Transfer/Migrate Windows 8 or 8.1 OS to Different Hardware

Posted by @AOMEI

October 9, 2016

Are you planning to transfer Windows 8/8.1 or Windows 7 OS to different hardware? The new feature in AOMEI Backupper is able to move Window OS to dissimilar hardware.

Main Advantage for Moving Windows 8/8.1 System to Dissimilar Hardware

May be as for some PC or laptop users, it seems that there is no need to say more about moving Windows 8/8.1/10 system image to different hardware. Because, a fresh installation is able to help you deploy any system on computer with different hardware.

If you are the users who think like that, you may ignore the most important advantage of migrating Windows 8/8.1 system image to dissimilar hardware. For instance, as for a company in development period needs to buy a few computers for new employers and then install system such as Windows 8 to all the computers. Doing as the common method, you need to install system one by one. Or create a system image from a computer and then restore it to the computers, but if the computers have different configuration, system aren’t allowed to boot up after restoring.

However, the concept of transferring Windows 8/8.1 OS to different hardware allows users to finish this task more easily. Because, this concept enables users to restore Windows 8/8.1 system image to dissimilar hardware and then the system can boot up normally.

Transfer Windows 8/8.1 to Different Hardware with AOMEI Backupper

AOMEI Backupper Standard is an OS imaging software devoted to data protection. The Universal Restore in this software is able to migrate system image to different hardware and it supports all versions of Windows 10/8.1/8/7/Vista/XP. In additional, AOMEI Backupper Standard allows users to clone disk, clone partition, backup files and so on.

Before you do:

  • Make sure you have a Windows 8/8.1 system image. If you don’t have one, you can create system image with AOMEI Backupper Standard.
  • You must open destination computer before the operation. AOMEI Backupper Standard helps you start up computer though PXE boot or bootable media boot. If you have several destination computers, we suggest you start up destination computer with PXE boot.

Step1: Start up destination computer with bootable media boot. (If you use PXE boot, you can refer to how to restore system image to dissimilar hardware with PXE boot.)

Step2: After finishing boot, please click Restore and then click Path to look for Windows 8/8.1 system image in interface of AOMEI Backupper.

Browse System Backup Image

Step3: Click Share/NAS in the pop-up window, then enter the information to find system image. (If you store system image on external drive, you should plug it into destination computer before the operation.)

Select Disk

Step6: After finishing the setting, please click Start Restore, then Universal Restore will start.

Universal Restore

Besides, company can benefit from transferring Windows 8/8.1 OS to different hardware, as a home user, when you need to replace with a new computer with different configuration, you can restore your well-used system or application to new computer with the help of Universal Restore.