Avatar of Alexandre Takacs
Alexandre Takacs
Flag for Switzerland asked on

Windows migration tool win8 -> win7

Hello

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

Avatar of undefined
Last Comment
Alexandre Takacs

8/22/2022 - Mon
becraig

Are all the files in the same location ?

Here is some MS troubleshooting on this:

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/980870/en-us?p=1
ASKER CERTIFIED SOLUTION
Lee W, MVP

Log in or sign up to see answer
Become an EE member today7-DAY FREE TRIAL
Members can start a 7-Day Free trial then enjoy unlimited access to the platform
Sign up - Free for 7 days
or
Learn why we charge membership fees
We get it - no one likes a content blocker. Take one extra minute and find out why we block content.
Not exactly the question you had in mind?
Sign up for an EE membership and get your own personalized solution. With an EE membership, you can ask unlimited troubleshooting, research, or opinion questions.
ask a question
Alexandre Takacs

ASKER
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...
SOLUTION
Log in to continue reading
Log In
Sign up - Free for 7 days
Get an unlimited membership to EE for less than $4 a week.
Unlimited question asking, solutions, articles and more.
Alexandre Takacs

ASKER
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.
I started with Experts Exchange in 2004 and it's been a mainstay of my professional computing life since. It helped me launch a career as a programmer / Oracle data analyst
William Peck