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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. Select the transfer mode.

  • Download and install EaseUS Todo PCTrans on both computers.
  • Launch EaseUS Todo PCTrans on the PCs and choose "PC to PC". (The "PC to PC" feature transfer files based on the network connection. If your PCs are not on the same LAN, choose "Image Transfer" instead.)
  • Ensure your PCs meet the requirements of network-based transfer and click "Continue".
select transfer mode

Step 2. Connect the two computers.

  • Choose another computer and click "Connect".
  • Enter the login password of the target computer and click "OK".
  • Specify the transfer direction and click "OK".
connect the PCs

Step 3. Choose the files you want to transfer.

  • Hover on the "Files" option and click "Edit".
  • Check the files you want to transfer.
  • If you want to change the default storage path, click the "Edit" icon.
  • Afterward, click "Finish".
select the files you want to transfer

Step 4. Transfer files between two different operating systems.

  • After selecting the files, click “Transfer” to start the transfer process.
  • When it has done, click “OK” and you can go to check the files on the target PC.
transfer files between two different operating systems

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