This blog is excerpted from 4 Key Considerations When Planning Your Windows 10 Migration, part of our Seamless Migration to Windows 10 series.

Don’t Worry.  Your Stuff Can Come With You.

If you’ve been following our series, you know about four key factors you should be thinking about as you plan your organization’s migration to Windows 10:

  1. Application Compatibility
  2. Hardware Compatibility
  3. User Acceptance
  4. User Data

In previous blogs, we discussed how to plan and execute Application CompatibilityHardware Compatibility, and User Acceptance. Today, we will cover the fourth and final consideration, User Data.

Easy Ways To Transfer User Data

The last thing you want during your Windows 10 migration is to be slowed down unnecessarily. Seamlessly transitioning user profile data between operating systems will help reduce negative impacts on the user experience.

Two of the easiest tools for seamlessly transferring user data between systems at scale are Microsoft’s User State Migration Tool (USMT) and OneDrive.

USMT 10.0

USMT 10.0 streamlines and simplifies user state migration during large deployments of Windows operating systems. USMT captures user accounts, user files, operating system, and application settings, and then migrates them to a new Windows installation. You can use USMT for both PC replacement and PC refresh migrations.

USMT enables you to do the following:

  • Configure your migration according to your business needs by using the migration rule (.xml) files to control exactly which files and settings are migrated and how they are migrated. For more information about how to modify these files, see USMT XML Reference.

  • Fit your customized migration into your automated deployment process by using the ScanState and LoadState tools, which control collecting and restoring the user files and settings. Learn more at User State Migration Tool.

  • Perform offline migrations. You can run migrations offline by using the ScanState command in Windows Preinstallation Environment (WinPE) or you can perform migrations from previous installations of Windows contained in Windows old directories. For more information about migration types, see Choose a Migration Store Type and Offline Migration Reference.

For more information, check out Common Migration Scenarios.


An often-overlooked Microsoft solution for keeping your user data intact is OneDrive. It allows users to back up their content, settings and preferences and seamlessly integrate those items to their new environment and hardware. 

This useful solution has one important caveat, however: OneDrive consumes extra network bandwidth. Therefore, ensure that you have the necessary bandwidth to support OneDrive as an enterprise-wide user data solution before committing to it.

Coming Soon

Watch for more insights from our Seamless Migration to Windows 10 series. Meanwhile, download our business brief, 4 Key Considerations When Planning Your Windows 10 Migration.