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Backup User Profile in Windows 10/11 or Transfer to New PC [Complete Guide]

Updated by Jean on Aug 13, 2021
Written by Brithny
  • Question 1: "Can I backup the User Profile folder in Windows 10 to an external hard drive?"
  • Question 2: "I want to transfer my User Profile from my current Windows 10 Pro computer to the new computer. How do I transfer it?"

On this page, you'll get a complete guide to backup User Profile, transfer to another new PC or another user account with reliable solutions. If you have the same need, follow the respective method and get started here now: 

EaseUS Todo Backup for Windows 11 - Key Takeaways

Having a backup of all your important files is imperative. No one wants to lose their data. Your data contains valuable information that needs to have a record. Backing up your data is the best way to keep it safe. As Windows 11 is here, everyone is looking for Windows 11 system and data security solutions. EaseUS Todo Backup (website) comes with multiple features catering to the needs of a variety of Windows 11 users, including:

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  • Disk/partition/OS clone
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  • Transfer Windows 11 OS and programs to a portable USB drive

Overview - What Is User Profile

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."

User Profile data

What is in the User Profile folder? It contains:

  • Your personal data
  • Information for system needs
  • Desktop, downloads, documents, etc., general data,
  • System restrictions, App data, and applications, etc. 

As you can see that these data are important for most Windows users. Creating a backup of the User Profile data is indeed important.

But how to do so? Follow the respective guide as shown below, you'll fully back up the User Profile successfully. 

Part 1. How to Backup User Profile in Windows 10 - 3 Ways

In this part, you'll get 3 methods for User Profile backup in Windows 10/8/7:

  1. #1. Use Windows Backup Software - Easy
  2. #2. Use Windows Backup Utility - Medium
  3. #3. Use Windows Advanced System Properties - Medium
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Note that all the three provided methods work to back up the Windows User Profile folder. 
But if you prefer an easy one, take Windows backup software for a try.

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

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

Turning to reliable Windows backup software is the easiest way to backup Windows User Profile. Here we'd like to recommend you to try EaseUS Todo Backup.

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It offers two options in backing up Windows User Profiles in Windows 10/8/7. Let's see:

#1. 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. It's a wise choice that you back up OS with User Profile to an external storage device:

Step 1. Launch EaseUS Todo Backup and click "OS". You're going to image the entire operating system and keep it on an external hard drive.

choose system backup to backup system

Step 2. The software detects your current operating system automatically. This way ensures that all the critical Windows system files have been selected. And all you need to do is to choose a backup location that is available.

backup your windows system by creating an image

To backup Windows OS to an external hard drive, you must ensure that the drive has been correctly connected to your computer in advance. Click the "Browse" button in the "Destination" area so you can choose this external hard drive as a backup location.

choose a backup location for windows system backup

Step 3. Once the backup location is confirmed, you can set an automatic backup schedule by turning on "Schedule" and encrypt your backup by clicking the "Backup options" as well.

Click "Proceed" and the software will start immediately to backup the operating system to an external hard drive right away.

#2. Backup User Profile Data in Windows 10 (Documents & Desktop, etc.)

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

Step 1. Run EaseUS Todo Backup and choose "File" on the main window.

choose file backup

Step 2. On the "File Backup" window, you can choose the target files you want to backup

choose files you want to backup

Then add the plan name or text description to the file backup and then choose a backup location.

To backup files to an external hard drive, click "Browse..." in the "Destination" area.

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EaseUS Todo Backup now supports users to back up files to the cloud. All you need to do is sign up with an EaseUS account, then you could enjoy a large cloud storage space. More advantages of backing up to the cloud include accessing backup files anytime and anywhere, saving file copies offsite, so you don't need to worry about virus attacks or computer failures, and easier and faster backup and recovery operations.
choose external hard drive to backup files

Also, if you're interested in getting more backup features, go and find them by clicking "Schedule", "Image-reserve strategy" and "Backup options".

schedule file backup

Step 3. After settings were all made, click "Proceed".

#3. Restore User Profile Backup

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:

Launch EaseUS Todo Backup > Click "Browe to Recover" > Select the backup image of User Profile and a target location > Click "Recovery". 

select a location and click scan

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

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

Windows Backup and Restore is also called Backup and Restore (Windows 7) which allows to manually create a backup of the Windows system and User Profile.

With it, you can create a full copy of all the User Profile files and data in Windows 10.

#1. Steps to Backup Windows 10 User Profile

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

To back up the User Profile only, 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

Wait for the process to complete. 

#2. Restore User Profile in Windows 10:

Step 1. Connect the external hard drive with your User Profile backup to Windows 10.

Step 2. Open Control Panel, then click "Backup and Restore (Windows 7)".

Step 3. Click "Select another backup to restore files from", select the backup that contains User Profile, and click "Next".

Step 4. Click "Browse for folders" and select the User Profile folder. Click "Next".

Step 5. Check "In the original location" and click "Restore". 

Restore User Profile backup in Windows Backup and Restore

Method 3. Backup and Copy User Profile in Windows 10

Step 1. Right-click on This PC, select "Properties" and click "Advanced system settings".

Step 2. Click "Settings" in the User Profiles section.

Step 3. Select the Default Profile and click "Copy To". 

Step 4. Click "Browse" to save the User Profile folder to another location - an external disk.

Copy User Profile using Windows Advanced settings

Part 2. Transfer User Profile in Windows 10 to Another PC

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 from Windows 10 to another computer, you have two ways here:

#1. Directly Transfer User Profile to New PC

Professional PC Transfer software - EaseUS Todo PCTrans enables you to transfer everything to a new computer, including User Profile data, User Account Settings, Personalization, Power Options, Lock Screen Wallpaper, Account Password, etc.

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

Step 1. Install and launch EaseUS Todo PCTrans on both two devices. 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 Accounts section to specify User Accounts and Settings for transferring.

transfer files from one laptop to another - step 3

Step 4. 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 5. After selection, click "Transfer" to start to transfer user 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.

#2. Create a system OS Image with User Profile and Transfer It to New PC

EaseUS Todo Backup can transfer the Windows OS with User Profile to a new PC in Windows 10/8/7. To do so, you need to:

Part 3. 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.

This part mainly tells how to copy a 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 the User Account in which you want to migrate User Profile.

Step 2. 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. Click the Windows icon, and click the user icon.

Step 5. Select the other User Account that you want to copy the User Profile to, log in.

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 3 complete guides to show you how to back up User Profile, transfer it to a new PC or to a new user account in Windows 10.

  • To backup User Profile in Windows 10, let EaseUS Todo Backup help. It's easy and effective.
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  • To transfer User Profile to a new PC, EaseUS Todo PCTrans with its PC to PC mode is reliable.
  • To copy User Profile to a new User Account, you can do it on your own by manually copying and pasting. 

User Profile data is indeed important. Take your steps and follow this guide to protect your User Profile right now.

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Updated by Jean

Author Jean has been writing tech articles since she was graduated from university. She has been part of the EaseUS team for over 5 years. Her special focuses are data recovery, disk partitioning, data space optimization, data backup and Mac OS. By the way, she's an aviation fan!

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Written by Brithny

Brithny is a technology enthusiast, aiming to make readers' tech life easy and enjoyable. She loves exploring new technologies and writing technical how-to tips. On her spare time, she loves sharing things about her favorite singer - Taylor Swift on her Facebook or Twitter.

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