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Windows 7 - Windows Easy Transfer ‘Shared Items’

Last Modified: 2012-05-10
I would like clarification about using this utility especially regarding ‘Shared Items’.

For example I have used this utility to transfer settings from a Windows 7 user profile I was going to delete and then transfer it back to a newly created profile in the same name on the same machine into Windows 7.

I have also used in the way it was intended to transfer data and settings from XP to Windows 7 and I have the same issues.

The laptop in question had only two profiles on it Administrator and John.Doe
 I chose to transfer only the ‘John.Doe’ and the ‘Shared Items’

What bothers me is the ‘John.Doe’ account is about 750MB while the ‘Shared Items’ is 35GB and I am wondering why this is.  What can possibly cause 35GB of data on the Shared Items?

When using the utility to transfer back to the newly created profile the Shared items had increased to 58GB while the ‘John.Doe profile was still 750MB.

Do i need to transfer ‘Shared Items’ and what are they and why are they so large?  I chose just to transfer the ‘John.Doe’ profile back and to the newly created profile.

I also noticed that networked printers were not transferred back into the new profile and also some other user’s settings.
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