Migrating Users from their current PC to a new PC

I am currently working towards solving the following task. 

I have 25 office users. Each user has their own 32-bit Windows 7 PC. 
I have purchased 25 brand new Dell, Windows 10, 64-bit PC's, one for each user. 

How can I migrate the user profile, and applications, in an automated process that will save time for the overall deployment process. 

I currently have a license for Transwiz by ForensIT which I am test with one of my workstations and a new PC. If it works, then I have the user profile migration part covered. Now I need the application migration part. Then I would like to automate the entire process into a script.

I do not have too much experience with this specific task, but I catch on pretty quickly. 

I greatly appreciate all of your input and time towards helping me with my project. 

Thank you!!

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Answers (2)

Posted by: Nico_K 4 years ago
Red Belt
the easiest way: Copy c:\users\ to the new PC (it is roughly the same USMT does)

  • Thank you Nico. What about migrating the users applications?

    I dont know if transferring the c:\users\ to the new PC would work.. Would there not be an issue with the SID? - ATADROS 4 years ago
    • you create the user on the destination machine (Domain or local depending on your env) and then copy the c:\users folder. then all settings which are made in the local user folder are done. If the apps are installed all settings are there as it was before. - Nico_K 4 years ago
Posted by: JasonEgg 4 years ago
Red Belt
If you want to preserve ALL application settings, then you have quite a task ahead of you. After all, you would have to know every single program that is being used and where that application stores data. Most application data is located in C:\ProgramData but no guarantees: Firefox stores its settings elsewhere. The settings might not even be in a file, but in the registry. I've known technicians that spent too much time (in my opinion) transferring every last thing, even making sure the desktop background comes across.

Another possible solution for retaining settings: tell the users they can keep their old hard drives and you can transfer settings on a case-by-case basis. I've allowed users to do this in the past and I NEVER had to go back to an old hard drive for anything.

I know I'm getting beyond your question, but I wanted to mention other solutions for dealing with transfers. I explain to the user that getting a new computer is like getting a new car. Sure, you can move some of your stuff (i.e. "My Documents" files) to the new car, but you're not going to move your rims or your cup holders, maybe the seat covers don't fit, etc.: I pitch the new computer as "a new start" and an opportunity to get rid of any of the "quirks" an old computer might have developed.

FYI: I'm one of the people on this forum who is a heavy KACE user, so we use the K2000 for our imaging/deployment solution.
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