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I am migrating someone with a windows 7 32 bit laptop and an Xp desktop to windows 7 64-bit on both machines. Both machines are 64 bit capable. I am going to back up all data but want to make some things easier for me. Can I copy his user profile folder from the windows 7 laptop to the new 64 bit installation without encountering permissions issues?

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You probably can, but I have found after migrating several computers now that it's just easier to use the Windows Easy Transfer tool that Microsoft has available. It's a bit slow, but I haven't yet had a problem with a file or setting not being transferred.

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