The first thing most of us want to do after getting a new computer is transferring data from the old PC into the new one. From files and settings to all those favorite applications, we wouldn’t want to lose any.
If you are someone who don’t want to give up all that old data you saved all these years, in this article you will learn just how easily you can transfer files from your old PC to the newer one.
How To Transfer Files To Your New Computer :
For people who are very particular in organizing their files, transferring data is a piece of cake. All you have to be good at is copying and pasting.
Yes, simply by copying all your files into an external hard disk and then pasting them in your new PC it’s done without any pain. But if you are one who is less maintains a less organized file structure, this post is specially made for you.
Windows provides the ‘Windows Easy Transfer’ tool which is available in-built in Windows 7, 8 and 8.1. This software is also available in the Windows XP and Vista platforms.
This software helps you to speed things up a lot. If you are upgrading from Windows XP or Vista, this software has all the options you need. All you have to do is to run the Windows Easy Transfer on your old computer.
This software then lets you transfer all your files, media and setting into a USB Flash Drive. Now plug this drive into your new computer and easily copy all the data from the old computer into your new computer.
Also Read: How to build a USB Flash Drive
This method maybe familiar to a lot of people but the real problem is you might not have that large capacity external drive with you. Even for those with such problem there is an alternative.
The Home-group Feature:
Windows provides its users the ‘Home-group’ feature. Through this you can transfer all your data into the new computer over the home network.
This process is a bit slow but is completely free of cost and no external hardware is required. To utilize this feature, open the Windows File Explorer and select ‘home-group’ option available in the sidebar.
Home-group is not all about transferring files. You can even save devices like your printers with other computers in your home network. You will also have the liberty to choose what you want to share and what not to by setting permissions.
NOTE: You cannot transfer files from your old to new computer. It means you can’t use this method if your new computer is running on 64-bit windows and the older computer is a 32-bit Windows operating system.
Also Read: How to speed up your old computer