How to use Windows Easy Transfer to transfer files and settings in Windows 8

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Summary

Consider the following scenario. You join a Windows 8-based client computer to one of the following kinds of domain:
  • Windows Small Business Server (Windows SBS) 2008 
  • Windows SBS 2011 Standard
  • Windows SBS 2011 Essentials  
In this scenario, you can transfer files and settings of the original local user to the domain-joined computer by using the Windows Easy Transfer feature in Windows 8.  

More information

To use the Windows Easy Transfer feature, you must be an Administrator on both Windows 8-based computers.

To transfer files and settings from your local computer to the domain-joined computer, follow these steps:
  1. Save files and settings on the local computer. To do this, follow these steps:
    1. On the Start screen, type Windows Easy Transfer, and then click Windows Easy Transfer from the results.
    2. On the Welcome to Windows Easy Transfer page, click Next.
    3. Select An external hard disk or USB flash Drive, and then plug in the external storage drive.
    4. Select This is my old PC. Windows Easy Transfer will scan all user profiles and data on the computer.
    5. To select what to transfer, click Customize, and then click Advanced to change your selections. After you make your selections, click Save.
    6. Click Next.
    7. Enter the password, and then click Save to save the Easy Transfer file to the external storage drive.
    8. Click Next two times, and then click Close to close the Windows Easy Transfer wizard.
  2. Import files and settings on the domain-joined computer. To do this, follow these steps:
    1. On the Start screen, type Windows Easy Transfer, and then click Windows Easy Transfer from the results.
    2. On the Welcome to Windows Easy Transfer page, click Next.
    3. Select An external hard disk or USB flash Drive.
    4. Select This is my new PC.
    5. Plug in the external storage drive, and then select Yes.
    6. Locate where you saved the Easy Transfer file, and then click Open.
    7. Enter the password that you specified in Step 1G, and then click Next.
    8. To select what to transfer, click Customize, and then click Advanced to change your selections. After you make selections, click Save.

      Note To map user accounts or to map drives, click Advanced Options.
    9. Click Transfer.
    10. After the transfer finishes, click See what was transferred to view the Windows Easy Transfer reports. Click See a list of apps you might want to install on your new PC to see the programs that are installed on your old computer.
    11. Click Close to close the Windows Easy Transfer wizard.
    12. Restart the computer.
To install Windows 8 apps on the domain-joined computer, follow these steps: 
  1. On the Start screen, click Store
  2. Click the apps that you want to install, and then click Install.

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Article ID: 2735227 - Last Review: August 14, 2012 - Revision: 1.0
Applies to
  • Windows Small Business Server 2011 Essentials
  • Windows Small Business Server 2008 Standard
  • Windows Small Business Server 2011 Standard
  • Windows 8 Enterprise
  • Windows 8 Professional
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