Transfer/Migrate Windows 7 to New PC with Different Hardware

Posted by @AOMEI

January 20, 2015

Learn how to transfer or migrate installed Windows 7 32/64-bit system and applications from your old computer to one or more new PCs that has a different hardware configuration.

Under what circumstances will you transfer/migrate Windows 7?

Before talking about the topic, let’s first start with a more practical question: why do you need to transfer your Windows 7 to a new PC?

There are two possible reasons stand out when asked about this question. One related to personal use; the other one to commercial use. It happens often that a PC user just want to transfer his Windows 7 to a new PC instead of wasting time to do fresh installation of system and necessary applications one by one. In other cases, a new company won’t want to spend a lot of time repeating these installations, since time is too precious when it is associated with profit. It would be ideal if there is a way to transfer the ready Windows 7 operating system to a new PC. Luckily, there is AOMEI Backupper which can meet this demand.

AOMEI Backupper helps to transfer Windows 7 to new PC

AOMEI Backupper Professional is all-in-one data protection and disaster recovery solutions for PCs and workstations. It is specially designed for home and commercial use at lowest cost, however, it is endowed with plentiful practical features, such as system/disk/partition backup, recovery, clone, PXE boot tool, create bootable media, etc. This software can be applied to Windows XP/Vista/7/8/8.1, both 32 bit and 64 bit.

As to the theme of this article - transfer Windows 7 to new pc, AOMEI Backupper can help complete this task in an easy way. The whole processes can be summarized into two steps - Backup and Universal Restore.

Backup Windows 7

Step 1: Launch AOMEI Backupper Professional, find "System Backup" in the Backup tab and click it.

System Backup

Step 2: In order to distinguish this backup from others, edit the task name in the blank. AOMEI Backupper will automatically choose the system partition as the source. You only need to select a location as the destination path. Here, backup to NAS is strongly recommended if you want to transfer Windows 7 to multiple new PCs. Then, start the backup and wait for the success. The whole progress won’t take too long. At last click "Finish" to exit.

Restore Windows 7 to New PC

Step 1: Change the main interface to the "Utilities" tab and select AOMEI PXE Boot Tool, which enables the computers within the LAN to start up through the network by using bootable environment.

Step 2: Choose any option to start the service. Then AOMEI PXE Boot Tool will configure related data automatically and start the service to wait for target client computers.

Step 3: Configure the client computers in BIOS to boot from the network.

Tips: Click this article: “How to Use AOMEI PXE Boot Tool” to get detailed operation information.

Step 4: Now, start the client computer to enter into Windows PE or Linux micro-system. There you will find AOMEI Backupper.

Step 5: Click "Restore" to cut to the chase. You need to browse the path to find the Windows 7 system backup image. Remember it locates under the Share/NAS button. Then click Next to go on.

Step 6: Now select a backup time point to restore. Continue.

Step 7: In the Operation Summary, make sure that you have ticked the "Universal Restore" option as well as checked the operation information. Finally, click "Start Restore".

When the Windows 7 system restore is completed, exit AOMEI Windows PE and disconnect AOMEI PXE Boot Tool.

Tips: For a completely same system restore as the original one, you had better to do system backup right before the restore. Thus, the system can be restored to the latest state to avoid reinstallation of plenty of applications after system restore.