Downloading from Windows 95 to Windows 7


I have an old computer with Windows 95 – can I download data from it to my new computer which has Windows 7 by using Plugable USB to RS-232 DB9 Serial Adapter (Prolific PL2303HX Chipset) [nine pin to USB?]


Hi R Green,

Thanks for posting your question here! While it’s likely possible to transfer your old data over a serial connection from your Windows 95 machine to the Windows 7 system, there are other ways to try first.

Here’s a couple of options:

  1. Probably the easiest if available, would be to get the Windows 95 and the Windows 7 machine on a local network. Then you could either:

-share a folder, here’s how:…

-or with internet-

-use a cloud service like dropbox or adrive

  • Keep in mind I haven’t tried any of these web based services with Win 95, so I can’t guarantee they’ll be compatible but even email could attachments could work if the volume of data is not excessive.
  1. Otherwise, if the network is not an option, you could remove the drive from the computer and use an external hard drive dock or enclosure to connect the drive to the Windows 7 machine through USB.

It’s most likely an IDE drive, but to be sure, remove the drive and search on the make and model.

Here’s an example of a cable that works with a wide range of drives.…

Let me know how it goes, and if I can be of any further assistance.

Thanks again,


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