How to Transfer Files from Windows 10 to Windows 11

This post shows how to transfer files from Windows 10 to Windows 11 safely and move programs without reinstalling.


By Lucas / Updated on May 12, 2023

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After Microsoft released Windows 11 on 5th Oct 2021, have you upgraded your computer?

Not every Windows 10 PC can successfully upgrade to Windows 11. Some people may need to use some files or apps from their Windows 10 PC on other PC with Windows 11 system.

If you’re one of them, this article will give you a little help.

How to transfer files from Windows 10 to Windows 11?

To use files and apps from your Windows 10 computer means you’ll face a problem: how to transfer files from Windows 10 to Windows 11 computer?

Thus, in this part, we’ll offer you 3 solutions to fix this issue.

1. Use OneDrive

OneDrive is a cloud storage service owned by Microsoft. It allows users to store files, photos, videos, etc. on their computer, and users can download all files from OneDrive when they need.

Step 1. Sync the files you wish to transfer. Once you’re on the OneDrive website, right-click the blank and select “Upload”, “Files” to upload the files you want to add to this cloud storage tool. Here we use OneDrive web as an example.

Click balnk in OneDrive

And you can also right-click your files and choose “Share” to move them to OneDrive.

OneDrive share file

Tip: Both the OneDrive app and the OneDrive web allow you to directly drag the files you want to add into it.

Step 2. After your computer upgrades and boot in Windows 11 successfully, sign in to your account in the OneDrive app or website.

Step 3. Then, you can download them from OneDrive to the Windows 11 PC.

2. Copy & Paste with a USB

Of course, you can move files via a USB. It is safe and the files can have a backup. You just need to plug your USB into your computer, then copy and paste your important files onto your USB. And after your computer finishes the installation of Windows 11 and boots successfully, you can move them via Copy & Paste.


3. Transfer programs via App Mover

OneDrive is a quite user-friendly tool to help users move files from Windows 10 to Windows 11. However, OneDrive can’t allow users to upload a program and download it back to their PCs. If users need to transfer programs from Windows 10 to Windows 11 for some reason, it won’t give you a hand. For example, the upgrade of Windows 11 may nearly occupy all space on the disk, users will need an external disk to store other large programs.

At this moment, convenient third-party software will be a nice choice. AOMEI Partition Assistant Professional is your nice choice. This powerful software can detect all data files the program needs to boot no matter where they are, and transfer them with the program to make sure your program can successfully run on another device.

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First, you need to connect this external drive to the computer.

Step 1. Install and run Partition Assistant. In the main window, right-click the drive and select the “App Mover” feature.

App mover

Step 2. In the new window, there’s a partition list with the number and size of installed programs. Select one partition that you want to move applications from and click "Next".

Select partition

Step 3. In the next window, select applications you want to move and select the target location, then click "Move".

Select file

Step 4. In the next window, please confirm forcibly closing running applications when moving starts. Click "OK" to begin the process.


Then, please wait for the operation.


Only 4 steps, you can finish the whole transferring process. Then, you can plug this external disk into your Windows 11 computer to solve the problem of insufficient storage space.

AOMEI Partition Assistant Professional not only can help you solve “how to transfer files from Windows 10 to Windows 11”, but also has many useful functions such as, convert MBR to GPT disk for Windows 11 upgrade, secure erase data from SSD, delete large files, allocate free space from one partition to another, cloning disk/partition… And if you need to use this convenient tool on other devices, it even allows you to create a portable version of this tool.

Lucas · Staff Editor
I prefer peaceful and quiet life during vacation,but sometimes I watch football match if my favorite club performs brilliantly in that season. And I love reading, painting and calligraphy, thus I send my friends festival handwriting cards every year.