Using USMT V.5 to Migrate your Profile Data, Apps & Profile Settings

Today we are going to show how can we migrate user profile settings, data & app settings from windows 7 to windows 8 using USMT V.5 (User State Migration Tool), using a Network Compressed Migration store, this type is used to be labeled as (PC Refresh, Using a Compressed Migration Store)

Download Assessment & deployment Kit, and run the installation:

  • Select No, then click Next

  • In the License Agreement window click Accept

  • Select (User State Migration Tool) and click Install

  • Based on your OS architecture you have to choose either the 64bit or the 32bit version of the USMT tool, and for simplicity you may copy the installation folder to the root of the drive to reach it more quickly

  • On that step, we are going to open and configure the outlook on the windows 7 PC and do some custom configuration inside as an example to test the application settings migration

  • Synchronization is now completed

  • In this example we shall create an outlook rules as shown

  • We shall also set an outlook signature for new e-mails as shown

  • After that we shall open the IE and add some web pages in the favorites bar as shown

  • Change the wallpaper to a specific one as shown

  • Create a word document in the Documents folder , in this example the document name is "1.docx"

  • On the windows 8 PC prepare a network share to place the migrated data on as shown

  • Create a shared folder on the a network share "in this case it is the target Windows 8 PC itself" to place the migrated data on it
  • Run the ScanState tool in an elevated CMD with the following syntax:
  • Scanstate.exe \\win8-1\Migration /i:migapp.xml /i:migdocs.xml /v:5 /vsc /encrypt /key:KamalKey
  • Note here that we are migrating User Application settings and Documents, we also used the following switches for:
  • /v:5 to turn the verbose output mode
  • /vsc to turn on the volume shadow copy during the migration phase
  • /encrypt: to encrypt the data on the target network share for protection and privacy
  • /key:keyname used to decrypt the data during the restoration on the new windows 8 PC

  • On the target machine (Win8-1):
  • Copy the installation folder from the source PC (Win7-1) "c:\User State Migration Tool\amd64\" to the target pc (Win8-1)
  • Open the CMD on "Win8-1" and type the following:
  • Loadstate.exe \\win8-1\Migration /i:migdocs.xml /i:migapp.xml /i:miguser.xml /v:5 /decrypt /key:KamalKey

  • After the migration is done, note the wallpaper you configured on the windows 7 workstation is now set to the new windows 8 machine

  • Open MS outlook and notice the same configuration is now migrated and your Hotmail account in that example if working fine

  • Open to check for your configured signature, you shall find it as it was in the Win7 PC

  • Open your "Documents" and note the sample document you created "1.docx" is found!

  • And finally open the Internet Explorer and note you Favorite bar, contains your Favorite Sites


I hope you find this Blog post Helpful.

Thank You for your time

Mohamed Kamal from NEPA team.

Comments (7)
  1. Soulsurvivorla says:

    Kamal, this is very useful. Some things that I experienced. I had to decrypt the Documents folder, which I was unaware was encrypted. I also ran into issue with errors and return codes, which I Google’d. However, no real resolution was offered on the websites
    that I found. Is there a site or guide that instructs what to look for when, for example, error code 27 is received?

  2. Sarah McMurray says:

    awesome thanks Kamal

  3. Sadegh Khademi says:

    is very usefull

  4. Metthew Mok says:

    does USMT 5.0 works on winsdow 7 pro to windows 7 ent?

  5. Julius says:

    Is it possible to block themes, wallpapers and other display/visual customizations (DPI, window colors & appearance etc.)? If so, can you point me to a resource on that?

    I’m following the instructions to block themes, wallpapers:

    But all of that is still coming over.

  6. Seth Technet says:

    Why not hardlink?

  7. Corrupted Catalog says:

    Do you know of a way to fix a corrupted catalog from this? I have an 18GB mig file but can only extract around 200 MBs from it.

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