Windows Easy Transfer for Windows 10 [2019 Updated]

Windows Easy Transfer with Windows Icon dark green background

In Windows 7 there was an excellent tool called Windows Easy Transfer (WET) 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 WET to work on your Windows 10 machine.

Video Guide

We have created a walk through video on how easy it is to download and run Windows Easy Transfer on a Windows 10 computer. You can take a look at this, but we also suggest taking a read through our written guide, with screenshots to make this process as easy as possible for you.

Step by Step Guide

Below you will find a full set of written instructions with screenshots on how to get Windows Easy Transfer working for you.

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

Download Windows Easy Transfer Tool

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.

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

Windows Easy Transfer
Windows Easy Transfer

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:

Windows Easy Transfer Start Screen
Windows Easy Transfer Start Screen

You can then step through the wizard to select the options you want to use for backing up your original machine.

Windows Easy Transfer Wizard

Backing up your data

On the first page of the wizard, you will be given three options for how you want to transfer the data from your old machine to your new machine. These options are:

  • An Easy Transfer Cable – its unlikely you will have one of these, but if you have, it means that you can transfer the data directly from your old machine to your new machine.
  • A network – this is probably one that more IT professionals will use by taking advantage of a corporate network to remotely backup data from an end users machine to a new machine or during a rebuild phase.
  • An external hard disk or USB flash drive – this is likely to be the most popular option with home users as it allows you to simply plugin in an external USB hard drive and backup to that device. Once the backup phase is complete, you can then plug the external USB device into your new machine and restore that earlier backup.
Windows Easy Transfer Wizard Options
Windows Easy Transfer Wizard Options

Once you have made your select (we are going to go with the external hard disk option for this guide) you will be asked Which computer are you using now?:

Windows Easy Transfer Wizard Which computer are you using now.PNG
Windows Easy Transfer Wizard Which computer are you using now.PNG

Select the option that this is my old computer and the program will then go through your computer and check all the user and local profiles during a scan – this can take some time to complete depending on the size of data that you have on the machine:

Windows Easy Transfer Wizard Checking what can be transferred
Windows Easy Transfer Wizard Checking what can be transferred

When it has finished scanning for data, it will present you with the user profiles it can backup and you can then click on the Customize option to pick and choose what you want to actually backup from each profile:

Windows Easy Transfer Choose what to backup
Windows Easy Transfer Choose what to backup

Once you are happy with your selections, click on the Next button. This will then take you to the page where you can enter a password to protect your data:

Windows Easy Transfer Password Protection
Windows Easy Transfer Password Protection

Then you will have the option on where you want to save the backup. The backup will consist of one single file. Ensure that you give it an appropriate name and click the Save button.

Windows Easy Transfer Save As
Windows Easy Transfer Save As

The backup will then start to run on your old machine, saving the backup file to the location that you selected.

Note that this process can take some time depending on factors like the amount of data you are backing up, whether you have a SSD or SATA hard drive, are you using a USB 2.0 or USB 3.0 external device. So be patient and wait for the backup to complete.

Restoring the Backup

Once your data has been successfully backup up, you will now want to turn your attention to the restore of that data to your new machine.

To do this, you run through the same process as the backup to get Windows Easy Transfer running on your new machine. Then instead of selecting the This is my old computer, you select This is my new computer option.

Windows Easy Transfer This is my new computer
Windows Easy Transfer This is my new computer

Then browse to where you saved your backup file to from your old machine and you will then have the option to select what you want to restore as you did during the backup process.

Complete the wizard and the restore will begin.

Conclusion

That’s it! simple as that to bring back a tool that Microsoft should never have removed from Windows 10! This is an awesome tool but you also need to keep in mind that it is not overly intellegent. It is a big lift and shift type of tool so if you have any viruses or anything like that on your original machine – if you use this tool and accidently backup a virus file, you will restore this virus file onto your new machine – so be careful with what you are backing up from the start.

Feedback

If you have any questions on this guide, please feel free to leave us a message below using our comments section and we will always endeavour to reply and help you out as soon as we can!

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43 Comments on “Windows Easy Transfer for Windows 10 [2019 Updated]”

  1. Whether i choose 1mb or 5 gb of files to transfer, the WET file created is 145k. The selected files are not being transferred to the backup file. I am running executable as administrator.

  2. for those getting “the procedure entry point” error, there is a solution. it seems M$ broke the ability to distribute the windows 7 binaries as-is in recent versions of windows 10. i found a folder on my 64-bit windows, named “C:\Windows\Installer\$PatchCache$\Managed\2D74839D66B94DC4AB460D2059236133\0.0.0”. in it i found really old versions of these files: unbcl.dll, migstore.dll, & migcore.dll. copying them to the migwiz folder fixed the issue.

  3. Hi,thanks for this tool. I just copied and pasted the downloaded folder into my system 32 folder, but am getting a message saying “231 files in this folder are the same as those in your destination folder.” What should I do?

        1. OK, what you can try is to not copy the files to C:\windows\system32 – since writing this article I’ve found out that you can actually unzip the zip file and run the tool in any location. Give that a try and let me know? if it works for you I’ll then update this page. Thanks.

          1. I downloaded the Windows Easy Transfer to my Asus laptop. I see
            OS (C) which is my hard drive. I have the WET file but how do I unzip it.? The dialog box Do I have to copy it to my C drive or somewhere else

            Maryanne

  4. 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.

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

  6. 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

    1. 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.

  7. 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!!

  8. 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!

  9. 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

    1. Just to confirm what your issue is; you have taken a WET backup from a Windows 7 x64 machine and now you are trying to restore that file to a Windows 10 x64 machine?

  10. 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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