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How to Transfer Files Between Two Different Operating Systems

Updated on Dec 19, 2018 by Jean to PC Transfer

Summary:
How to Transfer files between two operating systems? There should be two answers. First, the file transfer happens to the same computer with two operating systems, i.e., a dual boot system. Second, it is for different computers, for example, one is running Windows 7 while the other is running Windows 10. This page covers solutions to both situations.

By utilizing a proper method, you can reach the goal of transferring data, files, folders, and applications from PC to PC, from PC to laptop, from PC to a storage media, or even within one computer after doing an in-place operating system upgrade. In early Windows OS versions before Windows 10, there is an inbuilt Windows Easy Transfer Tool which can accomplish the most transfer tasks. Here, on this page, we're going to share some thoughts to transferring everything from two different operating systems, whether it's on a dual-boot computer or between two computers. 

But there are some limitations when you choosing a transfer approach. For example, Windows Easy Transfer is not available in Windows 10, so whenever Windows 10 is involved, you have to give this tool up and go for an alternative Windows 10 easy transfer tool. Besides, it supports to move items in the following.

  • User accounts
  • Documents
  • Music
  • Pictures and videos
  • e-mail
  • Contacts and messages
  • Internet favorites
  • Program settings

If it's for the migration of system personalization settings, like background settings and power settings. What's more, application software and Windows programs, it seems that you have to say goodbye to the inbuilt tool forever.

EaseUS Todo PCTrans

Is there a comprehensive file transfer software that can fully replace the role of the Windows easy transfer, meanwhile, make up for its shortcomings? Yes, EaseUS Todo PCTrans comes to play.

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For Windows 10/8/7/Vista/XP

How to Transfer files between two operating systems with the EaseUS transfer utility? There should be two answers. First, the file transfer happens to the same computer with two operating systems, i.e., a dual boot system. Second, it is for different computers, for example, one is running Windows 7 while the other is running Windows 10.

Next, you will find solutions to both situations below.

There are three modes that facilitate file transfer between different operating systems, including via network connection, via an image file and transfer local applications:

 

Step 1: Download and launch EaseUS Todo PCTrans on both of your computers.

Step 2: Select the transfer mode

  • PC to PC - This mode helps to transfer files, applications between PCs with different operating systems via network LAN
  • Image Transfer - This mode helps to create the image of files, applications, and transfer between PCs with different OS without internet/LAN
  • App Migration - This mode helps to transfer installed programs and software from C drive to other drive or external storage device without reinstallation.
transfer files from pc to pc via network

Step 3: Transfer files between two different operation systems

To transfer files from PC to PC (via Internet)

Tip: This is the most recommended way to transfer data from one operating system to another on two computers. Also, make sure that the computers reside on the same LAN.

1. Click the "PC to PC" button to move on and click "Continue". Connect two computers on the same LAN via the IP address.

transfer files between different operating system

2. Select the files or data that you want to transfer. Click the edit icon to browse a new location on the target PC to save transferred files.

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3. Click "Transfer" to transfer files between two different operating systems.

click transfer

Transfer files from PC to PC without network (via Image Transfer)

Tip: For computers not on the same LAN, or, for a dual-boot system, you can only pick up this method.

1. Select "Image Transfer" and click "Start".

transfer files via image

2. Click "Create", select the destination to store the image. Usually, USB or external hard drive is more preferable.

transfer files via image

3. Choose the folders, programs to create the image.

transfer files via image

4. Connect the device with created image to the target computer and run EaseUS Todo PCTrans on it, choose "Recover" and select the files to transfer.

transfer files via image

An important tip

Neither of the transfer tools mentioned on this page supports data migration from a higher Windows version to a lower one. That is to say, you can't use any of the software to transfer data from Windows 10 to Windows 7/8/XP/Vista or from a 64-bit version of Windows to a 32-bit version of Windows. If this happened to be your unsolved issue, the best way is to use the free backup software. For example, to create a backup of wanted data and then restore.

Also, can the software transfer files across Windows platforms from Windows XP or Vista to Windows 7/8/8.1/10? No problem. Feel free to follow the guide above if you're in such a need.

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For Windows 10/8/7/Vista/XP