How to Migrate or Copy User Profile in Windows 10 to Another Computer

Brithny updated on Sep 07, 2020 to Todo Backup Resource | How-to Articles

On this page, you will learn:

  1. 1. What is User Profile?
  2. 2. How to Back Up Windows 10 User Profile?
  3. 3. How to Transfer or Migrate User Profile in Windows 10 to Another Computer
  4. 4. How to Copy User Profile in Windows 10 to Another User Account

This page includes every possible way to help you safely back up, transfer/migrate or copy User Profile in Windows 10 to another computer, even another user.

Check out the content navigation and find the best way to do it on your own:

PAGE CONTENT:
Method 1. Backup User Profile in Windows 10 via Windows Backup Software
Method 2. Backup Windows 10 User Profile using Windows Backup Utility
Method 3. Transfer or Migrate User Profile in Windows 10 to Another Computer
Method 4. Copy User Profile in Windows 10 to Another User

User Profile Overview

User Profile data

What is the User Profile? According to Microsoft Windows System, "User profiles store settings for your desktop and other information related to your user account. You can create a different profile on each computer you use, or you can select a roaming profile that is the same on every computer you use."

Mostly, a User Profile contains your personal data, information for system needs, general data, restrictions, and applications, etc. 

Based on the explanation, it's clear that users can create multiple user accounts, using variable profiles, on one computer. Also, Windows users can share the same User folders and settings on multiple computers.

So how to share or migrate User Profile data and settings between users on one computer or among multiple computers? When the problem comes up to you, relax.  Follow this page to find the right solution.

Can I Transfer Windows 10 User Profile to A New Windows 10 PC

"I have a laptop and have already upgraded it to Windows 10 Pro. I recently bought a new computer with Windows 10 Pro. I want to transfer my User Profile from my current Windows 10 Pro computer to the new computer so I have all my files and settings set up for the new machine.

So what do I do to copy user profiles from Windows 10 to another computer?"

It is indeed bothering to spend a long time setting up your new Windows PC with exactly the same settings and user folders as the old one. So, is there a more efficient way to resolve this issue? Yes, migrating backing up, migrating, or copying User Profile to another computer or user account is possible now. 

Pick up the right method and follow the tutorials to back up, migrate, or copy your Windows 10 user profile to another computer or another user account with ease.

4 Methods to Back Up, Migrate, Tranfer Windows 10 User Profile:

  1. #1. Backup User Profile in Windows 10 via Windows Backup Software
  2. #2. Backup Windows 10 User Profile using Windows Backup Utility
  3. #3. Transfer or Migrate User Profile in Windows 10 to Another Computer 
  4. #4. Copy User Profile in Windows 10 to Another User

Method 1. Backup User Profile in Windows 10 via Windows Backup Software

Applies to: All levels of Windows users, especially for beginners. 

The easiest way to backup Windows User Profile is to turn to reliable Windows backup software for help. Here we'd like to introduce you to try EaseUS Todo Backup.

It offers Windows 10/8/7 users with two options in backing up Windows User Profiles:

  1. #1. System Backup - Completely Back Up Windows OS and User Profile 
  2. #2. File Backup - Only Back Up Visible User Folders, Documents on Desktop

Download this software and follow the tutorial to start backing up your User Profile or User data with ease:

Option 1. System Backup - Backup Windows System with User Profile in Windows 10

EaseUS Todo Backup with its Windows System backup feature can create a full backup of User Profile data and Windows system so as to protect your current system and data security in Windows 10/8/7.

Step 1. Run EaseUS Todo Backup and choose "OS" to backup the current operating system on your computer.

choose system backup to backup os

Step 2. On the "System Backup" window, there are several options for you to backup OS intelligently.

  • Select a backup location - Click "Browse" to choose your own backup storage device.
  • Add a plan name and description - it's necessary when there are many similar backups in the same location.
  • Schedule - Click "Schedule" and you can set an auto OS backup task by daily, weekly...or upon an event.
  • Image-reserve strategy - manage your increasing OS backups in an organized way.
  • Backup options - to create an OS backup without taking too much disk space, enable OS backup encryption, etc.
make settings to the OS backup

Step 3. Click "Proceed" after making all necessary settings. 

If you need to transfer the Windows OS with User Profile to a new PC in Windows 10/8/7, please save the system image to an empty external hard drive or USB. Then follow the listed link here for a guide: Transfer System Image to Another Computer.

Option 2. File Backup - Backup User Profile Data in Windows 10

If you only need to back up some visible User Profile data like User folder, files, etc., on desktop, File Backup mode in EaseUS Todo Backup can help. 

It will compress the backup image by taking a very small space on your drive. Follow the steps here to back up partial user data:

Step 1: Open EaseUS Todo Backup and select "File" as the backup mode.

You may have a large amount of vital data to be protected as time goes on, such as documents, pictures, music, and videos, etc. It is always a good habit to have a backup on a regular basis. File Backup is one of the best choices for you to get over unexpected data loss.

Step 2: Select the files that you want to back up.

Tick the option at the top left corner named User Defined, you can browse to back up one or some specific file types on your computer or external storage device.

click file backup to back up files

Step 3: Select a destination to save your backup file. 

You'd better create the backup file in some other storage media or in some other drive. If not, there may be a risk of the backup file getting corrupted or destroyed.

Step 4: Click "Proceed" to execute your operation.

When you lost user data or documents on your computer desktop or in the User folder, you can immediately restore them from the file backup image.

Method 2. Backup Windows 10 User Profile using Windows Backup Utility

Applies to: Experienced Windows users, more complex than using EaseUS Todo Backup. 

As for experienced Windows users, the Backup and Restore, a Windows built-in tool, also called Backup and Restore (Windows 7), is also a good option to manually create a backup of Windows system and User Profile.

In this way, you can create a full copy of all files and data that are relative to the User Profile in Windows 10 and even to transfer the backup to a new PC.

Steps to Copy and Create A Backup of Windows 10 User Profile using Windows Backup and Restore: 

Step 1: Connect an external hard drive or USB to your PC to save the backup image of User Profile.

Step 2: Click on "Start" and click "Control Panel" then choose "Backup and Restore (Windows 7)".

select backup and restore Windows

Step 3: Click "Set up backup" on this screen.

click set up backup to copy user profiles

Step 4: Select the external device or a local drive as the target location to save the backup image and click "Next" to continue.

select the location to save the user profiles that will be transfered or copied

Step 5: In the next screen, select "Let me choose" and click "Next".

click let me choose to choose the user profiles

Step 6: Select the specific user library or all of the created users profiles that you need to transfer.

If you only want to back user profile up, uncheck the option "Include a System Image" and click "Next".

select the user profiles that will be copied

Step 7: Next, it will give you a summary of this backup operation. If no issues, click "Save settings and run backup".

save the setting and proceed the backup of user profiles

All you need is to wait for the process complete, and if you want to transfer the backup image of User Profile to a new PC, continue with the following guidelines.

Method 3. Transfer or Migrate User Profile in Windows 10 to Another Computer 

Applies to: Transfer or migrate User Profile in Windows 10 to another computer, for all levels of users.

If you are looking for a straightforward way to transfer or migrate your User Profile data in Windows 10 to another computer, don't miss professional PC Transfer software - EaseUS Todo PCTrans. This software enables you to transfer everything related to your account, including the User Profile data and settings to a new computer via its PC To PC transfer mode.

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For Windows 10/8/7/Vista/XP

Besides User Data in your User Profile, you can also transfer User Account Settings, Personalization, Power Options, Lock Screen Wallpaper, Account Password, etc. to a new PC. 

Follow steps below to transfer your User Profile data to another computer now:

Step 1. Install and launch EaseUS Todo PCTrans on both two computers. On the source PC, select "PC to PC" to continue.

transfer files from one laptop to another - step 1

Step 2. Make sure the two PCs are on the same LAN. Connect to the target PC via its IP address or adding it manually.

Enter the login account and password of the target PC and link two PCs by clicking "OK", then choose the direction to transfer files.

transfer files from one laptop to another - step 2

Step 3. Click "Edit" at the File Section to select User Profile data:

Expand "This PC" > Expand Local Disk (C:) > Expand Users folder > Check your User folder. Click "Finish" to confirm.

Step 4. Click "Edit" at the Accounts section to specify User Accounts and Settings for transferring.

transfer files from one laptop to another - step 3

Step 5. Enter the user account and password of the source computer, select the User Account Settings, User Data, and other settings that you want to transfer. Click "Finish" to confirm.

transfer files from one laptop to another - step 1

Step 6. After selection, click "Transfer" to start to transfer user profile data, accounts, and settings.

transfer files from one laptop to another - step 5

Wait for the transferring process to complete. Then you can view and use your User Profile data and settings on a new computer.

Method 4. Copy User Profile in Windows 10 to Another User

Apples to: Copy and migrate User Profile data from one user to another user within one PC.

Don't worry if you have no way to migrate or copy User Profile in Windows 10 to another user. In this part, you will learn how to do so on your own.

It's easy and free. Let's see:

Step 1. Restart PC and login into one of your User Account in which you want to migrate User Profile.

Step 2. After log in, connect an external hard drive with huge free space to your PC and open Windows File Explorer.

Step 3. Go and copy your User Profile data in this path: This PC/Local Disk (C:)/User/UserName/.

Copy everything under your User folder to the external hard drive.

Copy User Profile in Windows 10 to another user

Step 4. After this, restart the PC and log in with your new user account.

Step 5. Copy and paste the User Profile data to the new user folder: This PC/Local Disk (C:)/User/NewUserName/.

Now, you can restart your PC to save all the changes. After computer startup, you can use User Profile in your new User account on the same computer now.

Conclusion

This page offers you four reliable methods of how to back up User Profile and transfer it to a new PC or a new user account in Windows 10.

To do so, you can use Windows backup software and a Windows built-in backup tool, PC Transfer software, and a manual way for help.

If you are a Windows 8.1/8/7 user or using even older Windows system, feel free to follow this page, and you'll learn how to deal with this issue on your own.

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