Windows 10 User migration from one PC to another, preserving data and preferences


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I am wondering, what tool I should use, if I replace one PC with a newer one, to transfer the entire user experience from older system to the newer one. This should include all the app preferences and OS environment customizations to the extent possible. Is there a utility for that? I should note that the user ID belongs to a third party. In other words, I have no control over how it is configured.

I come from the macOS world, where Migration Assistant has done that job spectacularly well for many years now. That's my benchmark. I am hoping for something similar in the Windows world.


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Definitely use USMT but do get free updated XML files from EhlerTech, as they deliver a much better result than the original XML files coming together with USMT.

Also, if you're not info fiddling in a Windows command line, you can make a shortcut by using the USMT GUI from EhlerTech.
USMTGUI is really easy to use but not free.