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I’ve experienced just about every Linux distribution made over the past few decades. I’ve seen so many versions of Linux claim to be the perfect operating system for new users, especially, those looking to finally shrug off Microsoft’s operating system. Some of those Linux distributions did a fairly decent job of helping users leave the world of proprietary operating systems, while others came up short. 

And then there’s Feren OS. Feren OS isn’t just a pretty face, it’s a face that you’ll find much comfort and familiarity in. It’s both immediately familiar and new at the same time. 

What is Feren OS?

Feren OS is a version of the Linux operating system that leans heavily into the KDE Plasma desktop with plenty of tweaks, such as substituting the Nemo file manager in place of Dolphin, to make it as elegant as it is user-friendly. 

I’ve already reviewed Feren OS, but there’s a tool within the desktop distribution that focuses specifically on Windows users to help them make the migration. That is what I want to highlight here. 

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Welcome to the Feren OS Transfer Tool

With the OS comes a tool called the Feren OS Transfer tool. This makes a backup copy of the data in your current operating system and then restores it to the new system after the installation is complete.

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Let me explain.

First off, you need to understand what a Live distribution is. With Linux comes the means to test an operating system before you install it. These Live systems run completely in RAM, so they don’t make any changes to your currently installed operating system or the data contained within.

When you boot a Linux live file system, it can access the files from the current operating system by mounting the host directory structure to a folder in the Live system. So, how this would work is:

  • Download Feren OS.
  • Create a bootable USB drive from the downloaded ISO image.
  • Boot the computer from the USB drive.
  • Mount a specific directory in the host OS (Windows) via the guest OS (Linux). 
  • Access your files and other data.
  • Using the Feren OS Live distribution, you can then launch the Transfer Tool which offers a one-click backup of your data.

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Using the Transfer Tool

The first thing you must do is boot into the Feren OS Live distribution. 

Next, open the Feren OS file manager, right-click the drive containing the Windows partition, and click Mount. This step makes your Windows data available to Feren OS.

From the Feren OS desktop menu, click System > Transfer Tool.