Best Windows 10 Migration Tool (Two Ways Included)

Posted by @Teresa

May 21, 2019

This article introduces two ways to move Windows 10 in different situations (same computer vs. new computer) by using the best Windows 10 migration tool.

Benefit from Windows 10 migration tool

Windows 10 migration is a process of operating system and data migration. Many users switch HDD to SSD for better performance. However, there are mainly two ways to deal with the installed operating system and configured system settings: clean install and system migration.

To clean install Windows 10, you need to download a Windows 10 Media Creation tool, create installation package on a USB drive or a CD. Then, follow a lot of practical operations to complete the installation. It is an error-prone process, too. However, if you are interested in that way, you may refer to install Windows 10 to SSD for detailed steps with screenshots.

Except complicated progress, all settings, installed applications and user profiles of previous Windows 10 are gone. You need to configure everything from scratch. Fortunately, Windows OS migration tool solves the problem perfectly. Within several clicks, you can transfer Windows 10 and its user profile to target disk without reinstalling. Just boot off the cloned disk, and you’ll see the familiar operating environment.

The best Windows 10 transfer tool

When it comes to Windows OS data migration utility, there are several aspects you may take into consideration. In the first place, the tool should move all system-related drives to target place since some Windows also contains System Reserved Partition, not only system drive C:. In other words, it should perform a complete migration.

What’s more, the tool should be able to clone large drive to smaller one. Considering that SSD is more expensive than HDD in the same capacity, some user may have purchased a smaller SSD which may be even smaller than the system drive for Windows 10 OS. In that case, the importance of intelligent clone is self-evident.

In addition, what if you want to move Windows 10 to a new computer? Therefore, it would be better if the tool allows you to transfer Windows 10 from one computer to another, regardless of the dissimilar hardware of each computer.

Is such an OS migration tool really exists? The answer is yes. AOMEI Backupper Professional has the capability of cloning Windows 10 to new hard drive as well as transferring Windows 10 to new computer. The two features, System Clone and Dissimilar Hardware Restore, play important roles in this task. Let’s get to know them one by one.

How to migrate Windows 10 in different situations?

Following parts will show you how to transfer Windows 10 in the same computer and to the different computer separately.

Windows 10 migration to SSD in the same computer

1. Connect or install the SSD to your computer. Install and launch AOMEI Backupper Professional.

2. Click Clone and then System Clone.

System Clone Windows 10

3. The required system drive(s) is selected by default. Choose the SSD as the destination disk here.

Select SSD

Tips: all partitions and data on SSD will be wiped. Back up important files in advance.

4. Preview the Operation Summary. Check Align partition to optimize for SSD option since the destination disk is an SSD. Click Start Clone.

Migrate Windows 10 to SSD Start

Tips: Sector by sector clone requires the destination disk is equal or larger than the source drive. Do not check the option if you move Windows 10 to a smaller disk. Besides, sector by sector clone method takes up much more time than the default method (clone only used part).

5. When the process reaches 100%, click Finish to exit. Shut down your computer. You can either replace HDD with SSD or change boot priority to cloned SSD in BIOS to boot off Windows 10 from SSD.

Another product of AOMEI Family AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard allows you to format C drive successfully free of charge after the migration. 

Migrate Windows 10 to new computer

In the first place, create a system image for current Windows 10 with AOMEI Backupper Professional. In AOMEI Backupper, click Backup and then System Backup. And then choose a path to place the image. Finally, click Start Backup.

Backup Windows 10 System

Before taking further steps, you need to do some preparations accordingly for this task.

  • The new computer is able to start normally. Copy the system image of Windows 10 to the new computer.

  • The new computer cannot boot up. Create a bootable USB drive with AOMEI Backupper. And then place the Windows 10 system image to a path where you can access after you boot the new computer off the created USB drive. The place could be NAS, Cloud drive, shared folder or external storage.

Start the new computer and launch AOMEI Backupper. To boot from the USB drive, please change boot order in BIOS. Also, connect the external storage to the new computer if system image stores there. Now, follow steps below to restore Windows 10 to new computer.

1. Click Restore in AOMEI Backupper. It will automatically detect backup image by default. If not, click on Browse a path to select an image file and restore data from the file to navigate to the image.

Restore Windows 10

2. Confirm the operation by clicking Yes.

3. Choose a backup point and then click Next.

4. Confirm the Operation Summary. The Enable Universal Restore option in the lower-left corner is checked by default when it detects any dissimilar hardware. Click Start Restore to execute.

Restore Windows 10 to New Computer

5. When the restoration completes, remove external connections and restart the new computer from the local disk.

Tips:

  • The destination disk/partition will be overwritten. Be sure to back up crucial data beforehand.

  • By default, system image will be restored to the system partition or the equivalent place of the disk.

  • Some drivers, such as video/sound card drivers, NIC drivers, display driver etc, are not installed by AOMEI Universal Restore, as they doesn’t affect system startup and can be installed manually in Windows after the successful restoring.

  • To restore Windows Server to dissimilar hardware computer, please turn to AOMEI Backupper Server.

Different strategies are provided for different circumstances. To be honest, AOMEI Backupper is a reliable Windows 10 migration tool, no matter to SSD or new computer. You can use it as Windows 7 migration tool as well.