How to Print a Windows Easy Transfer Report

In my previous tutorial about Windows Easy Transfer Reports, I noted that I hadn’t found an easy way to print the information included in these reports. Thanks to our reader Cate Eales, who supplied a useful link, I can now explain in detail how it is done. Believe it or not, it turns out to be as easy as 1, 2, 3.

1. Set Windows Explorer to show hidden files and folders

First, if you haven’t already chosen to show hidden files and folders (and Windows 7 is not set that way by default) check out our tutorial on Windows Explorer’s Folder Options. Not only is this an excellent tutorial in its own right, it includes instructions for showing hidden files and folders about halfway down the page.

2. Finding the reports

After you have enabled Windows Explorer to show hidden files and folders, browse to this folder: C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows Easy Transfer\PostMigData. The easiest way to do this is to cut and paste this path, from this article. You may get a warning that you don’t have access to this folder. If you have administrator privileges on your computer, click Continue to be authorized to see it.

You’ll see sub-folders that have the date of your migration(s).

Open the folder with the date of migration that interests you and you should see a file called "AppInfo.html" plus other html files, each representing a report in Windows Easy Transfer.

3. Opening and printing the reports

Click on the AppInfo.html file, and it will open in your default browser. My default browser is Google Chrome, and it would not open correctly this file. The same goes for Firefox. That’s because the file contains some ActiveX controls which can be run properly only by Internet Explorer.

Right-click on the file name, click on "Open with" and choose Internet Explorer.

Once your browser opens the file, you can print the report by following your usual file printing command. In Internet Explorer, click on the little gear icon in the upper right corner, and choose Print from the menu.

If you have a printer that prints on both sides of the page, you’ll want to set it to do that, since the report can get pretty long.

Conclusions

I printed out my Windows Easy Transfer report by doing screen captures, pasting into Paint and printing from there. I’m sure everyone can see immediately that this was a lot of work and used up a lot of paper. Clearly, it was not the best way to go about it, but at the time I did not know there was another way. I thank Cate Eales for pointing all of us in the right direction.