Done with your old computer? Planning to buy a new computer? Don’t worry about your data as this article will guide you through step-by-step methods on how to transfer your files from your old computer to your new one. Transferring files and folders can be easy but transferring paid subscriptions and applications like Microsoft Office, Antivirus programs and other apps to a new computer can be tricky. This article not only covers how to transfer your files but also covers how to transfer your programs from an old computer to a new Windows 10 PC.
Transfer Files Using External Backup
If you have an external hard drive or large storage device, you can create a copy of all your documents on the external hard drive and get them on the new one. Here is how to transfer your files!
Step 1. Connect the external HDD to the old computer.
Step 2. Open two interfaces of Windows Explorer for (Internal HDD and External HDD).
Step 3. Create a main folder with the name of Old Backup and sub-folders like Documents, Music, Videos, Downloads, Desktop, etc.
Step 4. Copy all the files from individual folders from internal HDD and paste your data in the newly created folders.
Step 5. Collect the External HDD to the new computer and copy all the files from External HDD to the respective folders.
Transfer Files Using Cloud Backup
If you don’t have an External Hard Drive but you have a good internet speed, you can make use of cloud storage to transfer your important files from an old computer to the new one.
Step 1. Sign in to your Google Drive, OneDrive or Dropbox account.
Step 2. Create a new folder with a memorable name and sub-folders like Documents, Music, Videos, Downloads, Desktop, etc.
Step 3. Click on the New button / Upload button and browse all the documents that you wish to backup.
Step 4. Once the upload is complete, go to the new computer and log in through the same cloud storage account.
Step 5. Download your Documents, Music, Videos, Downloads, Desktop, etc. on your new computer in their respective folders.
“Please Note: Google Drive offers 15GB of free storage space while Microsoft OneDrive just offers 5GB of free space. You can always upgrade to paid storage with $2 per 100GB per month or $7 for 1 TB per month.”
Use a Transfer Cable
If your old PC has a USB port, you can also make use of a transfer cable to migrate your data. This proves is simple and easy but it doesn’t help you in transferring the apps and their settings. You can also not create a backup using a transfer cable, you can just transfer your files from the old computer to the new computer using Windows Explorer.
Backup Entire System (Files & Programs)
You can back up your files using the Windows inbuilt file backup utility. This will create regular backups of your files on the old computer and you can relocate these backup files to a new computer.
Step 1. Click on the Start button, type Backup & Restore in the Search Bar and hit the Enter key. You can also press (Win + I) to open the settings window, scroll down and click on the Update & Security option.
Step 2. Click on the Backup option in the left-hand side panel. In the right-hand side panel, click on Add a Drive (The Big Plus Icon).
Step 3. Connect your external hard drive and browse through the drive location.
Step 4. Configure the backup utility to back up your files from different folders at a timely interval and initiate back. You can backup Games, Links, Downloads, Favorites, Contacts, OneDrive, Desktop, 3D Objects, Pictures, Documents, Camera Roll, Music and more.
Step 5. Once backed up, detach the External HDD from the old computer and connect it with the new one.
Step 6. Come back to the same utility and click on ‘Go to Backup & Restore (Windows 7)’ under the ‘Looking for an Older Backup’ section.
Step 7. A new Control Panel window will open with Back & Restore options. Under the Restore option, click on the ‘Select another backup to restore files from’ link.
Step 8. Browse through the External HDD location and select the backup location. Follow the wizard to finish restoring your files.
Transfer Microsoft Files and MS Office
The above steps can help you transfer your data however if you wish to Transfer Microsoft Office To Another Computer, we can help you!
Step 1. Sign in with your Microsoft Account on the web browser.
Step 2. It will prompt you to enter your Email ID and password and get you on the dashboard.
Step 3. Under the Devices section, click on the device you wish to unlink and click on ‘Remove this Device’ to unlink from your account. On confirmation, the selected device will be unlinked from your account.
Step 4. On the new computer, log in to your Microsoft account and come back to the desktop.
Step 5. Under the Devices section, click on All Devices and then click on Register Device to add the new computer to your Microsoft account. Follow the wizard and finish the installation.
This is the smartest method of how to transfer your programs from old computer to new computer. You also need to remember the product key to install the same program on another computer. You may also need to call customer service for the migration of some programs and services on the new computer.
With these steps, if you are still thinking ‘how can I transfer all my data from one computer to another computer, you should use one of the best data backup and recovery software to automatically backup data from the old computer and recover on the new one. The above steps should guide you in the data migration process. Keep your data backed up, safe and secure with these tips!