Microsoft and Laplink have teamed up to offer a simple, free solution.
PCmover Express is a wizard-based tool which transfers files, folders and settings from an old Windows system to a Windows 8.1 or Windows 10 PC.
There are a few restrictions. The free offering is licensed for non-commercial use only; the source PC must be Windows XP or later; both the source and destination systems must be connected to the internet, and to the same network, and there’s no support for domain-joined PCs.
Keep in mind that PCmover Express migrates files, folders and settings only. To move your applications as well you’ll need the commercial PCmover Professional.
Still, if you’re happy with the data-only approach, PCmover Express is a quick and easy way to make the transfer happen, and North American users even get free 24-7 phone support to help walk them through the process.