Migrating Windows User Settings and Profiles

Despite all the hoopla about migrating people from Windows to Linux, I have yet to read about any app or script that helps users migrate profiles and user settings.

Consider some of the following cross platform apps:

  • Firefox
  • Thunderbird
  • Chrome/Chromium
  • LibreOffice/OpenOffice
  • Pidgin
  • GIMP
  • Inkscape
  • Skype
  • VLC
  • SMPlayer
  • Clementine
  • Miro
  • KeePass
  • Audacity
  • Hulu player

Some cross-platform apps are designed to support copying profile directories to a different operating system.

Other data is not so easily migrated. File data contained in most recently used (MRU) lists are an example. Or migrating desktop shortcuts.

There is the challenge of moving data files to an appropriate location:


My Documents->/home/Documents

My Music->/home/Music

My Pictures->/home/Pictures

My Scans->?

If developers want Windows users to migrate then a full and robust GUI tool is needed to help with the data migration.

Posted: Category: Usability Tagged: Migrate, Windows

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