Windows Data Transfer
The Windows Easy Transfer wizard from Microsoft lets you transfer you files from an older OS to Windows 8.1. At least that’s what the company claims. You even get step-by-step guide as you proceed. But try using this tool to send your files over a network, and it won’t work. This is a common problem.
Ask most people what they think when they hear Windows 8 transfer, and they’d guess it was a way to relocate files from an older machine, presumably running a previous OS. This is what the Easy Transfer wizard from Microsoft claims to do. So you fire up the wizard and configure a connection to send the files over. For this, you type in the transfer key, and authenticate the connection.
After this point, everything works just fine, if you’re transferring to a Windows 7 PC. In Windows 8.1, you get asked a few screens later if you’ve used the wizard in the older PC as well, and get the following two options to choose from:
- Yes, if you’ve saved your files to an external drive.
- No, if you haven’t.
Now, for someone trying to transfer files over a wireless network, the second option would be the right one. But choosing it closes the wizard, and you’ll have gotten nowhere. And clicking on the first option isn’t any good either. If you do that, the wizard simply asks to see the file you say you’ve saved to the disk.
Windows 8.1 Computer
Turns out Microsoft has removed the option of Windows 8 transfer over networks, and kept quiet about it. Instead, they’re asking people to use the Easy Transfer Cable. Disk transfer still remains an alternative, and it’s a blessing they haven’t taken that off the menu as well. But considering that most users actually know how to copy and paste files using a hard drive, the Easy Transfer wizard is pretty useless.
Dig deeper and you’ll find the reason why Microsoft stopped supporting network file transfer in Windows 8.1. Apparently, they had a legal problem with that. But this puts most new users at a disadvantage, because bringing files over is one of the first things they’d think to do. In any case, it’s a good idea to back it all up if you do have an external disk. But if you have that, you’d find scant use for the Easy Transfer wizard.
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