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How to Use Windows 10 Easy Transfer

Updated on Oct 08, 2019 by Jean to PC Transfer

Summary:
How to use windows 10 easy transfer? Besides Windows Easy Transfer developed by Microsoft, we're going to introduce a third-party Windows 10 data transfer tool - EaseUS Todo PCTrans, which offers an easy and automated method for inexperienced users.

This article applies to those who are currently using Windows 10 operating system and trying to transfer personal files and settings from a computer running an earlier version. We introduce two solutions for how to use Windows 10 easy transfer. One, use Windows Easy Transfer developed by Microsoft; two, ask for help from a third-party data transfer tool - EaseUS Todo PCTrans. Next, you'll be guided to perform Windows 10 easy transfer with both methods. Go ahead and choose your preference.

Similarities Shared by Windows Easy Transfer and EaseUS Todo PCTrans

The built-in Windows Easy Transfer and the third-party software share many common places in functionalities. With both tools, you may choose to move:

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

Note that the only difference is that Windows Easy Transfer doesn't support to transfer applications. As such, you have to reinstall those applications that are compatible with Windows 10 manually.

how to use windows 10 easy transfer

Meantime, neither of them supports Windows 10 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 system backup and restore in Windows 10.

Comparison of the Use of Windows Easy Transfer and EaseUS Todo PCTrans

A few differences are listed below between Windows Easy Transfer and EaseUS Todo PCTrans.

Download Option

For Windows Easy Transfer download, if users' old PC isn't running Windows 7/8, they'll need to install the appropriate version of Windows Easy Transfer. There are download options for Windows XP download 32-bit/64-bit and Windows Vista 32-bit/64-bit.

However, for EaseUS Todo PCTrans, the download is much easier and faster. Users don't have first to figure out what Windows version they used on the old computer because EaseUS data transfer software goes compatible with any of the operating system.

Download

For Windows 10/8/7/Vista/XP

Ease of Use

If you are migrating data from Windows 7/8/XP/Vista to Windows 10 on the same computer by using Windows Easy Transfer, you'll have to use an external hard disk or a USB flash drive as an intermediary device. However, in case of the same computer data transfer, EaseUS Todo PCTrans won't bother such an external storage device. By creating an image file is enough. Learn how to create an image file and restore to Windows 10.

Transfer via an image file

Step 1. Create an image file. 

1. Connect your USB (flash) drive/external hard drive to your source computer. Launch Todo PCTrans, click "Image Transfer > Start" on the main screen.

Transfer files via image - step 1

2. Select "Create Image File > Create" to move on.

Transfer files via image - step 2

3. Click "Edit"  at Applications, User Accounts, and Files columns to choose the specific data, applications, etc. to create an image. 

Transfer files via image - step 3

Step 2. Recover via the created image file.

1. Plugin your USB drive which stores the created image file to the target PC and open EaseUS Todo PCTrans. Click "Image Transfer > Start > Recover via Image File > Recover".

Transfer files from PC to PC via image - step 1

2. Click "Browse" to locate the image file. Then, choose "Recover" and go to the next step.

Transfer files from via image - step 2

3. Now, you can select Applications/Files/Accounts you want to recover.

Or you can click the "Edit" button to choose the specific data to be transferred flexibly. Click "Finish" to confirm. Besides, you can also click the edit icon > "Submit" to change the target path to recover and save the files.

Transfer files via image - step 3

What about transfer data from an old computer to a new Windows 10 computer? Since most of the time users' computers are connected to a network, Windows Easy Transfer supports migration via a connected network, so does the latter. 

What's the difference

As the screenshot suggests in below, using Windows Easy Transfer makes the transfer NOT EASY. You'll always be requested an indirect operation by many clicks. 

how to use windows 10 easy transfer

Comparing with the former method, EaseUS Todo PCTrans becomes more direct and easy. Please read on.

PC to PC Transfer via a network

Step 1. Launch EaseUS Todo PCTrans on your source and target computers, connect both PCs via internet

1. At the "PC to PC" section, click "PC to PC" to continue. Connect both of your computers to the same LAN and click "Continue".

select pc to pc

2. Select your target computer by its IP address from the devices available and click "Connect" or click "Add a PC" and enter its IP address. Enter the login password of the target computer and click "OK". 

connect the two pcs

Step 2. Select the categories Applications, Files, and Accounts to transfer via the internet.

If you want to transfer data selectively, click "Edit" under each category and choose the specific items.

select applications, files or accounts

Step 3. Click "Transfer" to start transferring your apps/files/accounts from one computer to another computer via the Internet.

transfer applications, files or accounts via internet

In a nutshell, the use of EaseUS data transfer outstrips that of the built-in Windows Easy Transfer with highlighted advantages that it is easier to handle, with one more support of application transfer and relies on a more direct way of transfer which does not need an intermediary device during the transferring process.

Download

For Windows 10/8/7/Vista/XP