How to Transfer Minecraft World to Another Computer

EDIT: This method works only for the Java edition of Minecraft. It will NOT work with the Windows 10 version.
Ever wanted to copy your minecraft world? Well, this instructable will show you that. I will be showing how to do this on a windows PC. (I am moving from windows 7 desktop to windows 10 laptop). This should work with any Windows PC, but different steps must be taken when using Apple or Linux computers.

Step 1: Materials

You will need:

-2 Computers (or 2 different users on the same PC)

-an USB thumb drive (Google Drive could also be used)


The method described below will only work if Minecraft was installed from the Minecraft website. It will not work if Minecraft was installed from the Windows Store --

Step 2: Find World

1st, open the start menu and search %appdata%

Then, open the roaming folder. (on Windows 10 it may just be called %appdata% folder)

3rd, open .minecraft folder.

Finally, open saves folder.

Step 3: Copy World

Grab the folder with the name of the world you want to copy, and drag it over to your USB thumb drive. Note: if you renamed your world at any time, the folder most likely has the old name.

Step 4: Move World

Safely remove USB drive and insert into computer #2. Then, follow the directions in Step #2 to get to the "saves" folder. Copy the world folder from your USB stick to the saves folder and exit out of everything.

Step 5: Enjoy!

Open minecraft and enjoy playing your old world on your new PC!

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    4 months ago


    Is it possible to move Minecraft game data from Windows 7 pc to a Windows 10 pc?

    I have read some notes on the net and it says find the "saves" folder but I cannot seem to find that folder on a Windows 10 MC nstallation?

    7 replies

    It should work with Windows 10. In the original example I used a Win 7 pc going to a Win 10 laptop. The laptop no longer has Minecraft, so I can't test it again. It may be possible that the saves folder doesn't appear until a world is made, so if you don't have any worlds on the new computer, you could try to make one and see if the folder pops up after that. Otherwise it could be hidden or named something else. Hope this helps.

    Did you download and install Minecraft from their website or did you install it from the Windows Store?

    Ha, your question solved it re

    Did you download and install Minecraft from their website or did you install it from the Windows Store?

    Didn't know you could get it from the website for win 10, thought I had to go down the road of "Minecraft for Windows 10" via MS store!!

    All installed and saves and worlds overwritten and working.

    Thanks again for your help.

    So the answer is, Download Minecraft from Mahjong here for Win 10 if you want to copy data files from an old Win 7 installation accross.

    Windows store, i couldn't see any other way to get it, it made me walk on fire and jump through hoops to download it!

    This is a new build I am doing for my Grandson so I can uninstall it and try and download it from Minecraft, if I can?

    Thanks again for your help.

    Thanks for the input.

    I already tried what you said but no saves folder shows up.

    So you are saying that it can deffo be done from win 7 to win 10?

    I will have another dig about with it tommorrow and let you know what I find,

    kraftmineGosse Adema

    Reply 4 months ago

    But this does not help with moving from a Windows 7 pc to a Windows 10 pc, unless I am missing something here?

    Gosse Ademakraftmine

    Reply 4 months ago

    No this is for the mobile version.
    I Don't have the windows version.


    1 year ago

    same folders on linux in .minecraft ... the leading . hides the folder so from the terminal command use "ls -la" to find it. mac's should have the same layout but it's been a few years since I been on mac.


    Tip 1 year ago on Step 5

    If you dont have a usb drive, you can use google drive.


    1 year ago

    It's good to know so you don't lose all your stuff :)