Steps To Transfer User Settings In Windows 8.1

Windows 8 Transfer

          Features Of Windows 8

Windows 8.1 came with many additions to Windows 8. Even though many people thought that it was an update to Windows 8, Microsoft released it as an independent operating system. Now, while going through the features of Windows 8.1 and comparing it with the features of Windows 8, you will find that some are missing. One such feature that you would have found after a Windows 8 transfer was the Windows Easy Transfer Wizard. This program helps in moving files, user settings between profiles etc. However, you will not find this program in Windows 8.1.

So, how can you move the user’s configuration settings among the different profiles of the operating system? In this post, we will find out how to achieve this task.

Windows 8.1 provides users with the feature to move the settings from its predecessors like Windows 7 and Windows 8. However, when it comes to moving the settings between different profiles of the operating system, you will not have a direct choice. For this, you can use one of the command line utilities from Microsoft. Keep in mind that this utility is not present in your operating system and therefore, you need to download it. Let us find out how to do this.

  • The first step is to download the Assessment and Deployment Kit for Windows 8.
  • Next step is to run the installer on your operating system like Windows 8 or Windows 7.
  • Follow the on-screen commands to go through the installation process and when you reach the screen to select the required components, choose USMT.

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  • Once you finish the setup, copy the folder to a USB drive, which you may use on the PC, on which you wish to move the profile settings.
  • The default location of the file is C:\Program Files (x86)\Windows Kits\8.0\Assessment and Deployment Kit\User State Migration Tool.
  • Next step is to choose the settings from the existing profile from which you wish to migrate. If you choose /ue and /ui, it will not include All Users and only choose the one that we require.
  • When you finish setting up the new profile, make sure that you are local admin and therefore, you do not have to login with the account.

Once you complete the above steps, you will find that the user settings have been moved. For further assistance on any Windows issues like Windows 8 transfer of files or settings, you may contact our technical support team.

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Why Windows 8 Flopped

Windows 8 Transfer

                 Windows 8 Features

Everyone thinks that Microsoft flopped big time with Windows 8, even the people who work there. It has gotten to be so that employees at Windows have taken to calling it “the new Vista“. If that doesn’t drive home what a failure the OS was, nothing will.

Microsoft actually did give it their best shot to make an OS that users across multiple platforms could relate to. And when Windows 8 was panned widely, they set to work on something to alleviate user discontent. The company released Windows 8 transfer and Windows 8.1 update successively, and replaced the Start button which users clamored for.

They’ve since moved on to Windows 10, and released a preview version for free download on their official site. Microsoft account holders can use the Windows Insider Program to do an upgrade online, or get an ISO file for a manual install. Windows 10 has most of the key Windows features returning after a hiatus from the previous version, such as the Start menu and button, and fast access to shut down options.

With Windows 8 leaving the scene, we’re tempted to find out where exactly the software giant faltered. Some of the problems are decidedly ridiculous, but the sum of it all was what customers found offensive. You just can’t explain what’s wrong with a UI like that. You just know it when you know it. Also, it was different from Windows 7 in a huge way, but nowhere near as easy to use.

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Supporters were quick to point out that Windows 8 is not all that different from its predecessor, assuming you went to the trouble of tweaking it in the right ways. Some features such as the Start menu can be availed by installing 3rd party options, and a few changes to the default settings can get the OS to look and feel the way most traditionalists would like. But the thing is, why not stay with Windows 7, if Windows 8 means this much work? And more importantly, why pay for this?

This pretty much is why Microsoft is stuck with explaining and defending the Windows 8 transfer at every turn, because with the kind of user base Windows has, there is always someone who still remembers your faults. Sure, there are always naysayers and you can’t avoid them fully. But after seeing so many out there, the software maker should have slowed down on the transition.

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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.

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               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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