How to transfer settings and files to new PC running Windows 8?

Have you been an admirer of Windows? If so, it is certain that you’ve tried all Windows releases and currently your system might be running on one of the most stable, successful and latest release of Microsoft, that is, Windows 7. Of course, you might have also heard of Windows 8, which is going to be Microsoft’s next release by the end of 2012, for which the Developer Preview or Pre-beta version is already out in market.

Being a loyal Windows admirer, if you are excited for this new release, it is available for download so that you can have a sneak peek of the OS before the final release. Now after you do the Windows 8 installation on your PC, you might need to migrate some of your Windows 7 settings, local drives and other essential data to the new Windows 8 PC. These steps involved in Windows 8 transfer of data from Windows 7 to 8 would probably not change even in the final version of Windows 8. So that means this article applies to your final release of OS also. However, to save the settings and then move them to a new Windows 8 PC you can use an External Hard Drive or USB Flash Drive.

Instructions to transfer settings and files onto a new PC running Windows 8

Windows 8 comes with Easy File Transfer utility helping you to move data from old to new PC, and to restore saved data in MIG file to original locations like in previous Windows versions.

  • From Windows 8 Start hover menu, open Windows Search in search bar, enter easy transfer and then click Apps. Now from main window, launch Windows Easy Transfer utility. Install Windows update to install all the additional Windows 8 components if you don’t find the Windows Easy Transfer.
  • Select an external hard disk or USB flash drive option to restore data and settings saved in MIG file in Windows Easy Transfer wizard.
  • Select ‘This is my new computer’ option.
  • Plug-in the external hard drive and select ‘Yes’ to specify the Windows Easy Transfer file when it asks you to plug-in the external hard disk where the MIG file is stored.
  • It will ask you to specify the password on selecting the MIG file, then, enter the password to restore the data, and click ‘Next’.
  • It will then ask you to choose what to transfer from old PC once access is granted. You can now select the files and settings to be transferred to your new PC.
  • Sometimes, you will be prompted to enter password of your old PC to transfer protected content. After providing password it will restore the system and personalization settings of old PC including user account details, desktop theme and numerous other settings.
  • You can take a look at the files that were transferred during the process, and applications which you might want to install After all the files and settings are restored from old PC.

So don’t worry about losing your old data and settings while upgrading to Windows 8, you can restore it back if you want, into your new Windows 8 PC.