Migrate Win 7 computers to new Win 10 computers

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Getting ready to migrate a dozen old Dell systems with Win 7 to new Dell systems with Win 10. I've seen a few third party programs that claim to transfer everything including key-coded programs like Microsoft Office. Anyone try some of these and which are the best? Thanks
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Brian MurphySenior Information Technology Consultant

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Used USMT for large migrations:
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/deployment/usmt/usmt-overview

PCMover Express for smaller
https://pcmoverfree.azurewebsites.net/

Although apparently no longer free...
https://pcmover-10.laplink.com/

But economical given the # of PC's you stated and it should handle the applications although you would probably need to provide more details as to all the application requirements relative to migration.
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)
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It is best to set up the new systems, install newest software and then copy over the data from the other systems.

Try PC Mover:  https://ppc.laplink.com/specialpages/can-branded-pcmover/

You may find you are copying old software and possibly errors. So at least test it first.

You also do not want Windows 7 Drivers, so just the applications you want and just the newest ones. Windows 10 typically chokes on old Windows 7 software.
Scott SilvaNetwork Administrator

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Never had the best of luck transferring software like that... Just bite the bullet and reinstall... Or if they all have common software like most corporate PC's should make a base image and install all the common software, then reseal and clone... Install optional software after on the systems that need it... Roaming profiles make user data more portable if you already don't have folder redirection.
I will soon have a few dozen migrations to do, and will do just what I said to get things going... I might do a fast clone of the old system just in case and keep it for a couple months to be safe.
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)
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Commented:
Just bite the bullet and reinstall.

That is what we do. Better results and a chance to upgrade all software.
Top Expert 2013

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and note that not all software accepts being run on different hardware, so you need at least an new licence
i also suggest fresh install as best solution in the end - it may save you lots of time...
Rob HutchinsonTech Lead, Desktop Support

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Ditto on what others are saying regarding not trying to transfer programs, but you can also use the free Microsoft program called easy transfer to transfer the user's data:

https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/971759/how-to-back-up-or-transfer-your-data-on-a-windows-based-computer

This should be in a folder under C:\Windows\System32 called migwiz just search for the migwiz.exe executable.

Now, officially, this does not work under Windows 10, but if you were to rename the migwiz folder under C:\Windows\System32 on the Windows 10 computer--the same folder that includes migwiz.exe on a Windows 7 computer; then copy that same migwiz folder from the Windows 7 computer into the same location...it will run under Windows 10. Micro$oft did not include this program on Windows 10 because they sold it to the company that makes one of the programs already mentioned above.

Not sure of the official stance on licensing regarding this use, but the migwiz.exe is Licensed to use with every Windows 7 computer.

The folder location on the Windows 7 computer is called:
C:\Windows\System32\migwiz\

At work, we use a migration tool made by the company I work for called PMM so we do not need to use the Windows migration wizard, but for a small number of computers like you have, the migration wizard should be fine to transfer user data.
WORKS2011Managed IT Services, Cyber Security, Backup

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Never had the best of luck transferring software like that... Just bite the bullet and reinstall.

I agree 100% and if errors transfer you missed the opportunity to start with a fresh version of WIN10. Especially with a small migration of 12 computers. I second the idea of creating an image and cloning the remaining computers.

Copying data we either run scripts or once the image is complete we just copy data over ourselves.
Top Expert 2013

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transferring software across PC's is something from old times imo., when the programs were simple and dos based.
These were very easy to transfer
anyhow, if you use any of the suggested software, i'll be curious for the result
Brian MurphySenior Information Technology Consultant

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If you go the gold image route you can use something like Clonezilla (Linux Boot) which is open source with advanced imaging options.

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