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Windows migration tool win8 -> win7


I have been tasked with a downgrade task from Win8 to 7 (64 bits in both cases).

I have used the Win8 "easy transfer" tool to create an archive of the original machine and I'm having a problem to open it under win7. The file is recognized, the (basic) password is accepted but the program then throws a very unhelpful "Windows Easy Transfer couldn't open the file ". Nothing in the event log.

I guess that this scenario has not been fully tested by MS ?

Any idea / suggestion most welcome !
Windows 7Windows BatchMicrosoft Legacy OS

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Alexandre Takacs

8/22/2022 - Mon

Are all the files in the same location ?

Here is some MS troubleshooting on this:

Lee W, MVP

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Alexandre Takacs

Don't understand the question about file location ?

I agree that I might be out of luck - that being said I would have at the very least expected some sanity check from the program itsself - say "This mig file has been produced for a later version of the utility". Even better a way to install the latest utility on Win7...
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Alexandre Takacs

Thanks for those comments - I can confirm that downgrade is not supported at all and fails miserably (ie. there is not even a check that the file has not been produced by a more recent version of the application). All in all completely useless app in this context.
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