2 Efficient Ways to Transfer from Windows 8 to Windows 10 or Windows 11

It is your priority to consider what you want to transfer from Windows 8 to Windows 10/11, since Windows Easy Transfer and a third-party transfer tool can both work on data transfer. However, the former does not support application transfer.

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Quick Navigation of Everything You Need for Transferring Files from Windows 8 to Windows 10 or Windows 11:

⏱ Duration 3-15 minutes or longer (depending on the file size you need to transfer)
? Data Type Files, Folders, Applications, Programs & Software, Games, and Account Settings.
? Supported OS Windows 8, Windows 10, Windows 11, and older OSes like Windows 7/XP/Vista, etc.
? Tools
  • Two computers: Windows 8 and Windows 10, or Windows 8 and Windows 11
  • File transfer tools: EaseUS Todo PCTrans, or Windows Easy Transfrer

Here we offer two options for an easy and quick transfer from Windows 8 to Windows 10. The Microsoft built-in Windows Easy Transfer is the first option while the other is to use the popular third-party transfer software - EaseUS Todo PCTrans Free.

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As I've compared the two ways in an early passage discussing how to use Windows 10 easy transfer, users may find that the former method does NOT support application transfer.

So it's your priority to consider what you want to transfer from Windows 8 to Windows 10, and you need carefully learn the features of both tools and choose your preference.

Which Method to Pick? Your guide here:

  • To transfer everything - files, apps, and settings to new Windows 10 or Windows 11 computer, take EaseUS Todo PCTrans.
  • To simply transfer small-sized data to older Windows computer, try Windows Easy Transfer.

Option 1. Transfer from Windows 8 to Windows 10/11 with Easeus Todo PCTrans Free

Supported OS: Windows 8.1/8/10/11 and older Windows 7/XP/Vista.

It's free and quick which saves considerable trouble for inexperienced Windows 10 newcomers. Besides the items cited on Windows Easy Transfer, EaseUS Windows 10 transfer software supports one more item called applications.

With Windows Easy Transfer, some mission-critical and line-of-business applications can't make a move from the current Windows platform to the new target OS version. In this situation, EaseUS Todo PCTrans comes to serving as a remedy. It outweighs the competitor in purpose.

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Meanwhile, the user guide of EaseUS Todo PCTrans is more comfortable. The process is set to be completed via a connected network or an image file. Let's learn how to use EaseUS Todo PCTrans to transfer from Windows 8 to Windows 10 or Windows 11.

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 "Backup and Restore" instead.)
  • Ensure your PCs meet the requirements of network-based transfer and click "Continue".
select transfer mode

Step 2. Connect the two computers.

  • Connect to the target PC, then input the account password or verification code of the target PC.
  • Check the verification code on the right top of the "PC to PC" main screen on the target PC.
  • Specify the transfer direction and click "Connect".
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

Feel free to share this method to more of your friends who are having the same taks to execute instantly:


Learn from the video tutorial of transferring files, software to Windows 10 by using EaseUS Todo PCTrans

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Option 2. Transfer from Windows 8 to Older Windows with Windows Easy Transfer

Supported OS: Windows 8.1/8 and older Windows 7/XP/Vista

Note that Microsft stopped serving Widows Easy Transfer on Windows 10, so you only can apply and use this tool to transfer files between Windows 8 computers or even older Windows devices. Here are the steps that you can follow to start:

Step 1. To start Windows Easy Transfer, you have to close all active programs first.

Step 2. Right-click the Windows Start button. You may find Windows Easy Transfer through All Programs - Accessories - System Tools. Or type "Windows Easy Transfer" in the search box to get it.

Open it, and you'll see the main window like this.

windows easy transfer from windows 8 to windows 10

Step 3. With Windows Easy Transfer, you're allowed to transfer user accounts, documents, music, pictures, e-mail, Internet favorites, and videos.

Step 4. Click "Next", you're told to transfer items to your new computer through an Easy Transfer cable, a network, and an external hard disk or USB flash drive.

windows easy transfer from windows 8 to windows 10

Step 5. Choose one transferring channel, and confirm the targeted computer is a new one or the previous one.

Step 6. Later you shall create a Windows Easy Transfer key, which will be confirmed on the destination computer Windows Easy Transfer.


The transfer differs from each other with the three channels. If you're not computer savvy, you'd better not risk time and energy. In this case, I can't help sharing Method 1 for hard-die Windows 10 fans with a much easier and quicker way to do the transfer from Windows 8 to Windows 10.

EaseUS Todo PCTrans not only has a better compatibility with more Windows operating systems but also provides more features to allow different users accomplish transferring different types of data, files, apps, and settings.

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FAQs About Transferring Files from Windows 8 to Windows 10/11

Here we find some hot topics that are related to this topic, check the questions below, and if you are interested in, follow to find your answers:

1. How do I transfer everything from old computer to a new PC?

To transfer everything for old PC to a new computer, here is the complete guide for you to follow: 

  • First, download and install EaseUS Todo PCTrans Pro on both two of your comptuers.
  • Second, launch this software and select "PC to PC" transfer mode.
  • Third, select to connect both PCs, set to transfer data from old PC to new PC.
  • Last, select files, programs, and account settings, click "Transfer".

2. Is Windows Easy Transfer avialable for Windows 11?

No, not at all. Microsoft has removed Windows Easy Transfer tool since Windows 10 operating systems. As Windows 10 continuer, Windows 11 also doesn't have Windows Easy Transfer. Therefore, Windows 11 users need to transfer files, they can either turn to manual way or automated PC transfer software like EaseUS Todo PCTrans for help.

3. How to transfer files from PC to PC using USB?

Here is the process of how to transfer files from PC to PC using USB here: 

  • Connect USB to the source PC.
  • Open File Explorer, open the location or folder where you saved target files for transferring.
  • Copy and paste the target files to your USB.
  • Eject it and connect USB to the target PC.
  • Then, open the USB, copy the target files and paste to a desired location on the new PC.

About the Author

Updated by Tracy King

Tracy joined in EaseUS in 2013 and has been working with EaseUS content team for over 10 years. Being enthusiastic in computing and technology, she writes tech how-to articles and share technical solutions to resolve Windows & Mac data recovery, data backup, partition management, data transfer, Windows update issues, etc.

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2 Efficient Ways to Transfer from Windows 8 to Windows 10 or Windows 11

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