How to Import Your Files and Settings from Your Old Computer to Windows 10?

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Transferring all the files and customized settings from one computer to another can be a tough task, and there are chances that you might miss a thing or two. Read this article to learn the best ways to import files and settings from an old computer to a Windows 10 computer in a simple and uncomplicated manner.

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For many of us, we have to put in a good amount of consideration, when it comes to moving on to a new system like Windows 10. We often get into a debate with ourselves on whether we really need it or not. Mostly because we are so comfortable using the old system and settings.

More than anything, we do not want to lose the files and the photos and videos that have been so precious to us the whole time. For those, who also use the system for work, the system will definitely contain official and sensitive documents, the very thought of losing it makes us shudder.

Migrating your files, settings, and programs to a new PC can be a little intimidating, especially if you’re not completely organized. But here you will get to know about some cool hacks that will make your life easier while transferring all the files from the old one to the new one.

This process will be simple if you’re already creating regular backups. If the files are not organized on the old PC, you could lose them if your hard drive dies or you have another computer error. This is why backups are essential.

There are several ways to go about it. So, here are the simple steps on how to go about the process to import your files and setting on Windows 10

How do I Transfer My Settings and Files from an Old PC to Windows 10?

Copy and Transfer Using a Hard Drive

  • Copy and move all your old files to a new disk i.e. you move them all to an external hard drive.
  • Download and install your programs onto the new PC. This basically means transferring your files will not actually install any software programs on your PC. You will have to download them from their respective websites.
  • Adjust your settings. Just the way you adjusted your old computer so, it worked the way you wanted it. You will have to do it again, with every application and setting.

Use OneDrive

The other option to go about transferring your files onto Windows 10 is as follows:

If you have already been using OneDrive, for all your files storage then you will be able to access your files from any new PC. Even on Windows 10, all your files will be available. All you need to do is log in and your account will be synched.

And if you use the Windows store then all your installed apps are kept in the history library and the apps can be reinstalled from there.

This was another option to make importing your files and settings from your old computer onto Windows 10.

Use Windows Easy Transfer

There is a Built-in-Tool available in Windows called Windows Easy Transfer. If you have been using Windows 7 and are moving to Windows 10 then this is something you can opt for.

Make sure, while doing this run both Windows 7 and Windows 10 on your old and new computers.

  • Plug the Windows transfer cable into a free USB port on each of the PCs. Open Windows easy transfer.
  • On the new computer, you need to select whether this is the new or old computer.
  • The transfer will ask do you need to install Windows Easy Transfer on your old computer. Choose “I already installed on my old computer” or “My old computer is running Windows 7”.
  • Windows Easy Transfer will connect two computers and then you can choose what you want to transfer from Windows 7 to Windows 10. Choose ‘advanced’ to select specific files to transfer rather than the Whole folder. Back in the main window, ‘the Advanced Option’ lets you decide; whether to pull the whole user account associated with the files and settings from the old PC to the new PC or to merge it into an account already on the new PC.
  • After choosing the wanted files, select ‘Transfer’. Then, wait patiently. You’ll finally successfully use Windows Easy Transfer from 7 to 10.

There are other options for importing files and settings from an old computer to Windows 10. But for that, you will have to download the ‘Paid Software’ that is available.

Additional Read: If you have lost or deleted your WET or MIG files, try the solutions mentioned in this article to recover deleted MIG or WET files from Windows.

NOTE: If you want to transfer data from one Windows 10 PC to another, follow this write-up.

Whenever you are going to import files and settings from your old computer to Windows 10, there is a possibility that you might lose a file; such as missing photos or videos. Because remember, you are importing a lot of things and it's common.

So, don’t panic! If something like that does happen just choose a reliable and professional data recovery tool. Keeping a data recovery tool like Remo Recover handy in such situations is a good way to safeguard your data.

This application provides an easy user interface and efficiently recovers data from any storage devices such as external hard drives, flash drives, memory cards, and other storage devices. In addition, you can make use of this application to recover data after Windows re-install in a couple of minutes.

Whenever you are importing the files and settings to an old computer always take a backup, any interruptions while transferring the files might result in data loss. In case, if you have not taken a backup then make use of Remo Recover.


We hope this article has helped you in solving the issues that brought clarity on how to import files and settings that you had on your old computer to a new Windows 10 computer if you happened to lose any files during the process you can recover those files easily using Remo Recover.

About the Author: John Harris

With a decade of experience in data recovery, John Harris, Senior Editor at Remo Software, is your go-to specialist. His focus includes partition management, Windows solutions, and data troubleshooting, delivering insightful content that serves both users and search engines. John's expertise shines through in illuminating blog posts, untangling data loss intricacies across diverse storage platforms.…