Top 3 Ways to Transfer Files from Windows 7 to Windows 11

If you want to transfer files from Windows 7 to Windows 11, but don't know how to do it, then this article is what you need. Here are some methods for your reference.


By Miya Updated on November 30, 2023

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Can I Transfer Files from Windows 7 to Windows 11?

Are you wondering if you can transfer your files from Windows 7 to Windows 11? Then the answer is a simple Yes. We have a lot of data stored in our system. So, when upgrading your operating system, the first thing that comes to your mind is how to transfer your files from one operating system to another smoothly and without any data loss.

There are many ways that you can easily transfer all your files. With this guide, we will provide you several reliable solutions that will help you transfer your files from Windows 7 to Windows 11 successfully.

How to Transfer Data from Windows 7 to Windows 11

Whatever your reason for wanting to transfer files from Windows 7 to Windows 11, such as upgrading your system or getting a new computer, you can refer to the following 3 simple methods.

Method 1. Fastest Way to Transfer Files from PC to PC via AOMEI Backupper

AOMEI Backupper is a full-featured Windows backup and restore tool. The software enables you to smoothly and efficiently migrate everything, including files and all data, from Windows 7 to Windows 11. The basic features of AOMEI Backupper are as follows:

🎃 Securely transfer everything - It enables you to move applications, files, programs, settings, and even user profiles from one computer to another in a secure way.
🎄 Different backup methods - you can use them to backup systems, disks, files, or partitions. You can choose the most suitable one according to your needs.
🎪 Various backup destinations - You can use it to back up your files to internal and external disks, cloud drives, USB flash drives, NAS devices and network locations.
🔮 Recover data and accounts from dead computers - you can still recover your data with it even in case of hardware and software failure.

How to transfer files from Windows 7 to Windows 11? You can use AOMEI Backupper to backup your files to AOMEI Cloud for Windows 7, and then restore this backup to Windows 11.

  1. Click the download button below to install AOMEI Backupper on your Windows 7 computer.
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  1. Open this software and in the left tab, select Backup -> Cloud Backup. Before using this feature, it is recommended to log in to your AOMEI Account.

Cloud Backup

  1. You can name it for "Task Name" box to help you distinguish it from other backups.

Task Name

  1. Click either “Add Folder” or “Add File” and then select the files/folders you want to transfer. Or, you can directly drag files/folders to here to add them. 

Add Files

  1. AOMEI Cloud is selected as the destination by default. If there is no automatic selection, you can click Login manually.

Signup and Login

🎍 Tip: For cloud backup tasks, you can also click the Schedule Backup button to enable scheduled backups and run backups automatically. Currently, there are only three schedule modes available for cloud backups. Daily, Weekly, and Monthly. And, incremental backup is the default backup method.

  1. Click "Start Backup" button to begin the backup process. And, click "Finish" once the process has completed.

Start Backup

  1. To transfer files from Windows 7 to Windows 11, you need to download an AOMEI Backupper on your Windows 11 computer as well. Then open this software and login to your cloud account.
  2. In the left tab, select "Restore" and click "Select Task". Then select a file backup task that you want to restore and click the "Next" button.


Method 2. Use Email to Transfer Files from Windows 7 to Windows 11

You can also use email to transfer files from Windows 7 to Windows 11 over the network, but it is not suitable for sending or transferring large files. Before you can send them, you need to compress these files. You can use file compression tools to compress them. However, you cannot use email to transfer applications and many other data.

Method 3. Transfer Files from Windows 7 to Windows 11 with Windows Built-In Tool

You can also use Windows built-in tools to do this. Before you start transferring files from Windows 7 to Windows 11, you should make sure that your computer is under the network. Here's how to do this.

  1. Locate the folder you want to share on the Windows 7 computer and right-click on it. Choose “Share with” and then select “Specific people...”.

Share with

  1. In the File Sharing window, use the drop-down menu to select the people you want to share with, then click "Add". You can choose to share with "Everyone", which means that anyone can access the files on your local network, even if they don't have a password.

Add People

  1. Click the user you just added on the list, set permissions for it, and click “Share”. When you see “Your folder is shared”, click “Done”.

Permission Level

  1. Keep the Windows 7 computer on and access the shared folder on the Windows 11 computer. Find the name of the Windows 7 computer in the Network section of the Windows 11 computer. Double-click the name to open it, and the shared folder will be there. You can copy the shared folder to other locations as you see fit.

Access Shared Folder

✍ Notes:
🎡 Shared items will be inaccessible when the Windows 7 computer is asleep.
🎭 If you have trouble accessing shared items on the Windows 11 computer, please go to Network and Sharing Center to change the Windows 11 file sharing settings.

Final Words

This article provides you with three methods to transfer files from Windows 7 to Windows 11. In comparison, the first method is the fastest and the most practical. It helps you to transfer multiple files or folders at the same time. The second method is not suitable for transferring large files. The third method can only share one folder at a time. If you have dozens of files from different folders to transfer, this can be very time-consuming.

Many other users on the forum ask "How do I transfer everything from my old computer to my new computer on Windows 11?" The AOMEI Backupper mentioned in the article can easily help you solve this problem. In addition to backup and restore, AOMEI Backupper offers you many other useful features. You can also use its cloning feature to migrate your system or transfer everything on your computer, such as transfer data to WD SSD.

Miya · Editor
Miya has an excellent insight and receives professional and systematic technical training since joining AOMEI. She has a comprehensive understanding of computer issues, aiming at helping users troubleshoot all kinds of problems. A lot of computer users around the world have found her articles very helpful!