3 Ways to Transfer Files Between Two PCs in Windows 11/10🏅

This tutorial article introduces you 3 major ways to help you share and transfers files, apps or programs between two PCs in Windows 11/10. If you need fast and effective methods to share or transfer files, software, apps etc between two PCs, follow to get wanted methods and do the job now.

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Workable Solutions Step-by-step Troubleshooting
Part 1. Transfer Files between Computers using Third Party Software 

Method 1. Use EaseUS PCTrans...Full steps

Method 2. Use the Internet...Full steps

Method 3. Use an external storage device...Full steps

Part 2. Share Files between Computers with Windows Nearby Sharing Step 1. Settings > System > Shared experiences > Nearby Sharing > Turn On > Set drop-down as Everyone nearby...Full steps

How to share/transfer files between two PCs in Windows 11/10?

Since more and more users are using Windows 11/10, quite a lot of users are changing their computers from old desktops into new laptops. And data transferring becomes a big problem for them. 

How to share or transfer files between two PCs in Windows 11/10 becomes a question. If you are trying to transfer files between two PCs or need to migrate apps from an old PC to a new one, follow the two parts for transferring/sharing files between computers and PCs with ease now. 

In part one, we recommend three methods targeting the transfer of files between computers, which aim to solve file size and network connecting problems. 

  • Large file transfer (scattered file location) - Method 1
  • Small files transfer on the same network. - Method 2
  • Transfer files without the network connections. - Method 3

In part two, we also introduce Nearby Sharing for sharing files between computers. If you are going to share data with your friends or family members, please read the latter part to get more details. 

Part 1. Transfer Files between Computers 

Let's see how to share and transfer files between your computers like an expert here without any skills.

Method 1. EaseUS Todo PCTrans

What is the fastest way to transfer files between computers? If you need an efficient method to save time and energy for transferring files, applications, or other software with your friends, colleagues, or classmates, your best choice is to use professional file transfer software. 

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Why is that? Here below are some advances that professional file transfer software can bring you:

  • Saving time and energy copying and pasting files into a new PC.
  • Transfer more wanted files to new PCs: programs, software, applications, or games.
  • No data loss trouble and no false operation would occur.
  • Support to transfer files without the network. (If you need to move confidential files, you might need this feature.)

So, how do you find such free file transfer software? Here, we'd like to recommend you try EaseUS PCTrans Free, which supports you to transfer whatever you want, such as personal files, essential software, programs, games, or apps, into another drive in one PC or other PC with simple clicks. 

You may follow the below tutorial to directly transfer transfer files between two PCs now directly:

If you want to transfer a significant number of data without limitation, please activate it to a pro edition and follow the guidelines here to start the transfer with ease.

Step 1. Install and open EaseUS Todo PCTrans on both your PC and laptop. Select "PC to PC" and choose the transfer direction (New PC or Old PC) to transfer files, applications, and user account from PC to your laptop directly.

transfer files from PC to laptop - step 1

Step 2. Connect the PC to the laptop by entering either the laptop's account password or its verification code. You can go to the "PC to PC" mainscreen and turn on the button behind "Connection Verification". 

transfer files from PC to laptop - step 2

Step 3. Now, choose "Files" to select files to transfer. By default, PCTrans will transfer and save data to the same location on the target computer. But you can click the "Edit" icon to customize the storage path as you need.  

transfer files from PC to laptop - step 1

Step 4. Now, click "Transfer" to start to transfer files from PC to laptop at a fast speed.

transfer files from PC to laptop - step 5

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With this tool, you can easily perform laptop-to-laptop data transfer.

Method 2. Use the Internet to transfer files between computers

Another useful method for transferring data between PCs is to use the Internet. You can directly connect your PCs to LAN/WiFi and transfer important files to a new PC.
Here below, we have collected several file transferring ways for you:

  • Transfer files via local network drive/NAS
  • Transfer files through Cloud services
  • Transfer files through Email
  • Transfer files by apps such as Skype/WeChat/Instagram, etc

You may follow the below guidelines to transfer files through the internet now:

1. Connect both PCs with the same network.

2. Log in to your Cloud/Email/Apps, which you choose to transfer files or open Local Network Drive with your account.

  • Cloud/Email/APPs

Cloud/Email/APPs transfer is a useful approach you can take to transferring files from PC to PC. It supports Google Drive or Cloud devices for transferring files over the network. 

If you want to access files on another computer, you can also choose Windows apps like Facebook or other standard applications.

cloud transfer

  • Local Network Drive (Only for transferring folders)

Transfer file locally is the most common method under the Internet.

Local PC: Right-click on the file > select Properties > Sharing tab > Share > File Sharing window

Another PC: File Explorer > Network > Network discovery > Turn on network discovery and file sharing

share files locally

3. Select files you need to transfer and send to a new PC or copy to the local network drive. Receive and save transferred files to a new PC.

The only thing that may affect the transferring speed and process is the network speed.

Method 3. Use an external storage device to transfer files between two PCs

If you don't have a network connection on your PCs, you may try this way, which is to copy and paste files into an external storage device such as a USB drive, SD/memory card/external hard drive, etc., and then move those files into new PC.

1. Transfer files via Backup and Restore

You can create images of files and automatically export them from the source PC to the target PC. Download EaseUS Todo PCTrans on each PC, and you can transferring data.

backup and restore

2. External hard drive 

Using an external storage device can transfer files between two computers without the limitation of the computer’s location. 

1. Connect the external storage device with the source PC from which you want to transfer files;

2. Select files that you want to transfer to copy into the device;

3. After finishing the copying process, disconnect the storage device from the PC and connect it to the new PC;

4. Then move files to the new PC.

external hard drive

3. transfer files between computers via a transfer cable

If your two PCs are in the same location, we recommend you choose the transfer cable. When using the external hard drive, you need to transfer files between three devices. However, cables like Belkin Easy Transfer (F5U279) can simplify the transfer process. 

usb cable

1. Please note that if you need to transfer installed software, apps, programs, etc. into new PCs, you’ll need EaseUS PCTrans or similar software for help.
2. Please be careful while trying Method 2 or Method 3 to share/transfer files between two PCs.

You can post this comprehensive guideline on your social media to offer help:


Part 2. File Sharing between Computers with Windows Nearby Sharing

The above method is to help you quickly transfer files. If you want to achieve file-sharing that different computers can access to read and edit, Microsoft also introduces an easy way for network file sharing - Nearby Sharing.

nearby sharing

Steps for local network file sharing

Step 1. Settings > System > Shared experiences > Nearby Sharing > Turn On > Set drop-down as Everyone nearby
Step 2. File Explorer> choose files > Share > choose another PC nearby

Video Tutorial

This video includes the above methods for PC to PC file transferring. If you are interested in, follow to get more details here:

About the Author

Updated by Oliver

Oliver is an EaseUS professional writer who dares explore new areas. With a passion for solving tech issues with straightforward guides for common users, Oliver keeps honing his writing craft by developing in-depth solutions for disk and partition management, computer boot-up issues, file transfer, etc.

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Written by Tracy King

Tracy became a member of the EaseUS content team in 2013. Being a technical writer for over 10 years, she is enthusiastic about sharing tips to assist readers in resolving complex issues in disk management, file transfer, PC & Mac performance optimization, etc., like an expert.

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3 Ways to Transfer Files Between Two PCs in Windows 11/10🏅

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