Manual Windows Data Migration

This page contains helps and hints for doing a manual data migration on a newly imaged Windows machine.

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Manual Data Migration

  1. Reset the Domain Password for the user.
  2. Log in as Admin (.\admin).
  3. Open winadmin.
  4. Select Add a new user.
  5. Check the user type:
    1. Domain User: This is an employee user.
      1. Enter the username of the employee and click Add
    2. Local User: This is a generic local user such as a student.
      1. Enter the FullName and username of the new local account.
      2. Check Administrator to add this user to the administrator group. Most generic accounts are not administrator accounts.
  6. Log off and logon as the new user you just created.
  7. Open winadmin.
  8. Click 'Manual Migration'.
  9. Authenticate as yourself.
  10. Click Login.
  11. Select the backup image you created from the old machine.
  12. Please wait while the image attempts to mount.
  13. A folder will open showing the contents of the backup. Just drag the appropriate folders to the new user profile. Here are some of the default folders to move:
    1. Firefox:
      1. C:\Users\<Username>\AppData\Roaming\Firefox
      2. Copy profile from C:\Users\<username>\Application Data\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles use the Date Modified to help, if there is more than one. Copy into the same location on the new machine.
      3. You will need to edit the C:\Users\<username>\Application Data\Mozilla\Firefox\profiles.ini file path line to reflex the change Path=Profiles/<profilename>.default.
    2. Thunderbird:
      1. C:\Users\<Username>\AppData\Roaming\Thunderbird
      2. If more than one profile exists - check the dates for help in determining which is being used.
      3. After copying the profile into this location you will have to edit the profiles.ini file. This is the file that tells Thunderbird which profile to use. Change the path= line to reflect the name of the profile you moved.
      4. Test Thunderbird as the user. Check for a signature for the user to make sure that it is pointing to an active file.
    3. ImageNow:
      1. C:\Users\<Username>\AppData\Roaming\Image Now
    4. Datatel:
      1. C:\Users\<Username>\AppData\Local\Datatel
    5. Documents:
      1. C:\Users\<Username>\Documents
    6. Desktop:
      1. C:\Users\<Username>\Desktop
    7. Favorites:
      1. C:\Users\<Username>\Favorites
      1. C:\Users\<Username>\Downloads
    9. Links:
      1. C:\Users\<Username>\Links
    10. Pictures:
      1. C:\Users\<Username>\Pictures
    11. Videos:
      1. C:\Users\<Username>\Videos
  14. To determine the printers, use the printers.txt file that will automatically open while after the image has mounted.
  15. When everything has completed migrating, click Logout.
  16. Log back in as the user and verify data and printers.