MigRecover Utility for Microsoft’s Windows Easy Transfer

The MigRecover Utility is an extraction tool for Microsoft’s Windows Easy Transfer and is vital in a multi-language environment or where you’re downgrading from a 64 bit Windows edition to 32 bit.

In my own case I only have a 32 bit release of Windows 7 Ultimate RC and had upgraded a workstation from 64 bit Windows Vista so this has been a life saver!

Big credits go out to the original developer of this fine extraction tool and to show my support I’m hosting this file as torrent’s vanish and temp. download links regularly break. Please show your support by helping out in the comments where people run into issues, I’ll help where I can but it worked a treat in recovering a 22GB SaveData.mig containing photos and documents from the last decade on my machine.

Download MigRecover Tool (USMT4)

Update: GUNHED provided a link in the comments to the latest version, kudos!

Archives

MigRecover Tool (USMT3)

Instructions

Update: I’ve hacked together the following steps from the MigRecover readme.

  1. Rename your MigRecover archive to SaveData.MIG
  2. Move your SaveData.MIG to C:\
  3. Extract the MigRecover.zip archive to C:\, this will create a folder called C:\MigRecover on your system, and contain the files necessary to run the utility
  4. Click Start, click All Programs, click Accessories, then right click Command Prompt, and select Run as administrator
  5. Type the bolded text, and press <Enter> MD C:\MIGRECOVER\RECOVER
  6. Type the bolded text, and press <Enter> CD C:\MIGRECOVER
  7. Type the bolded text, and press <Enter> MIGRECOVER.EXE C:\SaveData.MIG C:\MIGRECOVER\RECOVER
  8. The data will be extracted, if successful, to C:\MigRecover\Recover folder

Update: If the above instructions have not worked or you are receiving corrupt file errors I recommend you contact Microsoft Support. Please note, you will very likely will be charged a fee for this service by Microsoft Support.

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12 thoughts on “MigRecover Utility for Microsoft’s Windows Easy Transfer

  1. Hey, (hopefully I will have this figured out before you get to reply but here goes)

    I’m going from windows 7 on one computer to windows 10 on my new computer.
    I think my issue is mostly syntax based, either that or I’m missing a vital step.

    I’ll go with the most recent line I tried because between alternative quotation marks, and parenthesis and brackets I feel like next thing has to work.

    MIGRECOVER>MIGRECOVER.EXE “F:\Windowseasytransfer” C:\MIGRECOVER\RECOVER [password]

    after this everything appeared to be extracting but much like before it was just an error message:

    error while creating the destination file: C:\MIGRECOVER\RECIVER\File\C:Users\Dexter\Artclasshero\Appdata\Local\adaware\data\(various numbers-m.list
    every other line in -l.list

    I’m totally stumped, if you could help out I’d really appreciate it

  2. I recently bought the parts to upgrade my PC. Little did I know that Windows 10 does not come with Windows Easy Transfer and I used it to move my stuff from the “old pc” over to the “new one”; like I did when I upgraded from Windows Vista to Windows 7.

    When I realized I couldn’t un-archive my files I felt stranded in the middle of nowhere. I had them there in a huge MIG file and wasn’t even able to see the contents. I even tried to unarchive them at work, but the Windows 7 version at my workstation was a 32 bit one and wouldn’t allow to unarchive 64 bit data. I was frustrated.

    Then I’ve found your utility. It worked perfectly. No errors whatsoever.
    It saved me. It saved me frustration. It saved me time. It probably even saved money.

    I can’t thank you enough. I even twitted about it.

    I feel the need to donate some money.

    -Nick

    • Hi Nick, glad to hear it helped! I put that utility up years ago to help others and it’s still very much in use by end-users 🙂

  3. Great tool if you can work with command line. I recovered all my files. Thumbs down to Microsoft morons.

  4. Can anyone tell me how to solve this error when using this great tool?
    Error while creating the destination file: c:\migrecover\recover\File\C:\Users\K
    aroline\Music\iTunes\iTunes Media\Mobile Applications\Bubble Blast 2.01.ipa

    • Found a new version, which solved the problem – great.

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