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Windows Easy Transfer Alternative: Migrate Applications & Data from Windows XP to Windows 8/7

Updated on Jun 27, 2019 by Hana Lee to PC Transfer

Windows Easy Transfer, one good data migration tool, doesn’t move installed applications between PCs. Don’t worry, there are easy ways to transfer files, software from Windows XP to Windows7/8.

"Could I transfer files, office 2010 from Windows XP to my Windows 8 with Windows Easy Transfer? I have a 5-year-old computer with Windows XP, and I bought a new computer with Windows8 in May. On my XP, there are a large number of important pictures and document, purchased and installed software. Can I use Windows Easy Transfer to move them to my new computer, or any other way?"

Many XP users have the problem, after upgrading to the new operating system, they have to abandon their setting, installed software to enjoy the completely clean PC. Luckily Windows Easy Transfer released by Microsoft assists Windows users to move files, setting between PCs. But it couldn't resolve all the trouble which system upgrade and computer change bring. Suggest you the Todo PCTrans Free from EaseUS, it could transfer data and applications from Windows XP to Windows 10/8/7.


For Windows 10/8/7/Vista/XP

Transfer Data, Programs from XP to Windows 8/7 with Todo PCTrans Free


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.

transfer files between different operating system

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

If you are Windows 7 users and just need to move data and files, Windows Easy Transfer is a good choice. Here is a simple tutorial. After running the Windows Easy Transfer on Windows7, it will guide you to install Windows Easy Transfer on the old computer with XP through a hard disk or USB flash drive. Then it will show the same window on the old computer, and choose what you want to transfer like setting, folder to move. No matter Todo PCTrans or Windows Easy Transfer, hope the two tools can fix your problem, successfully transfer the videos, pictures, emails, installed software from Windows XP to Windows7 or Windows8.


For Windows 10/8/7/Vista/XP