Need to migrate your documents, files, and other personal stuff from a Windows 7 computer to one running Windows 10? Here’s how.
Do you have a brand new computer running Windows 10? Cool, but what about your old computer, possibly a Windows 7 PC? Maybe there are specific personal files and settings that you want to transfer from your old computer to your new one. With Windows 7 on both ends, you could’ve used the built-in Windows Easy Transfer tool, which migrates your entire user profile and all its files and settings. But Windows 10 doesn’t support Easy Transfer. (Thanks Microsoft!) So what are your options?
Microsoft offers a free utility called the User State Migration Tool (USMT). However, USMT is a command-line utility designed for IT professionals and isn’t very user friendly. A few developers make graphical interfaces for the USMT, which you can try. But you may find a third-party utility the easiest way to migrate your profile.
Zinstall Easy Transfer is one such migration program, though it’ll cost you $59. Another is EaseUS Todo PCTrans Pro with a price tag of $49.95. A more affordable option is Laplink’s PCMover Express. PCMover Express normally sells for $29.95 but is available for $14.95 until August 31, 2017. Two more advanced versions called PCMover Home and PCMover Professional sell for $39.95 and $44.95, respectively.
PCMover Express can transfer your user profile with your files, data, and settings. PCMover Home can move certain programs as well. PCMover Professional ups the ante with its ability to restore an older PC image to a new operating system and copy the hard drive contents from one PC to another. For our purposes, we’ll use the Express version to transfer just the user profile.