If your new Windows 8.1 computer is the latest in a line of computers you’ve used at home or at work, it’s likely that you have files you’d like to transfer from one computer to another. How do you move the things you most need to be able to carry on your work? You have a few options:
- Use Windows Easy Transfer.
- Save the files to Microsoft SkyDrive or another online storage space.
- Add both computers to your home network and transfer files from one to the other.
You’ll learn about saving files to Microsoft SkyDrive, setting up a home network, and establishing a Homegroup in Chapter 12, “Working in the Clouds,” so this section focuses on using Windows Easy Transfer to move files and folders from your old computer to your new one.
Using Windows Easy Transfer
Windows Easy Transfer transfers files, settings, Internet favorites, email, and more from your old computer to your new one. Before you begin using the utility, log in to both computers as an administrator and make sure both have Windows Easy Transfer installed. (If not, you can download the tool from the Microsoft Downloads site.)
Begin by using Windows Easy Transfer on your old computer to prepare a transfer file that you can then install on your new Windows 8.1 PC. Then, when you have saved the transfer file (you can use these steps for both computers), add the transferred files to your computer by following these steps:
- On your existing computer, search for Windows Easy Transfer.
Tap or click it in the results list.
Skip past the Welcome to Windows Easy Transfer screen by clicking Next; on the next screen, choose Yes to tell Windows 8.1 you have the files from your old computer ready to transfer. The Open an Easy Transfer File dialog box appears.
- Choose the drive where your file is stored.
- Select the folder containing the file.
Tap or click the file and click Open. Windows. This makes the connection and begins copying the files from one system to another (if you elected to transfer files over your network). When the transfer process is complete, your files will be installed and ready to use on your Windows 8.1 PC.