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How to transfer programs and files to Windows 10

Windows 10

If you are looking for transfer to Windows 11, see How to Transfer Programs And Files to Windows 11.
The tutorial below covers transfer to Windows 10.

A common question with the release of Windows 10 is – “How can I transfer my programs and files from the computer I have now, to a new Windows 10 system?”.

This is even more important because Windows 10 no longer includes any built-in “Easy Transfer” functionality.

Luckily, there are great 3rd party options that allow to transfer programs, settings and files to a new Windows 10 computer – from an older system running Windows 7, Windows 8, or Windows 10. The best part is that anyone case use it, with little technical knowledge or experience required.

There are 3 parts that are important to the transfer:

  • Files, such documents, pictures, music, pictures and emails
  • Settings, such as user profiles, emails, accounts, passwords, favorites, bookmarks, wallpaper and other personalization
  • Programs, such as transferring Microsoft Office, Adobe Photoshop, Quickbooks, TurboTax, Firefox, Chrome, and other programs to the new computer

Note: this guide relates to a transfer from one computer to another computer running Windows 10. If you are upgrading to Windows 10 in-place, on the same physical computer, please see the How to Upgrade from Windows 7 to Windows 10 guide.

How to transfer programs and files to Windows 10 computer

  1. Run Zinstall WinWin on your old computer.
    Note: WinWin is the transfer software. You can get Zinstall WinWin here, and its user guide here.
  2. Run Zinstall WinWin on the new Windows 10 computer
    1. You don’t need to do any configurations for the computers to connect – it’s automatic
    2. If the computers are already connect to same router, same Internet connection, or same wireless connection, you don’t need anything else
    3. If the computers are not connected at all, connect them with a network / Ethernet cable
  3. If you’d like to select which applications and files you want to transfer, press the Advanced menu. If you just want to transfer everything, you don’t need to go to the Advanced menu.
  4. Press “Go” on the Windows 10 computer to start the transfer

Ready to transfer your programs and files to your new PC?

Get Zinstall WinWin here

Video tutorial – how to transfer to a new Windows 10 computer