The Easiest Free Way to Transfer Files to a New Windows PC

Dave LeClair 25-02-2016

If you’ve just purchased a new PC How Do You Know If Your New PC Is Secure? Recent stories teach us that, in almost every case, there is software pre-installed on your device designed to intercept online transactions, listen in, or compromise your security in some other way. Read More with Windows 8.1 or Windows 10 installed, you might be feeling a little flummoxed as to how your old data will make its way from your retiring PC to the new one.


Well, don’t worry, because Microsoft has decided to make the process easy, as it’s partnering with Laplink to bring a free data transfer tool to all Windows users who are running an old PC 7 Warning Signs It's Time to Replace your Old PC When should you buy a new computer? Read More with Windows XP or newer and a new PC with Windows 8.1 or 10.


All you need to do is head over to this page and download the free software. Run it on both PCs, and follow the Wizard that’ll guide you through the process. If you’ve already spent time customizing the new PC, don’t worry, because Settings will be retained after the transfer has gone through.

The partnership between Microsoft and Laplink ends in August 2016, so it you don’t download the software by then, you’ll be missing the boat!

How do you go about transferring files when you get a new PC? Let us know in the comments!


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Related topics: Data Backup, Windows 10, Windows 8.1.

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  1. etrans
    February 25, 2016 at 11:09 pm

    I don't want to download anything for something that was built in before. Why did they remove easy transfer? I ripped the easy transfer files from my windows 7 and put it in my windows 10 pc, and it works fine.

  2. Neil
    February 25, 2016 at 11:37 am

    All data is held on a separate partition, including Outlook .pst files, so I set up a separate partition on the new PC and use my local network to move the data - or I could use a portable drive. Not a problem.

  3. Keith Brooks
    February 25, 2016 at 11:04 am

    I've got a old double-sided usb 2.0 easy transfer cable from the Windows Vista days and used Windows Easy Transfer in the past.
    In the process of getting parts for a new pc. I'll have the last of the parts in April.
    I may just try this free software with my Easy Transfer Cable hooked to both and see if it works.
    Though it will be a reverse transfer, I try this time.
    My hdd with my personal files is going in the new pc I'm building.
    I'm going to put a older smaller hdd in this pc and then I'll try to transfer my downloaded drivers for this pc from the new pc, back to this pc's replacement hdd.
    If that makes any sense.
    Before I do all that, I'll be refreshing Windows 10 on this one, as I'm also taking my current DVD-RW and Blu-Ray-RE drives out of this, too and putting a old Samsung DVD-RW in this one.