Transfer OS from Old Hard Drive to New PC with Different Configuration

Posted by @AOMEI

March 25, 2015

Is it impossible to transfer operating system (OS), like Windows 8.1/8/7/XP form old hard drive to new PC with different configuration? Now free AOMEI Backupper is able to finish this task easily.

Why Need to Move OS from Old Hard Drive to New PC?

Computers play an important role in work, but with time goes by, the performance of computer will become slower and slower. On the other hand, the configuration of your present old hard drive may not satisfy your high demands, and there is wear and tear for old hard drive during long time use, which may cause data loss. In order to avoid these problems, most of users will plan to replace with a new PC.

However, as for a person whose work depending on computer doesn’t expect to reinstall their well-used system and applications. If the new PC has exactly same configuration as the old one, just create system image with Windows built-in tool or third party software and then restore it to new PC. But in common situation, new PC is different from old one. In this situation, you need to transfer OS from old hard drive to new PC.

Migrate OS from Old Hard Drive to New PC with AOMEI Backupper

AOMEI Backupper Standard is a free and processional third party software developed by AOMEI Technology. It supports all version of PC system such as Windows 10, Windows 8.1/8, Windows 7/Vista, Windows XP. Universal Restore is a new feature in this software, which is able to help users to move system image from old hard drive to a new PC with different hardware easily with no error.

In order to finish this operation, you need to create system image in advance. And then you should start up destination computer where you plan to restore system image under the help of PXE boot or bootable media boot. Then you can start Universal Restore. This is the main progress of the restore. The following will show you the details.

Step1: Choose one of the two methods to open destination computer (take bootable media boot as an example). If there are more than two destination computers, we suggest you use PXE boot, because PXE boot allows users to open the several destination computers at the same time with network.

Step2:In the interface of AOMEI Backupper, click Restore and then click Path to look for system image.

Browse System Backup Image

Step3:ClickShare/NAS and then enter information to find system image.

Share NAS

Step4: In the pop-up window, choose backup point and then click Next to go on.

Restore System Image

Step5:Select a disk as destination disk to restore system image and then click Next to continue.

Select Disk

Step6: Make sure you have set all the things right, and then please click Start Restore to perform Universal Restore.

With AOMEI Backupper Standard, there is also no need to worry about errors when you transfer OS to different hardware after replacing old hard drive with a new one. But if you are a user of Server 2003, Server 2008, you should try AOMEI Backupper Server Edition.