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How to use the Windows Easy Transfer feature to transfer files and settings using an Easy Transfer cable?

Using the Windows Easy Transfer feature to transfer files and settings using an Easy Transfer cable.

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1. Connect one end of the Easy Transfer cable to a USB port on the new computer and the other end to a USB port on the old computer.
2. In the Which computer are you using now? window, click to select This is my new computer.
3. In the Do you need to install Windows Easy Transfer on your old computer? window, click to select I need to install it now.
NOTES:

- If you already installed Windows Easy Transfer on the old computer that is running the Windows XP or Windows Vista operating system, click I already installed it on my old computer, go to the old computer, open Windows Easy Transfer and then skip to step 9.
- If the old computer is running the Windows 7 operating system, click My old computer is running Windows 7, go to the old computer, open Windows Easy Transfer and then skip to step 9. 

4. Connect a USB flash drive or external hard drive to the computer.
5. In the How do you want to install Windows Easy Transfer on you old computer? window, click External hard disk or USB flash drive depending on the device used.
6. In the Browse For Folder window, browse to and click to select the drive or folder where you like to save the file and then click the OK button.
NOTE: The Windows Easy Transfer installation files will be copied to the drive.

7. In the Install Windows Easy Transfer on your old computer window, click the Next button.
8. Remove the USB flash drive or external hard disk from the new computer and connect it to the old computer.
NOTE: On the old computer, if Windows Easy Transfer starts automatically, skip the next step.

9. On the old computer, open the folder or drive where the Windows Easy Transfer file was saved and then double-click Windows Easy Transfer.
NOTES:

- If prompted for an administrator password or a User Account Control prompt is displayed, type the appropriate password, click Continue or click Yes.
- You may be prompted to install the latest service pack update. If Windows Vista operating system is used, refer to Microsoft KB Article ID 935791. If Windows XP operating system is used, refer to Microsoft KB Article ID 322389. 

 

10 In the Windows Easy Transfer window, click the Next button.
11. In the Which computer are you using now? window, click This is my old computer.
NOTE: On the new computer, Windows Easy transfer will scan to determine what files can be transferred.

12. On the new computer, in the Choose what to transfer window, choose the desired files and folders you would like to transfer.
The following transfer options are available:

     - To select by user, click the checkbox next to a user account to select or remove it and then click the Transfer button.
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    - To select by file categories, use the following procedure:
        - Under the desired user account, click Customize.
        - Click the checkbox next to a file category to select or remove it.
        - Close the file categories pop-up window and then click the Transfer button.
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   - To select by individual files and folders, use the following procedure:
        - Under the desired user account, click Customize.
        - In the file categories pop-up window, click Advanced.
        - In the Modify your selections window, click the checkbox next to a file or folder to select of remove it.
        - Click the Save button and then click the Transfer button.
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13. In the Your transfer is complete window, to view a report on the files that were transferred, click See what was transferred.
NOTE: The Program report provides a list of suggested applications for installation.
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14. Click the Close button.
15. On the old computer, in the Windows Easy Transfer window, click the Close button.
16. Disconnect the Easy Transfer cable from both computers.
NOTE: If the transferred user account does not exist on the new computer, it will be created and the files and settings are transferred to the appropriate folders under that user account.