By AOMEI / Last Updated April 3, 2020

Need to clone an old computer to a new one?

As computers become slower and technology improves it’s quite normal to replace your old computer with a newer fast one. What can you do if you want to use the old systems settings, applications, and data on your new computer?

Instead of wasting time installing Windows and the applications and files that you have accumulated on the old system, you can choose to clone the old drive to your new system. This way your newer faster computer contains all of your personal data and programs so you can continue to use your new system without having to waste time setting it up.

Software to clone one PC to another

If you want to transfer one computer to another one there are a number of methods you can use. You can clone the hard drive in the old computer, and then install the cloned drive into your new computer. If you’d prefer to only keep Windows OS and your programs you can use the ‘System Clone’ function to only clone your OS and applications to your new computer.

If you clone the disk, the cloning process will also include all of the hardware information of the original drive. If the new computer has the same hard or at a minimum the same CPU, then you will be able to boot the new system from the cloned drive without any extra steps.

Specialist hard drive cloning software - AOMEI Backupper Professional Edition - allows you to easily clone a computer to another computer if they are both using the same hardware.

However, if your new computer does not have the same hardware, it may cause the cloned drive will not boot. You should then transfer the operating system from one system to another via a different method. AOMEI Backupper provides 'Universal Restore', a feature that allows you to restore the system image of one computer to another computer and ensures that your system works with secure boot. It is very helpful to move old hard drive to a new PC even if the target computer has a different make, model, and hardware configuration to the new one.

How do you clone a computer to a new computer (with the same hardware)?

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

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

Step 2. Open AOMEI Backupper Professional Edition, click the ‘Disk Clone’ option under the Clone tab. To clone only the system, select ‘System Clone’ to continue.

Disk Clone

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

Source Disk

Step 4. Select the destination disk that you connected before and click ‘Next’ to continue.

Destination Disk

Step 5. Read the warning message carefully and if you are happy to proceed click ‘OK’. To protect your data, I recommend you backup your files to an external HDD before continuing.


Step 6. In the ‘Operations Summary’ window, you can preview the cloning process. If you are happy, click ‘Start Clone’ to begin.


Workaround: How do you transfer the operating system from one computer to another that doesn’t have the same hardware?

To transfer the operating system to a new computer with different hardware, you should do the following first:

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

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

Detailed steps to restore the old computer to a new one:

Step 1. Boot the new computer via AOMEI bootable media or the PXE Boot Tool. In the main window of AOMEI Backupper, click on the ‘Restore’ tab.

Step 2. Click ‘Select Image File’ to locate the disk image backup or system image backup you created earlier. Note: the drive letter may have changed under AOMEI PE environment.

Select Image File Winpe

Step 3. Click on ‘Backup image’ in the list and hit ‘Next’ to continue.

Select Backup Image

Note: If you create scheduled backups, such as full, incremental or differential backups, they may appear here.

Step 4. Select whether you want to restore the entire disk or just a part and then click ‘Next’ to continue.

Restore Entire Disk or Partition

Step 5. Select the destination location to restore the image backup and then click ‘Next’.

Select Destination

Step 6. In the operation summary screen, check the ‘Universal Restore’ option and then click ‘Start Restore’.

Universal Restore


No matter whether your new computer has the same or different hardware to the old computer, AOMEI Backupper will be able to help you copy Windows 10, 8, and 7 from one computer to another. For all new users, AOMEI Backupper provides 30-day free trial with all backup and restore functions activated.