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Frequently asked questions about User State Migration Tool 2.6.1
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Microsoft Windows User State Migration Tool (USMT) 2.6.1 is now available from the Microsoft Download Center. To download USMT 2.6.1, visit the following Web site:
http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=57047The primary change in this new version of USMT is that it supports computers that run x64-based versions of Microsoft Windows operating systems. For more information, see the first question in the "More Information" section.
This article answers the following questions:
Q1: What has changed in USMT 2.6.1?
A1: The primary change in USMT 2.6.1 is that it supports computers that run x64-based versions of Microsoft Windows operating systems, such as Microsoft Windows XP Professional x64 Edition.
For example, the following scenarios are supported by USMT 2.6.1.
Note USMT 2.6.1 does not support Itanium-based versions of Microsoft Windows operating systems.
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Note You cannot migrate a user state from a computer that is running an x64-based version of a Windows operating system to a computer that is running a 32-bit version of a Windows operating system.
For more information, visit the following Web site:
http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?linkid=43895Q2: What problems are fixed in USMT 2.6.1?
A2: The following problems that were present in USMT 2.6 are fixed in USMT 2.6.1:
A3: You cannot upgrade the USMT 2.6 source files to USMT 2.6.1 source files. To use USMT 2.6.1, download and install USMT 2.6.1 to a folder on the local computer.
Q4: Can I use existing custom .inf files that were written for USMT 2.6?
A4: There are no changes to the way that the .inf files are processed in USMT 2.6.1. Therefore, all .inf files that worked in USMT 2.6 will continue to work in USMT 2.6.1. However, USMT 2.6.1 contains changes to the Miguser.inf file and to the Migapp.inf file. If you want to take advantage of the new functionality that these new files provide, you will have to make your custom changes to these new .inf files. If you have made changes to the Migsys.inf file, to the Sysfiles.inf file, or to the ArchiveApp.inf file, you can continue to use these files together with USMT 2.6.1.
Q5: How do I migrate a user state from a 32-bit operating system to an x64-based operating system?
A5: Use the x86 version of USMT 2.6.1 to run the Scanstate command-line tool on the source computer that has the 32-bit operating system installed. Then, use the AMD64 version of USMT 2.6.1 to run the Loadstate command-line tool on the destination computer that has the x64-based operating system installed.
Note The x86 version of USMT 2.6.1 and the x64-based version of USMT 2.6.1 are available from the Microsoft Download Center.
Q6: Where can I find more information about USMT?
A6: USMT documentation is located in the root directory where you install USMT. The Help file is named Usmt.chm. For more information about user state migration, visit the following Web site:
http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=57046The third-party products that this article discusses are manufactured by companies that are independent of Microsoft. Microsoft makes no warranty, implied or otherwise, regarding the performance or reliability of these products.