How can I easily transfer my programs and settings from Windows XP to 7?

Tooma May 25, 2010

I am using Windows XP and I want to transfer to Windows 7, but I don’t want to reinstall all my applications and their settings and my saved bookmarks. Is there any program that will do that for me?

  1. Appmen
    January 24, 2011 at 12:57 pm

    You may consider to use WET (windows easy transfer) and PickMeApp: two free solutions to migrate from XP to Windows 7. WET may transfer your XP program settings to Win 7 while portable PickMeApp tool may transfer programs from XP to Windows 7. PickMeApp claims to support unlimited number of programs.

  2. Jack Cola
    May 29, 2010 at 3:16 am

    I would get an external harddrive, move all your files to that, export your bookmarks from your web browsers, and look in your application data folder to export your emails profiles etc.

    If you want help doing so, just reply.

  3. Anonymous
    May 27, 2010 at 1:21 am

    Adding to the above answers, I've just upgrade my XP to Win 7 and found out that the old windows apps are still intact within a folder called "Windows.old" in C: and they are still working (but some apps need to be re-registered).

    I also use Ninite (// to bulk install some basic apps starting from Firefox to Notepad++.

  4. Tina
    May 26, 2010 at 5:35 pm

    In case you're using Firefox, just copy your profile and your browser will look like you never reinstalled your system, extensions included.

    • Aibek
      May 30, 2010 at 6:29 am

      or you can use tools like MozBackup that can backup/restore Firefox profiles/settings/etc with a couple of clicks.

  5. Saikat Basu
    May 26, 2010 at 2:14 pm

    As far as I know, you will have to reinstall all applications. So the article mentioned by Steve covers everything. Bookmarks can be easily exported. All browsers have an Export Bookmarks feature. Do that and copy it to another location. After your OS installation, just import it again. For bookmarks, I will always advise you to use something like XMarks which is a bookmark syncing tool.

    Here are a few other resources:

    Upgrading from Windows XP to Windows 7
    How Do I: Migrating from Windows XP to Windows 7?

  6. Steve Campbell
    May 26, 2010 at 1:43 am


    I'm not sure that applications and settings can be transferred over so I would go into the applications and see if any of them allow for exporting of settings just to be safe.

    You should check out this article and the links within it. It should help you out:


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