New settings transfer method shown in Windows 8.1 9418 screenshot

Over the weekend, a set of screenshots from Microsoft's pre-release 9415 build of Windows 8.1 made their way to the Internet. The screenshots didn't show much in the way of new features but now yet another screenshot, allegedly from the new Windows 8.1 build 9418, does indicate it will have an updated option to transfer settings from one PC to another.

The screenshot comes from an account on the Chinese Weibo social network (registration required). It shows a menu selection for a wizard that will allow users to transfer settings and features that have been saved on a user's SkyDrive account. Some of the things listed in the screenshot that can be transfered are some app settings, email accounts, printer connections and the Windows 8.1 Start screen layout.

The menu selection also says that some info from Windows 8.1 apps can also be moved from one PC to another with this method, but this won't be available for all apps. Other connected PC devices and settings that don't sync up between the two PCs can also be transferred with this new option.

Assuming this screenshot is not faked, it looks like Microsoft is putting in a new and easier way to help transfer settings to a new PC with the Windows 8.1 upgrade. We should know for certain when the preview version is released via the Windows Store in late June.

Source: Weibo via Winbeta.org | Image via Weibo

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Its still worthless if apps have to be reinstalled. Until they can make it just like time machine there is no point to this. Just do file history and restore from that.

Blame the complexity of nearly 30 years of Windows desktop apps for that and the Registry which makes it impossible to move apps the way you desire. Apps on OS X are self contained packages, so they are easier to move. That's why you could go to a demo Apple machine in a store and simply copy all the apps to an external drive and copy them to your Apple PC at home. Windows 8 Modern apps are also self contained that's why they are easier to move, then again, you are not really moving them, just reinstalling them from the Windows Store.

Its basically a Modern UI version of Windows Easy Transfer. Since you still had to utilize the desktop version of WET from the desktop when migrating from older releases of Windows.

Let me start by saying I'm not trying to start a Win 8 bash, I was one of those who hated Win 8 until I actually forced myself to use it now I love it, but to my point..... It seems Windows 8.1 is going to be like Vista to Windows 7 as in.... Why didn't they just do that the first time?" I feel like Microsoft really rushed Windows 8 out the door, but 8.1 seems to have the refinement that people expect. I just hope it's not to little to late.

MS spent over 3 years on Win 8, they did everything they possibly could in that time and had to create a completely new UI, framework, API's, support new hardware and a million other things along with making new dev tools. Win 8 was certainly not rushed. People like you seem to think that MS have these magical powers to stop time and do all this stuff.

The only other alternative they had was to delay Win 8 for another year, but 4 year gaps between OS releases is just way too long these days.

I guess it will also be like 7 in that it is mainly just minor tweaks and a slightly updated interface yet everyone is going to fall in love with it, even stuff that wasn't changed.

What, and wait another year until they released it? They needed to get something out there for the tablet/touch screen devices, otherwise they would've been left behind in a big way. They have something out there, they've started to stem the tide away, and they're offering the "fit and finish" update for free.

Really, what is there to whinge about? You're getting the polished version about a year after the plumbing release AND you're not going to be forced to pay for it.

In other words, we could've waited another year for this and skipped the plumbing release, had nothing to put on tablets in the mean time (Which would've been somewhat disastrous for Microsoft), or released something that's quite decent in the meantime to build up the app store catalogue and have something to put on tablets, so that when they've finished the glossy version, not only does it appease the whingers, fix a lot of bugs and work better, but it'll have a somewhat more full app store to launch with!

1Pixel said,
MS spent over 3 years on Win 8, they did everything they possibly could in that time and had to create a completely new UI, framework, API's, support new hardware and a million other things along with making new dev tools. Win 8 was certainly not rushed. People like you seem to think that MS have these magical powers to stop time and do all this stuff.

Lot of common sense things that should of been there from the beginning an 8.1 addresses. Win8 was a little rushed. MS had to get it out there along with WP8 to deliver their new ecosystem. They were behind on mobile devices so they had to do something soon to keep people interested.

techbeck said,

Lot of common sense things that should of been there from the beginning an 8.1 addresses. Win8 was a little rushed. MS had to get it out there along with WP8 to deliver their new ecosystem. They were behind on mobile devices so they had to do something soon to keep people interested.

Judging by your posting history you don't seem to know this but it's should have rather than should of and could have rather than could of.

Yup, I also dont put apostrophes in words, say tho instead of though, thru instead of through. Who cares. I am not at work where things like this count and I am not being graded either. I do a lot of responding from my phone as well.

I see a lot of improper use of words every day posted here. Your instead of you're, there instead of their. To instead of too....but yet I dont need to be the grammar/spelling police.

Edited by techbeck, Jun 3 2013, 1:34am :

1Pixel said,
Win 8 was certainly not rushed.

Well, I would say that this is very opinable. I personally think that W8 and its Metro apps, when launched were not as refined as previous MS OSes releases.

manwiththedroid said,
Let me start by saying I'm not trying to start a Win 8 bash, I was one of those who hated Win 8 until I actually forced myself to use it now I love it, but to my point..... It seems Windows 8.1 is going to be like Vista to Windows 7 as in.... Why didn't they just do that the first time?" I feel like Microsoft really rushed Windows 8 out the door, but 8.1 seems to have the refinement that people expect. I just hope it's not to little to late.

I don't think they could have afforded to wait. The OS update landscape has changed. I really hope they continue to refine what they have with 8, and release those refinements more frequently. I guess that's what's expected now.

Fritzly said,

Well, I would say that this is very opinable. I personally think that W8 and its Metro apps, when launched were not as refined as previous MS OSes releases.


You're saying Win8's Modern is less refined then the startmenu/taskbar/desktop of Windows 95? Really?
I suggest you use Windows 95 some day, which is a similar release as Windows 8, the migration to a new GUI/Platform.

Shadowzz said,

You're saying Win8's Modern is less refined then the startmenu/taskbar/desktop of Windows 95? Really?
I suggest you use Windows 95 some day, which is a similar release as Windows 8, the migration to a new GUI/Platform.

While I would be really thankful if you could forward to me the address where you buy whatever you smoke, unquestionably great stuff, I would also advice you to read thoroughly before commenting: my observations were not about comparing which OS is easier to use but on the fact that itt was rushed. Comparing an OS released almost 20 years ago with one released nowadays is preposterous to say the least. Was Norton Commander or Xtree Gold more usable or easier than Windows Explorer today? Obviously not; things evolve and, although with some fallbacks which is intrinsically part of any evolutionary process, get better. Nevertheless BTW I am very familiar with Windows 95: I was also involved in the Beta program and I can reassure you will hat it was a giant step forward compared, for example, with Windows for Workgroups 3.11. Again progress and evolution....