Easy Transfer - User Accounts

I will be using Easy Transfer to migrate all the possible files from our XP machine to a new Windows 7 machine. I have been using the W7 computer offline for a course I am taking and set it up with the same 4 User Accounts we have on our XP machine with the same names. If I choose to transfer "everything" including User Accounts will the prior existence of those accounts cause problems with Easy Transfer? Will it try to create alternate User Accounts?
      I have a few empty test folders under three of the accounts since I had some problems setting up the accounts initially. My account contains a folder with a number of files for my course but I plan on copying them to a flash drive "just in case" they get clobbered by the Easy Transfer process.
      While I'm at it, should I install my program files after the transfer or before or doesn't it matter?
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Last updated August 16, 2018 Views 6,902 Applies to:

Hi TomCU

Windows Easy Transfer helps you move your many files, folders, and program settings from one computer to another—all in one process.

Using Windows Easy Transfer, you can choose to move:

·         user accounts

·         documents

·         music

·         pictures

·         e–mail

·         Internet favorites

·         program settings

When the transfer is done, Windows Easy Transfer Reports shows you what was transferred and provides a list of programs you might want to install on your new computer, as well as links to other programs you might want to download. When you've finished moving your files and settings to your new computer with Windows Easy Transfer, your new computer will have your familiar files, folders, and program settings—and that makes getting back to work much easier.

·         You can only open Windows Easy Transfer if you're using an administrator account.

·         You can view your Transfer Reports anytime after your transfer is complete.

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 Vista to a 32-bit version of Windows 7, you can move your files manually or use Backup and Restore in Windows Vista. For more information, see Back up your files and Restore a backup created on a previous version of Windows on the Windows website. If you're transferring from a 64-bit version of Windows XP, you'll need to move your files manually.

Refer the following links for additional information:

Transfer files and settings from another computer


Transferring files and settings: frequently asked questions


Yes you need to install the programs once you are done with the Transfer because Windows Easy Transfer will only transfer the Program Setting Files.


Divya R – Microsoft Support.

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