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Win Easy Transfer on Win 8.1
January 18, 2015
5:08 pm
George Harper

My wife needs a new computer. Her current one is about to crash. She has Win 7. I read somewhere that transferring data to a Win 8.1 system has become much harder. Something about you have to create a file on a DVD.

What will we have to do to transfer her data from the Win 7 to Win 8.1? Can we use Bluetooth or will we have to have a crossover cable?

Also, do you know if Win 8.1 is eligible for a free upgrade to Win 10 when it comes out?


George Harper

January 19, 2015
1:56 pm
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It is true that backup and restore has changed. It is actually better with Win8.1, but not easily compatible with Win7. 

The last time I did a transfer like that, I used an external hard drive. Put all the important data there and just plugged it into the new computer and used the files from there.

I now use Win8 file history to keep everything backed up to recover recently deleted files. It is a good idea to make a regular disk image for catastrophic failures.

Bluetooth would take a long time with a lot of files. A crossover cable may work. Check into LapLink. They say it will transfer more than just data. Sometimes it works great, other times there will be substantial cleanup.…..hip-112014.

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