Category Archives: USB-EASY-TRAN

Using Microsoft Windows Easy Transfer Software for Upgrading to a Windows 7 or 8 Computer

Although Microsoft has removed support in Windows 8.1 for upgrading to a new computer using a Windows transfer cable with the Windows Easy Transfer software, that software still offers the easiest and most automated method for upgrading to a Windows 7 or 8 computer. This blog post gives instructions for doing that.

Microsoft’s Windows Easy Transfer software is built into Windows 7 and Windows 8 and is available as a free download when using a Windows XP (SP2 or higher required) or Windows Vista computer as the source. It provides a step-by-step interface for migrating Windows user account settings and files from an old PC to a Windows 7 or 8 computer. With Plugable’s Windows transfer cable and Microsoft’s Windows Easy Transfer software, you can migrate in the following scenarios:

  • From a Windows XP SP2 (or higher) or Windows Vista PC to a Windows 7 or Windows 8 PC
  • From one Windows 7 PC to another
  • From  a Windows 7 PC to a Windows 8 PC
  • From one Windows 8 PC to another

Please note that the Windows Easy Transfer software does not support using the Windows transfer cable in Windows 8.1, or upgrading from a 64-bit version of Windows to a 32-bit version of Windows. It also does not work if the target computer has Windows XP or Vista. For instructions on using the Bravura Easy Computer Sync software to upgrade in these scenarios, see here.

1.Before getting started with the cable, install the latest drivers for the older PC if it is running Windows XP or Vista. Go to  http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows7/products/features/windows-easy-transfer and download the drivers for your edition of XP or Vista. Run Windows Update on the target computer, and also on the source computer if it uses Windows 7 or 8.

2. Plug the Windows transfer cable into a free USB port on each of the PCs (use a USB 2.0 port if possible to ensure the best connection speeds). Windows will attempt to recognize the cable. If you experience any errors at this point, email us at support@plugable.com. If all goes well, continue to the next step.

3. Now you need to open Microsoft’s Windows Easy Transfer software.

If you’re running Windows XP SP2 (or higher) or Windows Vista, an autorun option will give you the opportunity to launch the Windows Easy Transfer software if it’s installed. If it’s not, you’ll install it on the PC in a later step.

If you’re running Windows 7 or 8, Microsoft’s Windows Easy Transfer will open on screen when your Windows transfer cable is plugged in:

Windows Easy Transfer welcome screen

If you’re running Windows 8, you may need type Windows Easy Transfer into your Start screen, then click the Windows Easy Transfer icon to launch it.

Windows 8 search results screen

4. On the new PC, you’ll select whether this is the new or old computer. Select New and continue.

Windows Easy Transfer computer selection

5. On the new computer, you’ll be asked if you’re going to need to install Windows Easy Transfer on the old computer. You should already have addressed this in step No. 1, so select the appropriate answer from “I already installed it” or “My old computer is running Windows 7.”

Windows Easy Transfer installation options

6. On the old computer, make sure Windows Easy Transfer is running and select that you already installed in on the old computer.

7. At this stage, the Windows Easy Transfer software will connect the computers. If you get stuck at this point, see this blog post.

Windows Easy Transfer initial connection between two computers

From this point forward, you will make all your decisions on the new computer.

8. On the new PC, the Windows Easy Transfer software lets you choose what you want to pull from the old computer and how you want the synchronization to occur.

The “Customize” option lets you select which file folders and settings to synchronize onto the new PC.

Windows Easy Transfer data sync options
Choosing “Advanced” from this menu allows you to select specific files to transfer rather than the whole folder.

Back in the main window, the “Advanced Options…” link lets you decide whether to pull the whole user account associated with the files and settings from the old PC to the new PC or to merge it into an account already on the new PC.

Windows Easy Transfer account merge options

From the “Map drives” tab in this window you can determine where on the new PC the files will be transferred, if you don’t want them to be placed in the same file path as they had on the old PC. Occasionally, Windows Easy Transfer mistakes a computer’s recovery partition for its main drive and issues an error that not enough space is available on the target drive. If this happens, use the Map drives tab to set the correct target partition.

9. Once you decide what you want to copy from the old computer to the new computer, choose “Transfer” and watch the progress as the data is migrated. When it’s finished, you’ll get the chance to see what was transferred. This may take several hours, depending on how much data is on the old computer.

Another useful feature in this final window is an option to see what programs were installed on your old PC that you might want to install on your new PC.

Windows Easy Transfer reporting screen

This is helpful since the Windows Easy Transfer software moves documents and account settings but not your installed apps. With this feature, you can see what you will need to re-install on your new PC to match your old PC’s functionality.

Windows Easy Transfer list of programs on the old PC

10. You now can close the Windows Easy Transfer software on both computers and disconnect the Windows transfer cable.

If You Need Help
We’ve tried to cover the basics of how you can make the most of your Plugable USB-EASY-TRAN Windows transfer cable when using Windows Easy Transfer to upgrade to a Windows 7 or 8 computer.

Feel free to comment here or write us at support@plugable.com.

Plugable Windows Transfer Cable for Windows 8.1, 8, 7, Vista, XP. Includes Bravura Easy Computer Sync Software Product Details $19.95

Troubleshooting Windows Easy Transfer connection issues with the USB Windows Transfer Cable

Microsoft’s Windows Easy Transfer is a fantastic way to quickly import all the stuff that makes your pc yours: music, photos, videos, even personal settings like your desktop background and customizations to fonts, sounds, and other user account settings. Unfortunately, many users find that their old PC doesn’t properly install the driver for the USB Windows Transfer cable, so when they try and launch Windows Easy Transfer, they wind up stuck on the “establishing connection” screen below:

If Windows Easy Transfer is stuck on the “establishing connection” screen pictured above, or you’re seeing the “Windows Easy Transfer can’t connect to your other computer” error as shown below, and you’re trying to do the transfer over a USB Windows transfer cable, there’s a good chance that manually installing the device driver on your older PC will get you up and running.

To determine if driver installation is your issue, launch device manager by holding down the Windows key and tapping “R” while holding the Windows Key. In the box that appears, type “devmgmt.msc” without the quotation marks so the entry matches the picture below, then press enter:

Our first step in troubleshooting WET connection errors is to check device manager for devices with errors as illustrated here: Device manager entry for the Windows Easy Transfer Cable with no driver installed

If you see a “USB Transfer Cable” under “Other Devices” with the yellow exclamation mark as pictured here, you’ll need to follow the steps below to manually install the driver. Also, please note that either old or new PC may need this fix, however most often the old PC is the one that needs the driver manually installed. To manually install the driver on a Windows 7 system, follow the steps below.

  1. Right click on the “USB Transfer Cable” under “Other Devices” with the yellow exclamation mark, and choose “Update Driver Software”

    Right click and choose “Update Driver Software”

  2. Select the option pictured here to “Browse my computer for driver software”
  3. Either copy and paste in the following value or browse to this directory, then click next so the “Update Driver Software” wizard is as pictured below, then click next: C:\Windows\System32\Drivers
  4. Device manager should report that drivers have been successfully installed, and Windows Easy Transfer should now run normally.

These instructions apply to both Windows 7 and Windows Vista. For Windows XP instructions, take note of the 2nd post on Microsoft’s Answers forum by “Pareeeee”: Pareeee’s post on Microsoft’s Answers forum.


“You’re currently logged on using a temporary profile. Restart you computer and try again.”

This issue has been reported several times on Microsoft’s answers forum, and has been written about by Microsoft MVP Mitch Tulloch at Windows Networking. Thanks to Mitch for his explanation of the issue. I’ve attempted to explain how to complete these steps in more detail below:

To run regedit and do the .bak deletion:

press windows key + R

run window appears, type regedit.exe in the prompt and press enter

click the small triangle next to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\

more options are revealed, click the small triangle next to SOFTWARE

more options are revealed, click the small triangle next to Microsoft

more options are revealed, click the small triangle next to Windows NT

triangle next to CurrentVersion\

triangle next to ProfileList

and look any profiles that end with .bak and delete these.


LSPfix:

Another potential cause of connection issues for WET is having a corrupted winsock file. Note the post by “Dwebb83″ in this thread with instructions on how to use LSP fix to replace a corrupted winsock file.

Microsoft’s Answers forum thread

The Windows RT and Surface USB Device Compatibility Story

[Updated 11/20/2012]

Microsoft’s official statement is “Windows RT uses class drivers and in-box drivers exclusively, departing from a common driver added scenario on the x64 or x86 architectures.” (see Microsoft policies). There is no DDK. Officially, installing drivers on Windows RT is not supported.

That said, it turns out there is at least oneWindows ARM driver that exists (probably built and extracted from a full Windows RT platform development kit), and as a user you can install those drivers on a normal, unmodified Microsoft Surface device at least.

Whether Microsoft will close this mechanism in the future is unclear.

But for now, these steps show how to install a driver on the Surface to get wired ethernet support for particular devices like ours.

Below is a more complete list of all the Plugable devices which can and can’t be made to work with the surface today. Most use the drivers already built into the RT, so none of the above is a concern — but Windows RT is “special” so check for compatibility before assuming a device will work!

What devices work out of the box with ARM-based Windows RT (without a 3rd party driver install)?

USB hubs, including

USB extension cables, including

USB storage devices, including

USB keyboards and mice, including

What needs a driver package, but don’t have one for ARM-based Windows RT devices

Anything with a USB graphics function, including

Quite a few other devices with driver installs required, such as

What needs a driver package and has one available for ARM-based Windows RT devices

Feel free to add additional information in the comments, if you discover anything new or find any errors.