Choosing a Transfer Method

To make transferring files as safe and painless as possible, Windows 8 comes with a program named Windows Easy Transfer. The program takes you step-by-step through the process of transferring usable files and settings from your old computer to your new Windows 8 computer. Windows Easy Transfer works only with Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, or Windows XP. If the computer from which you’re transferring files is not running one of those operating systems, you’ll have to use an alternative method described later in this chapter.

Easy Transfer provides several methods of transferring files. You need to choose a method that both of your computers can support. The sections to follow describe the three methods: Easy Transfer cable, home network, and external drives or discs.

If you upgraded your operating system from Windows 7, there’s no need to transfer files. Your old files are still on your computer and should be available in Windows 8 automatically.

Using a USB Easy Transfer cable

If at all possible, you should use the USB Easy Transfer cable method to transfer files from your old computer to your new computer. If your new computer came with Windows 8 pre-installed, it might also have come with a USB Easy Transfer cable. Check the documentation that came with your computer if you’re not sure, or contact your computer manufacturer.

If you don’t have a USB Easy Transfer cable, you can purchase one online or at any retailer that sells computers ...

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