By Ivy / Last update December 13, 2021

About Lenovo System Migration Assistant

ThinkVantage System Migration Assistant (SMA), a free system manageability program, runs on your Lenovo notebook and desktop computers. As part of the ThinkVantage Technology family of solutions, SMA enables users to transfer their work environment from one computer to another.

Simply put, SMA can be used to migrate the following: user profiles, system, network settings, email and other data. It features a silent mode that allows IT personnel to automate the migration process to a large number of systems. Besides, SMA has a user-friendly interface that makes it easy to operate.

How to use System Migration Assistant in Lenovo?

When referring to Lenovo System Migration Assistant, many users are not sure how to operate it correctly. The following is a quick overview of how it works. You can use this guide to transfer OS from one computer to another.

Step 1. Log on to the source computer. Go StartProgramsThinkVantageSystem Migration Assistant.

Step 2. Click Next to open Which computer are you using? window.

Open SMA

Step 3. Select Source computer and then click Next.

Source Computer

Step 4. Select the migration type (Typical or Custom). Then click Next.

Migration Type

Step 5. Log on to the target computer. Go StartProgramsThinkVantageSystem Migration Assistant.

Step 6. Click Next to open Which computer are you using? window.

Step 7. Select Target computer and Yes. Then click Next.

Target Computer

Step 8. Select Typical and PC to PC. Then click Next.

Migration Type Target

Step 9. Then Establish connection dialog opens. Type a keyword (No more than 40 characters. Do not include the path or any special characters.) in the Keyword field to start the PC to PC connection. Then click OK.

Step 10. Click Next on the source computer to install SMA. Then enter keyword dialog opens.

Enter Keyword

Step 11. Type the same keyword that you entered on the target computer. Then click OK.

Step 12. Click OK when the connection is established.

Step 13. Select the settings and files that you want to migrate. The Establishing connection dialog opens after selecting data. Then click OK.

Establishing Connection

Step 14. Click OK on the target computer. Then Copy Progress window opens.

Copy Progress

Step 15. After the migration file is applied. The Migration Successful window opens on both the source computer and the target computer. Then click Finish on both computers.


Tips: You can click Next in Step 15 to view the summary or report file.

Now, you have learned how to use Lenovo System Migration Assistant in Windows 7. But it is true that the operation process is too complicated. You must be careful when using SMA as serious problems might occur if you make a mistake in the process.

However, Lenovo System Migration Assistant doesn’t always works fine. Some users complain that it is always stuck at 79% with error E0210. When you come across this problem, you might as well try other alternatives.

The best Lenovo Migration Assistant alternative

AOMEI Backupper Professional is a reliable data migration utility that comes with many practical features like system clone, disk clone, and partition clone, etc. Unlike Lenovo System Migration Assistant, this utility is easy to use even for a beginner.

The related system files and partitions will be selected by default when you use the system clone feature. This means you no longer need to select them manually as in SMA. By using this cloning program, you can clone OS to SSD in Lenovo, clone Windows 7 to multiple computers, and so on.

Give this alternative a try! It supports Windows 10/8.1/8/7/XP/Vista currently. Then follow the steps below.

How to migrate OS to another place step by step?

Tips: Connect the external storage device to your Windows computer if you plan to clone Windows to external hard drive. Don’t forget to do a disk backup before you start because all data on the new drive will be overwritten after cloning.

Step 1. Install and open this cloning utility. Click Clone and System Clone subsequently.

System Clone

Step 2. The related system partitions are selected by default. Select a target partition (G:) as the new location for Windows. Then click Next.

New Location

Step 3. Confirm your operations and then click Start Clone.

Start Clone

Step 4. After cloning, you can change the boot order in BIOS or replace old hard drive to boot from the cloned drive. The second method is recommended.


  • The original operating system will not be erased. You can use it as a backup.

  • Sector by sector clone will clone all sectors no matter it is used or not. You can click it in Step 3 to recover formatted and deleted data on the source drive. Make sure that the destination drive must be equal to or larger than the system.

  • SSD Alignment in Step 3 can be used to improve the performance of SSD. When you migrating operating system to SSD, it’s highly recommended to choose this option.

Final words

This tutorial shows you the detailed steps to operate Lenovo System Migration Assistant. However, copying OS with AOMEI Backupper Professional will be easier. By the way, this cloning software will clone only used part of the operating system by default. Thus, users are also allowed to clone Windows 10 to smaller SSD.