June 9, 2014

How to Migrate Windows XP to Windows 7/8 Easily

In the earlier post, we have seen security tips for Windows XP survival. Now, as Microsoft stopped its support for Windows XP, we must know how to transfer or migrate XP to Windows 7 or 8/8.1. The process can be done using Microsoft Easy Transfer tool or using other file transfer applications. Firstly, we see how Microsoft Easy Transfer does the job.

How to Migrate Windows XP to Windows 7 or 8 Easily

Using Microsoft Easy Transfer

Microsoft Easy Transfer manager helps you to transfer your files, photos, videos, email, and settings to Windows 7 and make sure to install the appropriate version, i.e. 32 or 64-bit (Check whether you old PC running 32-bit or 64-bit Windows). This tool lets you migrate all your settings by profile, and delivers a full report of everything moved on.

We can complete the same task in an easier way, by using Windows Easy Transfer and an external USB drive or HDD. Follow the below steps for Windows XP migration to Windows 7 as well as Windows 8:

  1.    Install a brand new Windows 7 OS on your machine and go to Start -> Getting Started -> Transfer your files.

  2.    Here, you have three options to transfer items to your new computer.
  • An Easy Transfer cable (which you can get from Microsoft’s store)
  • A network
  • An external hard disk or USB flash drive (Choose this if you are using “Microsoft Easy Transfer”). Select this option to move on.
Windows Easy Transfer on Windows 7

  3.    Now, Select “This is my new computer” -> Choose “No

  4.    Before this step, make sure that you plug-in the external drive into the Windows 7 machine. Select “I need to install it now” option to install Windows Easy Transfer on your old computer.

  5.    And now, choose “External hard disk or shared network folder” or “USB flash drive”, so that a common location can access both your computers. Now it starts copying Easy Transfer.

Copying Windows Easy Transfer

  6.    You’ll be prompted to switch over the old computer, i.e. Windows XP after completing the process.

Configuring XP Transfer Process:

       A. Now, you are on the XP machine. Just plug-in the external hard drive and launch Easy Transfer.

       B. Select the appropriate hard drive on XP machine.

         Note: Remember that your drives might have different names on each computer. Select the right hard drive to move on.

      C. Easy Transfer prepares to run and you’ll be displayed a welcome screen just like on the Windows 7 machine. Select “Next” to continue.

Windows XP Windows Easy Transfer

      D. Again, choose “An external hard disk or USB flash drive” to transfer items to your new computer.

      E. A list of user accounts is displayed where you can choose what to save.

      F. Click Customize -> Advanced link to select specific files and folders, and click on Save. Click “Next” to continue.

      G. You have the option to protect your backup with a password (optional). Click “Save” to continue.

      H. On successful completion, time to go back and plug the external drive into the new Windows 7 machine.

  7.    On the Windows 7 machine, click “Yes” to browse to the location where Easy Transfer saves your files.

  8.    On the external drive, move to the location of the backup.

Location of Backup on External Drive

  9.    You can now choose individual files and folders to restore or the entire backup to begin the transfer.

  10.    Finally, upon successful transfer, you can see what has been transferred with a detailed report.

Note: Not all settings and programs are transferred to your new OS, but overall this is an easy way to transfer programs and files which are compatible.

Using Laplink PCmover Express:

Laplink PCmover Express is another way to migrate Windows XP data to Windows 7 or 8. PCmover connects to the internet and gives you a step by step procedure for transfer, without modifying any personal setting on your new PC. It offers 24x7 free transfer assistance as well. Note that, you cannot transfer apps using PCmover Express.

Using Upgrade Advisor

You can make use of Windows 7 or Windows 8/8.1 Upgrade Advisor to upgrade your old PC to Windows 7 or 8. It checks your program compatibility issues with the new OS by scanning your PC hardware, devices, and installed programs, and provides you guidance to resolve the issues.
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