How to Move/Transfer Windows 8/8.1 OS to New Computer?

Posted by @Cherry

August 3, 2015

Moving or transferring Windows 8 or Windows 8.1 operating system (OS) to new computer (most time is dissimilar hardware) allows you to continue using well-adjust system on the new computer.

Why Move Windows 8/8.1 to New Computer?

Windows 8/8.1 operating system is acclaimed by Windows PC users. However, when the computer gets old, many users want to replace it without reinstalling OS and changing settings. Most of them choose to move Windows 8 to a new computer. After that, they can use the new computer with well-adjust system and familiar settings. Besides, moving Windows 8 to a new computer can save a lot of time of reinstalling Windows and applications.

The Best Way to Move Windows 8/8.1 to a New Computer?

Moving Windows 8/8.1 to new computer isn’t a simple thing. You need to move OS from one to another. How? You may think about whether you can restore the system to the new PC so that you don’t have to install a brand new Windows 8/8.1 operating system, and yes, it can work out. But it’s not easy. In order to make it easier, here we recommend you to use a third party free backup software - AOMEI Backupper Professional, which can help you to move Windows 8 system from old computer to a new one with dissimilar hardware.

Install and launch AOMEI Backupper Professional

First, you need to create a system image of Windows 8. Click the Backup -> System Backup, then choose a path to store the backup image. Here we save it to a NAS drive, and please remember the IP you input. Backup to NAS will be very convenient for the recovery to the new PC. Of course, you can use an external hard drive, too.

In order to boot up the new computer, you need to create a bootable media to start up the new computer. Or you can use a PXE Boot Tool, which you can use it to start up the new PC within LAN through network.

When you prepared the two things, you can move Windows 8 to a new computer with AOMEI Backupper.

Step1. Here we use the PXE Boot tool to start up the new computer. You can learn the specific steps by How to Use AOMEI PXE Boot Tool.

Start Up From PXE Network

Step2. When the computer starts, it will display the main interface of AOMEI Backupper. Click Restore. Choose the path to find where you stored the system backup image.

Browse System Backup Image

Step3. Considering we have stored the system backup image to a NAS, here click "Share/NAS" and type the necessary information that needed, and click OK to open the backup image.

System Backup Image On NAS

Step4. Select the backup point and click Next.

Restore System Image

Step5. Here you can choose the disk where you want to move Windows 8. Click Next.

Select Disk

Step6. After all this settings, you are moving to the following screenshot. You can see that the "Enable Universal Restore" is ticked by default since the program detects the new computer has dissimilar hardware. You can tick the "Align partition to optimize for SSD" if the destination is a SSD. Click Start Backup.

Universal Restore

Step7. After the proceed reached 100%, click Finish.