Back Up and Migrate User Profile in Windows 10

Brithny updated on Sep 23, 2019 to Todo Backup Resource | How-to Articles

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. _ by Microsoft Windows System

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. What if I need to backup and restore user profiles from one PC to another PC and both are running Windows 10."

According to the explanation of User Profile from the Windows system, 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. When the problem comes up to you, relax and follow this page to find the right solution.

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? Follow on and you'll learn two simple ways - use Windows backup software in Solution 1 or try a manual method in Solution 2 to copy user profile in Windows 10 and transfer to another PC. 

Solution 1. Back Up User Profile with Windows Backup Software

Usually, manual user files backup costs too much time. And simply copying User folders can only back up some visible documents on the desktop. A better choice is to use a piece of free Windows backup software to back up Windows OS with User Profile on a local computer and even transfer to a new PC.

Back Up 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 to protect your current system and data security in Windows 10/8/7.

Step 1. Run EaseUS Todo Backup and choose "System Backup" 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. 

Back Up and Transfer User Profile to A New PC

If you need to back up and transfer the User Profile to a new PC in Windows 10/8/7, please install EaseUS Todo Backup to both two computers and connect an empty external hard drive or USB with a bigger storage space than your System drive, to your old PC.

Then follow the listed link here for a guide: Copy System Image to Another Computer.

By doing so, you'll be able to use all transferred User folders, files and even relative settings on the new PC. If you prefer to transfer your account settings with user folders only to a new PC, including personalization settings, power settings, desktop files, you can refer to Transfer User account settings for help.

Solution 2. Copy User Profile Using Backup and Restore Tool

The Backup and Restore is a Windows built-in tool, also called Backupckup and Restore (Windows 7), which allows users to manually copy and create a backup of Windows system or User Profile. By 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.

To Copy and Create A Backup of Windows 10 User Profile

Step 1: If you want to save storage space on your PC, 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" in 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.

Please make sure that the target computer is using the same Windows OS as your current one. Otherwise, the User Profile may become unreadable or cannot be recognized.

To Transfer User Profile to A New PC in Windows 10/8/7

Step 1: Connect the storage device with User Profile backup to the new PC and Open Backup and Restore (Windows 7).

Step 2: Click on "Select another backup to restore files from".

 Transfer user profile to new PC.

Step 3: Click "Select the backup that you want to restore User Profile from" and click "Next" to continue.

 Select the User Profile backup.

Step 4: Click "Browse for folders" to select the backup image of User Profile, click "Next" to continue.

 Browse to select the image backup of User Profile.

Step 5: Last, select the location to restore your files, "In the original location" or click "Browse" to specify the location to save the User Profile on the new PC.
Please tick "In the original location" to make sure nothing goes wrong.
Then click "Restore" and you can wait for the restoring process complete, restart your computer and you can see the same user profile folders, files showing up on the desktop, Documents, Music, Pictures, etc folders. Restore User Profile to new PC and restart PC.


This page offers you two reliable methods of how to back up User Profile and transfer to a new PC in Windows 10 by using Windows backup software and a manual tool. 

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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