Microsoft Releases Free Data Transfer Tool To Help Migration For Windows XP Users

Windows XP Migration Tool

Microsoft today announced couple of announcements regarding end of life support Windows XP. First, they are offering free transfer tool that will be available beginning this month that will help Windows XP users migrate their data to new PCs running latest OS. Also, from March 8th, 2014, Windows XP customers using the Home or Professional editions who have elected to receive updates via Windows Update will receive an official notification on their desktop screen via Windows Update informing them that support for Windows XP will end on April 8th, 2014.

Regarding free tool,

To help customers on Windows XP prepare to move to a new PC, we are announcing a free transfer tool that will be available beginning this month. We have partnered with Laplink to provide Windows XP users with a free data migration tool called PCmover Expressf or Windows XP which copies your files and settings from your Windows XP PC to a new device running Windows 7, Windows 8 or Windows 8.1. This tool will copy your files, music, videos, email and user profiles and settings from your old PC to your new device, transferring across your home or work network, and even enables Windows XP users to customize exactly what they want to bring over to their new device.

PCmover Express will be available for download in English starting later this week via as well as French, German, Italian, Japanese and Spanish coming later in March and it will be available in Korean, Chinese, Russian and Brazilian Portuguese after that. But if someone doesn’t want to wait for the tool to be released in their local language, they can access Laplink’s tool in other languages as well via Microsoft’s Download Center.

Microsoft also released a new website that will tell what users on what OS they are running on their machines.

For customers unsure of what version of Windows they are using, they can go to, a website designed to automatically tell if a PC is running on Windows XP or a newer version of Windows like Windows 7, Windows 8, or Windows 8.1. If it detects Windows XP, the website provides guidance on how to upgrade ahead of the April 8th end of support deadline.

Source: Windows Team Blog

  • Mati

    MS is starting to send migrate tools for XP users
    2-4 April – MS BUILD
    8th April – end of Win XP support

    I ve just started to belived in free version of “Windows 8.1 with Bing” !

    • NegLewis

      Choose: pay $99 or use this W8 + Bing
      I will choose to use Bing.

      Choose: Pay Upgrade fees or use W8 + Bing
      I will choose to upgrade.

      • Nham Thien Duong

        Bing’s Ad services are awesome. 😀

      • Jeff Hung

        Microsoft can make it like a free-to-play game:
        Want to change desktop theme? Pay real money or exchange for it by Bing Reward Points.
        Want to enable OneDrive local synchronization? Pay real money or exchange for it by Bing Reward Points.
        Want Remote Desktop? Pay real money or exchange for it by Bing Reward Points.
        Of course, making store app or music/video content purchases can also get some Bing Reward Points and unlock some functionalities.

  • ZloiYuri

    I’m truly impressed that tool. But two questions. Why so late? And better made a proper migration from one device to another. Al least half contact pics were lost while changing nl920 to 1520. And two-year bug with shifting birth date nobody fixed. Afraid wp8.1 will be dramatically buggy with all old bugs and a lot of new.

  • Nham Thien Duong

    I’ve suggested this in the Microsoft Community many times, I’m really happy that Microsoft is finally releasing these tools, too bad I had to do all of this manually a few years ago, but I’m happy that these people will finally get these top Microsoft functionality. 😀

  • grs_dev

    Took them long enough!

  • Steve Parker

    Microsoft announced free transfer tool that will help Windows XP users migrate their data to new PCs . New updates are also available for XP users in coming days. This tool will allow you to copy your files, music, videos, email and other data from your pc to another device easily.

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