Easy Transfer with XP Administrator account

I have an old computer running XP. I have  new computer running Windows7. I want to use Easy Transfer to move files from the old computer to the new. I have the Tornado USB cable for Easy Transfer.

I have one account on each computer. On my old machine this is called "Administrator" and it has administrator privliges. In order to move files smoothly with easy transfer I understand that the accounts it moves the files from/to must be named the same. On my new computer, it won't let me create or rename an account to Administrator because it says one already exists. However this "already exists" account doesn't show up in the list of users on the new machine. I'm afraid that if I use Easy Transfer as is, it will move my old files into the hidden "adminstrator" account on my new machine and I won't be able to use them.

I don't care what the name of the account is on my new machine, I just want to get it up to the level of functionality of my old machine as painlessly as possible. I have considered renaming my OLD machine account away from "Administrator" but am concerned that this might cause other problems.


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Last updated September 5, 2018 Views 1,235 Applies to:

When I used Windows Easy Transfer during my migration I had an option of creating a new account for the files and settings or I could restore them to an account with the same name. Logically of course, you will need to have an account setup on the computer you are restoring to with Standard Administrator privileges, it could be temporary or permanent.

Please see this article I authored about doing an Windows Easy Transfer:

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Upgrading from Windows XP?

Please read these instructions carefully and completely before you begin installing Windows 7: There are important steps that you need to follow to upgrade from your PC from Windows XP to Windows 7 in order to preserve your files and settings.

Before you begin, you'll need to back up all your data to an external storage device, and you'll need all of the installation discs for programs you want to keep. Please make sure you have an external hard drive (see details below).

More detailed instructions are available at windows.microsoft.com/upgrade-windows-xp. Here are the basic steps.

1. Run Windows Upgrade Advisor (windows.microsoft.com/upgradeadvisor) to see if there are any known issues that might affect the installation and whether you should install the 32 or 64 bit version of Windows 7.

2. Save your files and settings on an external hard drive using Windows Easy Transfer (windows.microsoft.com/windows-easy-transfer). If you don't have an external hard drive you won't be able to use Windows Easy Transfer. Alternatively, you can copy files you want to keep on a USB flash drive, CDs, or DVDs.

3. You'll need to manually reinstall your programs, such as Microsoft Office, after you install Windows 7. Gather the installation discs for your programs and any associated product/license keys. You might be able to download some programs from the Internet. For example, Windows Live Messenger can be installed from download.live.com/messenger.

4. Inset the Windows 7 DVD into your PC. When asked "Which type of installation do you want? click "Custom (advanced)."

5. After Windows 7 is installed, use Windows Easy Transfer to restore your files and settings.

If you're not comfortable installing Windows 7 yourself, check with a local retail store or PC services company to see if they offer upgrade services.

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