Move Existing Windows 7 Installation to New Computer without any Error

Posted by @AOMEI

May 14, 2015

There is an easy way to move existing Windows 7 installation to new computer and in this article we will introduce the method to users who need it in detail.

“Currently, I have a Windows 7 32-bit installation on my PC, now I plan to transfer my present Windows 7 to a new computer to continue using it. Because my present system has several years worth of installed some related working software, which would take a really long time to install them again. So in order to reach my goal, how can I transfer Windows 7 installation to a new computer?”

How to move existing Windows 7 installation to new computer?

Usually, if you need to replace your old computer with new one, the directly way is to reinstall system and other application to new PC. But the fact is that users don’t expect to reinstall system or important programs. To reach the goal there are 2 methods to move installed Windows 7 to new PC.

Method 1: System Preparation Tool (sysprep)

Windows 7 System Preparation Tool (sysprep) is a powerful built-in tool which is able to transfer Windows 7 to new computer, maintaining all installed programs, user profiles and program settings. But if your Windows 7 is OEM version, you may not be able to reactivate it. On the other hand, an ungraded Windows including a repair install can’t be sysprepped, so in this situation, this tool is unavailable. What’s more, this method is complicated, which doesn’t suit for everyone.

Method 2: AOMEI Backupper Professional

AOMEI Backupper Professional is an all in one PC backup software, which is able to protect data completely. Recently there is a new feature called Universal Restore in this software that enables users to move existing Windows 7 installation to new computer easily and safely. After the transformation, Windows 7 can boot from the new PC normally. The following will show the detail steps.

Before you do:

make sure you create a system image for Windows 7

Step1: Open the new computer, to reach the goal you can use bootable USB or DVD. (If there are more than 2 new computers, you can use PXE boot to open new computers.

Step2: Launch AOMEI Backupper, and then click Restore and then click Path to find Windows 7 system image you have made.

Browse System Backup Image

Step3: In the pop-up window, click the place you save system image. (Here system image is stored in network).

Share NAS

Step4: Choose a backup point and then click Next to go on.

Restore System Image

Step5: Select a destination for the Windows 7 system image to restore and then click Next.

Select Disk

Step6: After setting all the things, please click Start Restore. When the progress gets to 100%,click Finish to exit the operation. Then you move existing windows 7 installation to new computer.

Universal Restore


  • Enable Universal Restore is ticked by default
  • If the destination disk is SSD, we suggest you tick Align partition to optimize for SSD

Both of the methods mentioned above allow users to transfer existing Windows 7 installation to new computer, but compared with the 2 ways, AOMEI Backupper Professional is easier to use. Furthermore, you can use this software to clone HDD to SSD, migrate OS to SSD, clone partition and so on.