Microsoft Enhances Windows Easy Transfer for Windows 7
Article by George Norman
On 07 May 2009
Following the release of Windows 7 RC, Microsoft is touting the fact that Windows Easy Transfer, a software application meant to help you move files, user accounts and application settings from one PC to another (preferably from an older PC to a new one), has been enhanced. Feedback received from Windows Vista customers has been analyzed by the development team behind the app and used to come up with enhancements which were implemented in the new version of Windows Easy Transfer for Windows 7.

Windows Communications Manager on the Windows Client Communications Team, Brandon LeBlanc, comments: “Many folks have PCs in their homes that are used by multiple family members and thus may also have multiple user profiles. The new version of Windows Easy Transfer detects all user profiles on a single PC and allows customers to pick and choose which of the user profiles they want to transfer files from.”


There are three main ways in which you can transfer files via Windows Easy Transfer:
1. Windows Easy Transfer cable
2. Over a network
3. By using an external hard drive

It must be said that Windows Easy Transfer allows users to transfer files from XP and Vista powered PCs to Windows 7 RC powered ones, as well as from a Windows 7 Beta powered PC to one running on Windows 7 Release Candidate.

Other enhancements to Windows Easy Transfer for Windows 7 include a cleaner and easier to understand UI (user interface) that displays the size of each user profile you wish to transfer, and enhanced selectivity. Brandon LeBlanc again: “Windows Easy Transfer also allows for enhanced selectivity of what is to be transferred. It is now possible to see every file that is selected for the migration and make changes on a per file basis. Do you have a big file (like a video) you don’t want to transfer to your new PC? You can now prevent that file from being transferred.”

When the migration process from one PC to another via Windows Easy Transfer for Windows 7 is completed, the user can view a detailed report that contains data regarding what was moved, where it was moved, and what software applications you had installed on your older PC. There are even links to help you in re-installing those apps on your new PC.

Additional details on how to migrate to Windows 7 and Windows Easy Transfer are available here.
Details on hard-link migration available here.

Tags: Microsoft, Windows 7, Windows Easy Transfer
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