Windows Easy Transfer for Windows 10

Windows Easy Transfer

In Windows 7 there was an excellent tool called Windows Easy Transfer to transfer all your settings and data from one machine to another or to backup data to restore after a computer rebuild.

Well Microsoft being the helpful company they are decided to remove this from Windows 10!

So, we are fighting back and showing you how to get Windows Easy Transfer to work on your Windows 10 machine.

First of all, you need to download the Windows Easy Transfer Package available by clicking the link below:

Download

Windows Easy Transfer Package

Included in this file are the 32-bit and 64-bit files you will require. Ensure that you use the correct one for your version of Windows 10.

Instructions

You will need to copy the folder called “migwiz” from within the zip file:

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Then you need to paste this folder into the following location on your Windows 10 machine:

C:\Windows\System32

Note that we are assuming that your Windows installation is on the C: drive, if not, change the drive letter.

Then go into the “migwiz” folder and run the following file:

C:\Windows\System32\migwiz\MigSetup.exe

This will then start the setup process and launch the Windows Easy Transfer program.

If you want to use it in the future again, you can then run this file:

C:\Windows\System32\migwiz\MigWiz.exe

This will then launch the Windows Easy Transfer program:

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That’s it! simple as that to bring back a tool that Microsoft should never have removed from Windows 10!

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23 Responses

  1. Dan Gordon says:

    Will this let me pick and choose which files I want to recover?

    I got lazy and used the Windows Easy Transfer, and now I only need a few files from the backup (it’s on an external HDD) and certainly don’t want any settings and such moved onto my current computer.

    Thanks for your help.

  2. Richard Schuler says:

    Seems you can only run migwiz.exe or migsetup.exe only once. After that you get a fatal error.

  3. Eduardo says:

    I can’t copy the folder to system32, i get “you have not permission to perform this action”, my account is administrator.

  4. adam says:

    which computer do I install WET on, the old one or the new one or both, also does it matter if one system is 32 bit and the other 64 bit? thanks

    • tghadmin says:

      Depends on what OS you are using. Windows 7 already has it installed so no need to install it on that. Windows 10 does not have it installed so you would have to install it on that. You cannot use it cross platform – as in x86 to x64 will not work.

  5. Jason says:

    Struggled to find a solution to restore the MIG file i created for a customer’s laptop migration. This information provided has helped me tremendously. With no luck using usmt or willingness to pay for the third party migration tool, this process has saved me tons of time and effort. Thank you!!

  6. Don DAuria says:

    I tried to copy the migwiz file where your instructions said, but I got messages that some files were duplicates of existing files and that for other files I need permission that I don’t have. Help!

  7. Robin Schumacher says:

    had used windows easy transfer from windows 7 pc to ext. hard drive. windows 7 pc no longer bootable. just downloaded file and followed instructions. opened and ran magwiz which installed windows easy transfer. tried to transfer from ext drive to new pc and got “Windows Easy Transfer couldn’t open the file” I had a 64 bit windows on old pc that I transferred my files to the ext hard frive. used the 64 bit file in migwiz. Any suggestions would be helpful

  8. Mackenzie Dodge says:

    The video card just went out in my lap top and I have a gig tomorrow, wasn’t sure how I was going to get everything off the back up hard drive to my new computer then I found this! Thanks! Transferring now (I think), easy peasy.

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