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How to Transfer Software to a New Computer

Updated April 17, 2017

After purchasing a new computer, it is necessary to transfer all of the files, programs and information from the old computer onto the new one. To do so with Windows Easy Transfer, users must simply connect the two computers together with a USB cable, open Windows Easy Transfer on the new computer, select the files you wish to transfer and follow the onscreen instructions to complete the transfer process.

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  1. Plug the USB cable into one of the USB ports on the new computer. Plug the other end of the cable into one of the USB ports on the old computer.

  2. Click the "Start" button on the receiving computer's task bar and select the "All Programs" option.

  3. Click the "Accessories" option, followed by the "System Tools" option. Select "Windows Easy Transfer" from the menu and click the "Next" button.

  4. Click the "Start a New Transfer" button and select the "This is My New Computer" option.

  5. Click the "Yes, I Have An Easy Transfer Cable" option.

  6. Open Windows Easy Transfer on the source computer.

  7. Click the "Next" button, followed by the "Use an Easy Transfer Cable" option.

  8. Click the "All Users, Files and Settings" option. Add or remove ticks next to files, programs and settings to add and remove them from the transfer queue.

  9. Click the "Transfer" button to begin the transfer process. Allow several minutes to several hours for this process to finish.

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Alexander Poirier began writing professionally in 2005. He worked as the editor-in-chief of the literary magazine "Calliope," garnering the magazine two APEX Awards for excellence in publication. Poirer graduated from the University of the Pacific with a Bachelor of Arts in English.

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