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How to transfer files

We’ll talk you through what to do in a few simple steps.

There are a few ways you can transfer your holiday photos, videos and important work documents to a new Windows 10 laptop. Whether you want to use a portable hard drive, cloud storage services like Google Drive or an Ethernet cable to connect the two computers, we’ll show you what to do.

How to transfer files using a USB device

  • Plug your USB device into one of your old computer’s USB ports.
  • Right click on any files that you want to keep and select Copy.
  • Now, open up the Start menu and click on Computer.
  • Double click on the USB device you plugged in before. Right click anywhere and select Paste.
  • Once your USB stick or portable hard drive is packed full of memories, plug it into your new laptop and copy and paste the files over.

All set! There you have it. All your precious memories have made the journey with you to your new laptop!

How to transfer files using Google Drive

  • On your old computer, nip over to the Google Drive website and sign in to your Google account. If you don’t already have one, click on Create account and follow the steps to set one up.
  • Click NEW and then File Upload.
  • Now you can pick and choose any files you want to keep from your old laptop by uploading them to your Google Drive account.
  • Once you’re on your new laptop, log back in to your Google Drive account. You can view and work on your files straightaway, or you can download them so you can still use them when you’re not online.

All set! You can access Google Drive from your smartphone or tablet too, perfect if you’re switching laptops all the time and need access to your work.

How to transfer files using Microsoft OneDrive

  • Visit the Microsoft OneDrive website and click Sign up to create a free account. If you already use another Microsoft service like Skype or Xbox, you can use your details here. Click Sign in in the top right and enter your information.
  • Now you’re logged in, you can add files to your account by clicking Upload and picking which files you want from your laptop. Or you can simply drag them on to the Microsoft OneDrive window on your browser.
  • Once you’re on your new laptop, log back in to your Microsoft OneDrive account. You can view and work on your files straightaway, or you can download them so you can still use them when you’re not online.

All set! Your precious memories have made the move with you to your new device. If you have Microsoft Office, you can save Word documents, Excel spreadsheets and PowerPoint presentations straight to your OneDrive account, so you can access them wherever and whenever you want.

How to transfer files using an Ethernet cable

First things first, if you’re using an Ethernet cable you’ll need to make sure both laptops have an Ethernet port. These cables usually have identical colour patterns on each end but you’ll need a special ‘crossover’ cable – where the different colours don’t match up.

  • Plug one end of the Ethernet cable into your old computer and the other into your new laptop
  • On your new laptop, click the Start Menu in the bottom left and type in Control Panel in the search bar at the bottom.
  • Once you’re in Control Panel, look for the Network and Sharing Center. Ignore that –er, we know we’re right with –re!
  • Click on Unidentified Network at the top of the window
  • Select Turn on network discovery and Turn on file and printer sharing and your two computers will be connected!
  • Go back to the Start Menu again and click on Computer. Look for your old computer underneath the Network section and double click it.
  • Enter the username and password for your old device and you’ll be able to have a root around and look for any files you want to keep.

All set! Now you can simply copy any work documents, precious photos or music that you want to transfer and paste them somewhere on your new device. It’s as easy as pie so you’ll be done before you know it!