Move files to a new Windows 10 PC using OneDrive

If you're making the move to a new PC, OneDrive can help you bring all your files, photos, and videos with you. Your files will be available on your new PC, and they'll also be protected in the cloud, so you can access them from anywhere, across all your devices.

Here's how to move files to a new Windows 10 PC using OneDrive.

Note: If you’re moving from a Windows 7 PC to a Windows 10 PC, see Move files off a Windows 7 PC with OneDrive.

Install and set up OneDrive on your current PC

You can get OneDrive cloud storage in a few ways—either with 5 GB of free storage when you sign in with a Microsoft account or with 1 TB of storage when you subscribe to Microsoft 365. Compare plans

  1. If you’re currently using a Windows 10 PC, you may already have OneDrive installed. Skip to step 2. If you don’t have Windows 10, install the OneDrive sync app.

  2. Set up OneDrive:

    If you don’t have accounts signed in to OneDrive

    1. In the search box on the taskbar, enter “OneDrive,” and select it from the list of results.

    2. When OneDrive Setup starts, enter your personal, work, or school account. You can use your current email address or phone number to set up a personal Microsoft account, or create a new Outlook.com email address for free to give you access to OneDrive, Skype, Office for the web, and more. 

    3. Follow the remaining steps to complete your OneDrive setup.

    If you have accounts signed in to OneDrive

    If you’re already signed in to OneDrive with one account and would like to add another, you’ll do that in OneDrive settings.

    1. Select the OneDrive cloud icon in the Windows notification area of your taskbar.

    2. Select Help & Settings > Settings.

    3. On the Account tab, select Add an account.

    4. OneDrive Setup will open. Enter your new account and select Sign in.

Sync the files and photos you want to OneDrive

Any files, folders, and photos you select will sync to OneDrive, and you can then access them on your new device. Learn how to upload photos and files to OneDrive

Access your files on your new PC

On your new Windows 10 PC, sign in to OneDrive with the same Microsoft account you used on your other PC. Then, get to your files by opening File Explorer or by selecting the OneDrive cloud icon in the Windows notification section of your taskbar.

Automatically back up folders on your new PC

Now that you can access your older files and folders on your new PC, make sure to keep your new files synced as well. Use PC folder backup to keep all new files syncing to OneDrive. You can then get to those files from other devices like your phone and tablet.

  1. Select the OneDrive cloud icon in the Windows notification area of your taskbar.

  2. Select Help & Settings > Settings.

  3. On the Backup tab, select Manage backup.

  4. On the Back up your folders message box, select the folders you’d like to back up, then select Start backup.

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Get online help
See more support pages for OneDrive and OneDrive for work or school.
For the OneDrive mobile app, see Troubleshoot OneDrive mobile app problems.

OneDrive Admins can also view the OneDrive Tech Community, Help for OneDrive for Admins.

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Contact Support
If you still need help, contact support through your browser or shake your mobile device while you're in the OneDrive app.

OneDrive Admins can contact Microsoft 365 for business support.

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Got feedback?
OneDrive UserVoice is your place to suggest the features you’d like to see us add to OneDrive. While we can’t guarantee any specific features or timelines, we will respond to every suggestion that gets at least 500 votes.

Go to the OneDrive UserVoice.

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