Moving Your Files to Windows 10 PCs

April 3, 2016

Windows 10 has finally been released, bringing what should be Microsoft's best operating system to date. Windows 10 is more than just a PC operating system; it's also what will run on Windows phones – and on small tablets as well, because a 6-inch phone and a 7-inch tablet aren't such very different devices. With all of the new features, there's sure to be something in it for everyone. But, If you get a new Windows 10 PC, how do you move files from your old computer that's running Windows XP, Windows Vista, or Windows 7?

Moving Your Files to Windows 10 PCs

Windows 10, unfortunately, has no option at all to transfer personal files between PCs, though you can get by.

There are three ways to get that done:

  • The hard and free way - Do it yourself
  • The easy and expensive way - Service Center
  • The easy and cheap way - by Vogla Cloud Backup

Do it yourself

In theory, you can do the transfer via a cable, a network connection, or DVD or CD-ROM discs, but we recommend using an external hard drive. It’s generally the most reliable approach, and means you have a separate backup of your data. When setting up a new PC, think about which files you need on a day-to-day basis and which ones could be stored elsewhere.

The manual solution works for basic backups, and it works for basic file transfer too. Connect a sufficiently large external hard drive to your old computer and drag-and-drop (or copy-and-paste) all the files you need from your old computer onto the drive. Disconnect the drive from the old computer, connect it to the new computer, and move the files onto the new computer.

If you’re moving from a PC with a 500GB or terabyte hard drive to one with a 64GB SSD (solid-state drive) or 32GB eMMC Flash drive, you may be forced to think about it. 

And of course, if you have a computer geek in the family, or you're a CEO who constantly demands your IT staff's attention for personal needs, you can probably get your files and personality transferred for free.

Service Center

If you're not comfortable using special software and possibly hardware to migrate your personal effects to a new PC pre-installed with Windows 10, you have other option. When you buy a new PC, you can physically take your old one into the retail store and opt to have technicians there do the migration for you. This cost will vary from store-to-store, but I'm sure there will be price breaks should you decide to purchase your new PC from that particular location. Incidentally, most of these service centers use the same transfer tools listed in section "Do it yourself".

VOGLA Cloud Backup

Vogla Cloud storage services can make it easy to migrate to a new PC. Vogla work well for this. When you use Vogla Cloud Backup for file storage, your files will be available there even when logging onto a brand new PC. Install Vogla client on your PC and dump your files into it. Log in to that same account on your other PC and it’ll download the files if they’re stored online. You can just keep your files on Vogla Cloud if your new PC has limited storage. You can access your files anytime, anywhere.

Moving your files to a new PC should be fairly easy with Vogla. With most tools, you’ll have to install your favorite programs afterwards and configure them. But the most important thing to bring forward is your personal files and data. Check the prices here

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