Migrating Files from Windows XP to Windows 7 or 8

One of the frustrations for Windows XP users who have decided to upgrade to Windows 7 or 8 is that they cannot perform a true upgrade. Upgrading replaces the Windows system files with the newer operating system files while preserving user data, settings and applications. In order to save your data, you would need to copy those files to an external device; flash drive, USB HDD, then do a custom (clean) installation of Windows 7 or 8, and then manually copy your files to your profile from the external device.

Fortunately, there is an easier method. Microsoft has partnered with Laplink to provide Windows XP users with a free data migration tool called Laplink PCmover Express for Windows XP. This tool copies files and settings from a Windows XP PC to a new device running Windows 7, Windows 8 or Windows 8.1.

After downloading the software onto your new PC and your old Windows XP computer, follow the step-by-step wizard through the process. You can transfer all or selected folders, user profiles, and settings from your old Windows XP computer to your new PC. Keep in mind that this tool will not migrate your applications, just your settings and data.

This tool is compatible with Active Directory and will fully support migrating domain users, although new PCs will need to be added to a domain just like any new system, regardless of how the user’s data has been migrated to the device.

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