Got a Windows 8.1 computer, and need to transfer to a new Windows 11? Don’t worry – you can do that without losing your applications, settings and files (and you don’t have to be a computer guru, either).
While Windows 11 itself does not include transfer tools “out of the box”, there there is still a simple way to transfer programs, settings and files from Windows 8.1 to Windows 11 (or from Windows 8 – doesn’t have to be 8.1).
It’s automatic, straightforward to use, and ensures that nothing is lost in the transfer.
There are 3 parts you want the transfer to cover:
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
How to transfer from Windows 8.1 to a Windows 11 computer