Solved How do I transfer files from a Win 7 machine to my new Win 8

December 6, 2014 at 00:43:49
Specs: Windows 64
I am in the process of acquiring a new, custom built machine. My old one is 6 years old and is very slow. So I was trying to figure out how to transfer my old "libraries" to the new machine and I thought - "Well I have a Belkin Transfer Cable and the Windows Easy Transfer program - should be a snap. Right?" Wrong! I have just found out that while the cable and the WET program work well for an upgrade from Win 7 to Win 8, apparently for some unknown reason, it will not work very well for upgrades from Win 7 to Win 8.1. My question is then what do you do to transfer files from the old Win 7 machine to the new Win 8.1 machine. One solution I found, was to copy the files from the Win 7 machine to an external drive and then copy them from the drive to the new Win 8.1 machine. Talk about time consuming, this wins the prize! I have read that Microsoft wants people to use SkyDrive for this purpose. In my humble opinion this almost seems like a violation of anti-trust regulations. People should not be forced to use a product that they do not wish to use, but we are captive to the OS. I know there are others, Ubuntu, etc., but why should I have to move to another OS just to avoid being caught up in the Microsoft web.

I would appreciate knowing if anyone has done this recently (moving files from a Win 7 to a Win 8.1 system) and has found a more efficient, cost-effective solution than copying to an intermediary and then copying from it to Win 8.1. Any ideas or thought that anyone would care to share will be greatly appreciated. Thanks.


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December 6, 2014 at 15:30:14
Preparing Your Windows 8.1 PC and Setting Up Devices
http://www.quepublishing.com/articl...

Free PCmover Alternative:Transfer Data and Software to New Computers ( The free version only supports 2 applications )
http://www.softpedia.com/get/System...
http://www.easeus.com/pc-transfer/f...
http://www.easeus.com/free-pc-trans...



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December 6, 2014 at 02:23:16

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December 6, 2014 at 06:08:50
If you have a router of any kind (wired or wireless) you can easily network the computers together, set up a folder on your old desktop, and designate it as a shared drive. Put any files into that folder that you want to transfer. Then open Computer on the new desktop and you should see the folder there or a network link that will take you to it. Just copy and paste the files where you want them.
Another option I often do when I am no longer going to use the old machine is simply remove the hard drive from the old machine and install it in the new machine as a second hard drive. Once you start up you should be able to access all data. You can them copy/paste them between the drives much faster (SATA speeds). After you have copied all you need, you can either remove the drive or delete the partition on the old drive and create a new partition, format it and use the drive as a permanent internal back up location (fast and easy automatic back ups). This also solves the problem of securing your personal files from the old machine since disposing of the machine without the hard drive is safest. This of course means that you cannot as easily sell the machine without an operating system, but the resale value of an old slow machine is very little anyway (just recycle it).

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.


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December 6, 2014 at 07:46:05
Johnw, looks Interesting, but it seems that there is an intermediate step of transferring to a hard drive prior to moving the files to a new machine by simply moving the hard drive to the new machine. I was hoping to avoid that, as it seems this should not be necessary. What I am looking for (I think) is a software program that will run on both the old and the new machine, that uses the Belkin Transfer Cable that I already have. The Windows Easy Transfer program used to do that, but apparently it does not work well with Windows 8.1. If using a hard drive as an intermediary is the only way to do it, then I guess I am stuck, I do want to exhaust all other possibilities first.

WesternGuy

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December 6, 2014 at 07:52:25
Fingers, I am afraid that I do not have a router, except for the "box" that brings all the services ('phone, TV, Internet) into the house. It provides Wi-Fi capabilities, so maybe there is something to be gained using the wireless mode - don't know - I am not really that technically competent when it comes to this sort of thing. My "expertise", such as it is, starts when the cable comes into the computer. I have thought of putting the old HDD into the new machine and I guess that is one way to do it. Still looking for a software solution that will allow me to use my transfer cable.

WesternGuy


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December 6, 2014 at 15:30:14
✔ Best Answer
Preparing Your Windows 8.1 PC and Setting Up Devices
http://www.quepublishing.com/articl...

Free PCmover Alternative:Transfer Data and Software to New Computers ( The free version only supports 2 applications )
http://www.softpedia.com/get/System...
http://www.easeus.com/pc-transfer/f...
http://www.easeus.com/free-pc-trans...


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December 6, 2014 at 23:31:33
Thanks Johnw. The first URL you list underlines the real reason I posted this query. Windows Easy Transfer (WET) does not work with Win 8.1. The rest of them describe an app that seems to be able to do the job, but the "free" version only transfers 2 apps. I have found a product called "Easy Computer Sync" which works with the Belkin Transfer Cable that I have and appears to move data files, etc. the same way the old WET app did. It can be found here" . It will be the first one I will investigate.

WesternGuy


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#7
December 6, 2014 at 23:48:31
"The first URL you list underlines the real reason I posted this query"
Yep, I put that link, just in case there was something different in the instructions.

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December 6, 2014 at 23:52:08
Ok, I will watch for that. Thanks.

WesternGuy


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