose to sync files to OneDrive, use external hard drive as middle man, or directly transfer files using free sync software.  

Surprisingly, the free sync software supports all kinds of storage device, not only OneDrive, external hard drive, but also other storage devices recognized by Windows, and provides many useful features, such as, daily sync, weekly sync, monthly sync, sync the deletions in the source directory too destination, etc.

And if you don't mind making some investments, you can upgrade to professional version of AOMEI Backupper and enjoy more advanced features, such as, USB plug in, event triggers, real-time sync, mirror sync, etc.