Next USMT release

I wanted to take a moment here on the blog to let everyone know that we are continuing to invest in USMT and have aligned the next USMT release to coincide with the next release of Windows.  Please be assured that all of you will be the first to know when we have more information…


What do you want to see here? Any ideas?

Is anyone out there?  Is there anything you’d like to see a blog post about?  I can’t guarantee that we will answer your question but I can promise that we will try.  Drop a comment and let us know.


Hello world!

Welcome to the User State Migration Tool (USMT) team blog!  I am very excited to claim this space on the web for USMT.  I hope that this blog can serve as a place where knowledge can be exchanged between those of us who develop USMT and those who use it to complete migrations. There are…


Why you want (and need) to run USMT as a local administrator

UPDATE: an updated post is available here. I’m leaving this post up to preserve the post history as well as comments. Although there are a limited number of scenarios in which USMT can be run without local administrator privileges, doing so ends up not being the most ideal situation.  There are a couple of reasons why:…



Thanks for all of your suggestions in the comments on the post "What do you want to see here? Any ideas?" that went live on July 3rd.  I am working on a post to address some of the questions in the comments regarding the config.xml file.  Hopefully I will be able to get this up…


What version of USMT can be installed on Windows Server 2003 or 2008?

Unfortunately, there isn’t a version of USMT that can be installed or executed on Windows Server 2003 or 2008.  As noted on the download page and in the user documentation, USMT is only supported on client versions of Windows.


What is the User State Migration Tool?

To get started, here is the first paragraph from the USMT help content on TechNet: You can use Microsoft® Windows® User State Migration Tool (USMT) 3.0 to migrate user files and settings during large deployments of Microsoft Windows XP and Microsoft Windows Vista™ operating systems. USMT captures desktop, and application settings, as well as user…


How to debug a USMT log like a Pro

The Scanstate and Loadstate logs contain a wealth of information on each problem that is encountered, however it does take a little bit of work to root cause a problem.  For example, lets take a look at an example.  A few weeks ago our team got an email from someone who was finding that Scanstate…


Increasing MigXML efficiency

Increasing the efficiency of MigXML is all about making each individual include or exclude pattern as specific as possible and ensuring that the component operates in the proper context.  For example, the following component is extremely expensive to include in a migration: <component type=”Documents” context=”UserAndSystem”>   <displayName _locID=”All Word Documents”>User Data</displayName>   <role role=”Data”>    …


Why you need to be careful with /c

Scanstate and Loadstate both allow the /c switch to be used to skip non-fatal errors.  However, due to the impact that using it can have on a migration, great caution must be used when deploying Scanstate and Loadstate with /c.  To get started, here is what the help content has to say: When specified, ScanState…