How to Clone Old Computer to a New One in Windows 10/8/7?

July 3, 2019

How to clone old computer to a new one without reinstalling Windows 10/8.1/8/7 and everything else, even if the target computer has different hardware with the old computer.

Need to clone old computer to a new one?

It’s common to use a new computer to replace the old one. But if you are used to the old system, settings, applications, and everything on the old computer, what will you do then?

Instead of spending time installing Windows operating systems and applications, and copying files, moving hard drive to a new computer would be a smart move. Doing so, the new computer keeps everything the same as the old one, including the operating system, installed applications, and personal data.

Software to clone one computer to another computer

To transfer one computer to another, you can clone hard drive of the old computer to another hard drive, and then install the cloned drive to your new computer. If you only want to keep the old Windows and programs, you can use System Clone to clone only OS to your new computer.

Cloning the disk will include all the hardware information of the original into the clone. That is the way of cloning. If the new computer has the same hardware with the old one, at least the same CPU, then the new computer can boot from the cloned disk. Hard drive cloning software - AOMEI Backupper Professional allows you to easily clone one computer to another computer with the same hardware.

However, if the new computer has dissimilar hardware, you can transfer operating system from one computer to another in another way. AOMEI Backupper provides Universal Restore which allows you to restore system image of one computer to another computer successfully and ensures secure boot, even if the target computer has a different make, model, and hardware configuration.

How to clone computer to another computer with the same hardware?

AOMEI Backupper supports Windows 10, Windows 8.1/8, Windows 7 and the corresponding version of Windows Server. For Windows 7/8/10, you need to download AOMEI Backupper Professional. For Server 2008/2012/2016 and related R2 version, you need to use AOMEI Backupper Server.

Step 1. Connect the new hard drive to your computer and make sure it can be detected.

Step 2. Open AOMEI Backupper Professional, click Disk Clone under the Clone tab. To clone only system, click System Clone to move on.

Disk Clone

Step 3. Select the source disk on the old computer and click Next.

Source Disk

Step 4. Select the destination disk connected before and click Next.

Destination Disk

Step 5. Click OK at the warning message. To ensure data security, you’d better create a file backup in advance.


Step 6. In the “Operating Summary” window, Preview the information of both disk and click Start Clone.


Workaround: How to transfer operating system from one computer to another with dissimilar hardware?

To transfer operating system to another computer with dissimilar hardware, you need to do the following things first.

  • Create a disk image or system image with AOMEI Backupper Professional and the backup image must be saved where the new computer can access. AOMEI Backupper supports backing up to NAS, HDD, SSD, and other storage devices.

  • Start up new computer(s) via a bootable CD or USB created by AOMEI Backupper or PXE Boot Tool, which allows you to boot multiple client computers within LAN simultaneously.

Detailed steps to restore old computer to a new one

Step 1. Boot the target computer via AOMEI bootable media or PXE. It will show the main interface of AOMEI Backupper. Click “Restore” tab.

Step 2. Click “Select Image File” to locate the disk image backup or system image backup you created. Note that the drive letter may change under AOMEI PE environment.

Select Image File Winpe

Step 3.ClickBackup imagein the list and hit "Next" to continue.

Select Backup Image

Note: If you create scheduled backup, like full/incremental/differential backups, you can see many backup image here.

Step 4. Select to restore the entire disk or a part, then click "Next".

Restore Entire Disk or Partition

Step 5. Select a destination location to restore image backup to and click "Next".

Select Destination

Step 6. In the Operation Summary screen, check the option "Universal Restore", and then click "Start Restore".

Universal Restore

To sum up, no matter whether your new computer has the same hardware or dissimilar hardware with the old computer, AOMEI Backupper will tell you how to copy Windows 7/8/10 from one computer to another with related solution. For new users, it provides 30-day free trial with all backup and restore functions.