How to Migrate a Windows User Profile from One Computer to Another

When you buy a new computer, the most difficult part is getting it to look and feel just like the old one. After all, we are creatures of habit and like to have our folders, files, settings, and customizations in place. While you could manually configure all your user settings on the new machine, there’s a much easier and quicker way - migrate a Windows user profile from your old computer to your new machine.

In this article, we’re going to show you how to do it in just a couple of simple clicks.

Windows Easy Transfer, an Option We All Loved

Back in the days of Windows Vista, Microsoft introduced a brilliant tool that made moving files, folders, and even user settings from one computer to another a piece of cake. That tool was called Windows Easy Transfer. Indeed, using it was very easy and readily available for free - all you had to do was launch the simple utility and follow instructions.

When Windows 10 was released, Windows Easy Transfer got discontinued and that put an end to built-in data transfer on Windows. Luckily, there is a much better and more powerful alternative to Windows Easy Transfer - FastMove.

How to Migrate Windows User Profiles with FastMove

With FastMove, you can migrate Windows user profiles between all types of Windows operating systems, over a network or using offline migration. Moreover, you can also move your installed software, device drivers, and files, as well as sync folders remotely or locally.

Here’s how you can transfer user profiles with FastMove:

  1. Install FastMove on your old and new computer, then follow the steps to configure both installations for online migration. Make sure both computers are connected to the same network.
  2. On the PC you want to copy data from, select the "Old Computer (online migration)" radio button and click "Next".
  3. On the next screen, FastMove will provide some information about the source PC that you'll need to enter in FastMove running on the target PC - computer name and bound IP address.
  4. Now go to the new computer and select “New Computer (online migration)”.
  5. Click “Next” and FastMove will find the old computer.
  6. Click on “Connect” and you’ll be ready to start user profile migration.
  7. On the next screen, select the Users icon in the left sidebar.
  8. Select the checkbox next to your user profile and start the migration.

Your Windows user profile will be copied to the new computer.

As you can see, moving user profiles with FastMove is very easy and all your data will be copied to the new PC without any issues.