How to Transfer XP Computer Files to a New Windows 7 Computer

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If you use a Windows XP computer and have purchased a new Windows 7 computer, you might want to transfer some or all of the files from the old computer to the new one. You can transfer the files one-by-one using portable media. However, Microsoft has a program, Windows Easy Transfer, that can do the difficult work for you and place the files in the appropriate folders on the new computer.

Things You'll Need

  • Windows Easy Transfer
  • Network connection
  • Flash Drive
  • Click the "Start" button on the Windows 7 computer. Type "Windows Easy Transfer" in the Search field and press "Enter."

  • Click "A Network," then select "This is My New Computer." Select "I Need to Install It Now" to tell Windows that you need to install Windows Easy Transfer on your old computer.

  • Insert a USB flash drive into your Windows 7 computer, then select to use that flash drive to install the program. When prompted, remove the flash drive from the Windows 7 computer and insert it in the Windows XP computer.

  • Click "My Computer" on the Windows XP desktop and double-click on the flash drive's icon. Windows Easy Transfer will generate a transfer key. Type that key into your Windows 7 computer. The appropriate field will already be displayed on the screen. The Windows 7 computer will now use your home network to scan the XP computer to see what files and settings it can transfer.

  • Click the boxes next to the files that you want to transfer once the scan completes. Click "Transfer."

  • Click "Restart" when prompted after the transfer completes. When your Windows 7 computer reboots, you will have your old XP files on the new computer.

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