Transfer User Profile in Windows OS using Windows Easy Transfer

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If you have created a new user account in Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows 7 or Windows Vista and if you’d like to transfer all your user data or user profile to this new user account, here is how you may move or migrate your User Profile easily.

Move or Migrate User Profile

To transfer your user profile and files, log on with the new user account that you may have created. Make sure that this new user account has Administrator privilege.

Windows Easy Transfer

The built-in Windows Easy Transfer wizard will help you in transferring files and settings from one computer running Windows to another. It helps you choose what to move to your new computers, such as user accounts, Internet favorites, and email.

To run it, type Windows Easy Transfer in a Start search box and hit Enter to open it.

Windows Easy Transfer

Click Next to start the wizard.

Transfer, Move or Migrate User Profile

If you have already saved your files to an external hard drive, connect the drive, click Yes and then follow the wizard. If you haven’t done so yet, go to the other PC and use Windows Easy Transfer to save your files. Clicking on No will exit the wizard.

Windows Easy Transfer can’t transfer files from a 64-bit version of Windows to a 32-bit version of Windows. If you’re transferring from a 64-bit version of Windows to a 32-bit version of Windows, you can move your files manually or use Backup and Restore.

Back up User Profile folder manually

If you want to back up the User Profile folder manually, open Windows Explorer. Click on Organize. From the options displayed, select ‘Folder and Search Options’.

Next, from the ‘Folder Options’ screen choose the ‘View’ tab. Check Show hidden files and folders box > OK to save settings.

Now navigate to your C:\Users\(Old Username) folder and copy all the files and folders in the C:\Users\(Old Username) folder to the C:\Users\(New Username) folder.

To copy all these files and folders easily, use Ctrl+A, and then Ctrl+C. To paste them use Ctrl+V.

Some of you might want to take a look at Transwiz User Profile Transfer Wizard and ForensIT User Profile Transfer Wizard too.

Hope this helps.

Check this if you receive the You’re currently logged on using a temporary profile error message while using Windows Easy Transfer.

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