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Transfer Files and Settings Gone in 8.1

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    Transfer Files and Settings Gone in 8.1


    It appears the transfer files and settings is missing from windows 8.1, I don't use the so called Cloud, so I would guess the only way to move my Windows 8.1 installation to a new hard drive is to use the backup image app, or use a backup program. It would help me if the folks at Microsoft would make it easier to move to a new hard drive in case of failure.

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    Create an image backup using Macrium Reflect Free. Restore to the new drive.

    You'll need an external hard drive to do this.
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    Windows 8 Pro


    I suspedt the best action would be to just re-install windows and my apps, but O what a hassle, I just don't want to bring along a lot of excess baggage to a new drive. Thanks for the tip
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    I completely agree. New/clean install is always the best way, just takes more time.

    Having an image backup give you access to everything you had though which is a good way to backup any/all data you don't want to lose. Also give you a way to recover if the new install goes bad.

    Having an external hard drive and doing regular image backups is by far the best way to protect your data.
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    Windows 8 Pro


    Worst problem I have is trying to remember where all the app software and license keys are, what apps I had installed in the first place. yada, yada yada.
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    Yeah, I know what you mean. I have a file I keep all that information in. Took a while but once I got in the habit of keeping it up to date it's made things a lot easier.
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