Using Windows Easy Transfer Tool To Transfer Old Files To Windows 8 System

Windows 8 Transfer

         About Windows 8 Features

Windows 8 transfer of old files to a new system can be a simple or a complicated task depending on the amount and type of the data you are transferring. Many XP users are facing the problem that Windows 8 does not recognise some of transferred data. In the 13-year period since the launch of Windows XP, Microsoft has implemented a lot of changes in their Windows OS and one included the phasing out of many of the old data file types and replacing them with the latest alternatives.

However, you can use those old XP files in Windows 8 after installing a fix from the Microsoft support website. But, the Windows 8 transfer of files from Windows 7 is a smooth affair. Since Windows 7 happens to be the immediate predecessor of Windows 8, there will be no data file type issues. You can make use of the Windows Easy Transfer tool to migrate all your data from the old system to the new Windows 8 computer.

How to transfer files using Windows Easy Transfer tool

Windows Easy Transfer tool is also available for Windows XP in the Windows support website. A similar version is also available for Vista OS as well. In Windows 7, this comes as an in-built tool in the OS making matters much easier for the Windows users.

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       Transferring Files To Windows 8

If you are connecting the two systems using a cable for transferring the files, the Windows Easy Transfer tool can be launched from the new system itself. This is less complicated, as you can select the files you want to transfer from the wizard and just start the transfer process.

But, if you are using a USB drive or any other device for transferring the files, you have to install the tool in the old system and run it to start the transfer process. As already mentioned, in case of Windows 7 OS, this is not necessary.

When you launch the Windows Easy Transfer Tool, either in the old system or the new system, you will see many options for selecting the type of data you want to transfer to your new system. For example, if your old system has multiple accounts, then you can use the User Accounts option in the wizard to select only your user account and data stored in that account to be transferred to the new system.

By using the options in the wizard this way, you can easily transfer only those files that you need to your new Windows 8 system.

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Transferring Photographs From Camera To Windows 8

Windows 8 Transfer

              Windows 8 Apps

We are constantly juggling from one device to the next, transferring files from our mobile phones to tablets to laptops and so on. Microsoft, realizing this need, has improved the Windows 8 transfer functions in their latest OS. This means that transferring files from an external device will be much more smoother than before.

When transferring your photographs from camera to Windows 8

Windows users might be familiar with the Windows Live Gallery application that was available in Windows 7. A similar app is available in Windows 8 as well. If the Photo Gallery app did not come pre-installed in your Windows 8 system, you can easily get it as a free download from Microsoft support website. You just need to download and install the Windows Essentials suite of applications.

However, when you connect your camera to Windows 8, the Photo Gallery app will not launch automatically. Instead, the OS will detect the device and launch a dialog box for Windows 8 transfer, which you can access from the pop-up message appearing at the top right corner of your screen.

This merely displays the files in the device. Just select only those files you want to transfer to your Windows 8 system, select a folder location and then, click on the Import button. All those selected files will be transferred to the folder location in a few minutes.

Photo Editing App

               Windows 8 Options

According to a blog post online, you can actually do the same thing using Photo Gallery, which will give you much more options for managing the photographs. For this to work, you need to open the Photo Gallery app before you connect the camera to the computer. As you connect it, the device will be identified and displayed in the left navigation pane in the app.

You will also see there a pop-up message for importing the files from the device. You need to ignore the other pop-up messages that will appear at the top right corner of the OS main screen. With the import option now open inside the app, you can transfer the files, group them into separate folders, and tag them and so on.

Of course, it is not necessary that you have to use these options provided by Microsoft for this purpose. You can easily install and use any other third party apps for transferring the photographs and for managing and editing them. Google’s Picasa photo editing app is an excellent app worth checking out.

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Power Options In Windows 8

Windows 8 Transfer

         Windows 8 OS

Have you done the Windows 8 transfer recently? If yes, this article will let you know more on the different power options that are available in the Windows 8 operating system. The Power settings in the Windows 8 operating system allow you to shut down your computer in three ways.

The users can either make the computer to sleep, hibernate, or turn it off completely. If your laptop is running short of battery power and you need the PC to startup faster, then you can choose the Sleep option. This will allow you to instantly get back to the exact location where you have made the computer to sleep. There is no need to panic as the Windows operating system automatically saves all the currently open works, before turning off the PC. You can make use of the sleep option if you are going to be away from your computer for a short while.

Selecting the sleep option in Windows 8 operating system is very easy. You just need to close the lid of the laptop to enter sleep mode. This can also be done by pressing the Power button. If you are planning to go on a long vacation, you will need to turn off your computer fully before going out. Once you are done with using your PC, you can turn it off immediately. This can be done very much easily by selecting the Shutdown option. Before turning off your PC completely, you will need to close all the open desktop applications. This will prompt you to save all your work before shutting down.

Options In Windows 8

          Windows 8 Power Options

Some of the computers have the Power button in the Start screen. If your laptop or computer is having a power button, you can click or tap (in touch enabled devices) on it to select Shutdown. If you are unable to find the Power button in the Start screen, you can point the mouse to the bottom right corner of the screen, move the cursor up and then select Settings. Click on Power and select Shutdown.

The Hibernate option in the Windows 8 operating system was designed specifically for laptops and this option may not be available for PCs. This power option makes use of little power than sleep and when the user starts the PC again, Windows will resume the tasks that were running before hibernation. You can make use of this option if you are sure that you will not be using your laptop or computer for an extended period.

These are the power options in Windows 8 operating system. If you wish to know more on enabling the power option or on Windows 8 transfer, you can contact the Windows support team.

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VisionTek Comes Up With New Bus Powered SSD

Windows 8 Transfer

         Features Of Windows 8

VisionTek has come up with a new product for storage, which looks like a thumb drive but offers you a lot more. It is a bus-powered SSD. This pocket size storage device is aimed at professionals and comes in two storage capacities of 120 GB and 240 GB. So, what are the specialties of these storage devices from VisionTek? Let us find out in detail.

The product comes with an LSI SandForce controller. It is capable of reading files at an amazing speed of 455 Mbps. When it comes to writing speed, the product offers 440 Mbps. These high speeds make data transfer much quicker than other ordinary SSD devices and thumb drives. The device comes with the latest version of USB connector, which is USB 3.0. The transfer of files is therefore fast in these devices. Copying data from and to the computer takes much lesser time than normal. However, your computer should have a USB 3.0 port to achieve this. Most of the new computers come equipped with this.

Manufacturers say that the device is highly durable. It has a covering of aircraft grade aluminum, which will help to avoid data corruption even if it falls down from your hand. This ensures the safety of your files. If you are planning for a Windows 8 transfer, then this device could be handy. For the Windows 8 transfer with the device, all you need to do is download the Boot Camp drivers from the developer’s website and install it on your computer. After this, you may install the operating system on the device. With this, you can carry your Windows 8 operating system with you wherever you go. The major advantage of this function is that it allows you to boot to Windows without having the troubles of partitioning the hard drive of the computer.

Windows 8 Boot

                Windows 8 Upgrade

If you wish to download and save uncompressed HD contents, then this device is for you. It can be used to create a safe atmosphere for kids. Another feature is the OTG support. If your Smartphone or tablet has this feature, then you may connect the drive to the device and start backing up your files from the Tablet or Smartphone.

The major competitors for the new SSD device from VisionTek are Flash Voyager GTX from Corsair. This product comes with storage capacities of 128 GB and 256 GB. However, the Windows 8 boot function is not present in the VisionTek device.

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Migrating Your Files To The Windows 8 Operating System


Transfer To Windows 8

After buying a new Windows 8 computer, your intention might be to move the files and folders from your existing computer. The Windows 8 operating system offers a host of additional features that build on the capabilities of Windows 7 or Windows XP, including the new File history feature. This feature offers incremental backups on local storage or to SkyDrive. Also available within the Windows 8 operating system is the ability to view all the popular file formats from VHD to PDF and ISO. VHD and ISO being disk images that can be mounted directly in the OS. Of course, before taking advantage of these features, you will have to do the Windows 8 transfer of your files.

Easy migration

Migrating the files to Windows 8 is secure and efficient with the use of the Windows Easy Transfer utility, coupled with Dell USB Easy Transfer Cable. If you are trying to migrate your files from a Windows XP computer, and you do not have the Easy Transfer utility installed, you can just download it from the Microsoft website. This utility should be already available on the Windows 7 computers. The steps to migrate your files to the Windows 8 computer are explained below in this article. You can follow these steps to migrate your files.


  • As the first step, connect your Windows XP or Windows 7 PC to your Windows 8 computer with the USB Easy Transfer Cable.
  • Select Browse Files from the pop-up window that appears on both the computers.
  • Find the files and folders that you wish to transfer from the Browse Files window. You can then click and drag onto the desktop of the computer.
  • Click on the Folder Sync button on the main menu window of both the computers. The computer that is clicked first will be the one in which the next steps are to be done.

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    Windows 8 OS

  • Click on the Add Task button.
  • Select the folder that you need to transfer and the destination.
  • Synchronize the folders between both the computers.
  • Click on Sync this Task.
  • When the transfer is finished, you will see two options: ‘See what was transferred’ will show a report of the files and folders that have been successfully transferred to the Windows 8 PC. The second option is to see a list of the applications that you may need to install on the new computer.
  • Close the Windows Easy Transfer utility.

These are the steps to do the Windows 8 transfer of the files and folders in your old computer to the new Windows 8 PC.

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