Options For Migrating To Windows 7

Many people avoid migrating to the latest version of Windows because the thought of moving all their settings and files seems like a daunting task. Fortunately, Microsoft provides two different technologies that make it easy to move data from previous versions of Windows to Windows 7. These tools are Windows Easy Transfer and User State Migration Tool 4.0.

Windows Easy Transfer

Windows Easy Transfer was included with Windows Vista, but the version in Windows 7 contains several enhancements. You would use Windows Easy Transfer when you want to move data for all of the users on a single computer to a new computer.

You can use Windows Easy Transfer can use it to transfer the following components between computers:

  • User accounts
  • Email
  • Documents
  • Internet favorites
  • Music / videos
  • Pictures>

User State Migration Tool 4.0

In cases where you need to migrate many computers to Windows 7, you can use the User State Migration Tool (USMT). It provides fast and flexible options for migrating user profiles and data from one operating system to another

The User State Migration Tool will migrate the following components:

  • Each user profile including folders, desktop files, Start Menu, Quick launch settings, and Favorites
  • Email messages, settings and contacts
  • Photos, music, and videos
  • Files and folders
  • Internet Settings
  • Program data files and settings
  • Access control lists
  • Selected user accounts


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