Earlier last week, Microsoft announced that it has partnered with Laplink Software to help Windows XP users migrate their files, settings and user profiles from Windows XP to a newer version of Windows using Laplink’s PCmover Express. When Microsoft announced the free tool, it was not available for download but it’s now ready for download.
For the uninitiated, Laplink PCmover Express for Windows XP is a free software for Windows XP users to easily transfer their files, settings and user profiles from Windows XP computer to a PC running newer version of Windows such as Windows 7, Windows 8, or Windows 8.1. That is, this tool can’t help you move software from your Windows XP machine to your new Windows 7/8/8.1 machine.
In simple words, it’s not possible to transfer installed applications from your old Windows XP computer to a new Windows 7/8/8.1 PC.
In order to use PCmover Express, you need a Windows XP computer and a PC running Windows 7 or later version of Windows, both connected to the internet.
The best thing about PCmover express is that its easy-to-use wizard that makes transferring files and settings from XP to Windows 7/8/8.1 PC much easier. However, note that, you need to enter your name and email ID in order to continue.
The catch with this software is that it doesn’t help users who would like to backup files and settings to an external drive before uninstalling Windows XP and then installing Windows 7/8/8.1 on the same PC, as it requires both Windows XP and Windows 7/8/8.1 machines to be connected in order to begin the transfer.
Windows XP users who would like to easily move files and settings from Windows XP to Windows 7/8/8.1 PC can follow the instructions given below to successfully transfer files, settings, and user profiles from Windows XP to Windows 7/8/8.1 PC.
Step 1: Visit this page of Microsoft from a web browser in Windows XP PC as well as Windows 7 PC and click on the Download now button to download PCmover Express software.
Step 2: Run the setup file and then follow simple on-screen instructions to install PCmover. You need to install this software on both your old Windows XP PC and also your new Windows 7/8/8.1 PC.
Step 3: Fire up PCmover on your Windows XP, follow on-screen instructions to select your files and settings, and finally, when you reach the step ‘In progress – network transfer’, start PCmover on your Windows 7/8/8.1 PC and then follow the instructions to begin transferring files and settings. That’s it!
We encourage you read how to upgrade Windows XP to Windows 8.1 by keeping personal files, and how to get Windows XP mode in Windows 8/8.1 guides.