Windows Easy Transfer taking days to complete

Windows Easy Transfer is designed to make it easy to transfer your Windows settings and files from one Windows installation to another. But the utility selects ALL internal drives to transfer by default. If you’re like me, you may have terabytes of files stored on internal drives and there is no need to transfer these files if you’re planning to simply move these drives.

In this example, the utility selected 5 terabytes of data to transfer and estimated days to complete.
In this example, the utility selected 5 terabytes of data to transfer and estimated days to complete.
5 terabytes of data has been selected and these are from  drives other than C:
5 terabytes of data has been selected and these are from drives other than C:

 

To speed up transfer and avoid  the redundant step of copying unnecessary files, click Customize – Advanced and uncheck other drives. If you run Windows Programs from any drives other than C:, make sure you include these Program folders. Once you have completed this step, the data to be transferred will go down to megabytes from terabytes. Of course, your results will vary with the amount of data you store in your Document folder. I personally don’t store my files there by default.

Other steps to speed up transfer

Review the files stored in your Windows user folder and delete or move any obsolete files.

Other Windows services or running program may interfere with Windows Easy Transfer. Start WET from a clean boot.

Steps to enter clean boot mode.

1.    Click Start, type msconfig in the Start Search box, and then press ENTER.

If you are prompted for an administrator password or for a confirmation, type the password, or click Continue.

2.    On the General tab, click Selective Startup.

3.    Under Selective Startup, click to clear the Load Startup Items check box.

4.    Click the Services tab, click to select the Hide All Microsoft Services check box, and then click Disable All.

5.    Click OK.

6.    When you are prompted, click Restart.

7.    After the computer starts, use windows easy transfer.