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Windows Easy Transfer
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Windows Easy Transfer on Windows 7
Developer(s) Microsoft
Initial release November 8, 2006
Stable release 6.1.7600.16385 / October 22, 2009
Operating system Windows XP, Windows Vista,Windows 7
Type File transfer
License Proprietary EULA
Website Windows Easy Transfer

Windows Easy Transfer is a program included in newer versions of Microsoft Windows operating systems which helps users to move files and settings stored on their computers running Windows XP or more recent to a new computer running Windows Vista or Windows 7. [1] It succeeded the Files and Settings Transfer Wizard included in Windows XP. The application is downloadable for Windows XP. [2]


Features transferred

Windows Easy Transfer can transfer [1]:

  • Files and folders including photos, music, videos, documents, email messages and contacts
  • User accounts and user account settings
  • Application configuration data files and settings
  • Several Windows configuration settings stored in the registry

The program does not support transferring entire applications themselves and system files such as fonts and drivers.[1] For transferring certain supported applications, Microsoft had planned to release Windows Easy Transfer Companion but never released the final version. [3] Also, for power users, administrators and enterprise computers, a command-line User State Migration Tool (USMT) is available. [4].

Transfer methods

There are several methods that can be used [1]:

Transferring over a Direct Cable Connection using parallel or serial cables and using floppy disks is not supported. [5] These methods were supported in the Files and Settings Transfer Wizard in Windows XP.

Current issues

There are currently issues transfering data from systems in different languages. Files could not be recovered on those situations and the backup could be only opened using an operating system with the original language.

See also


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