By Ailsa / Last update November 18, 2020

Why Need Windows 7 Migration Tool?

As we all known, Windows 7 support has been ended at January 14, 2020, Microsoft recommends you to upgrade to Windows 10 to get more secure and reliable Windows updates to prevent data loss due to virus, cyber attack, malware, etc. Therefore, it’s important to transfer data from Windows 7 to Windows 10 if you are intending to continue to use these files, programs, settings in Windows 7. And Windows 7 migration tool could help you a lot under the circumstance.

In fact, there are several Windows migration tools for Windows 7, let’s have a look.

USMT
Windows Easy Transfer
PCmover Express
Best free Windows 7 migration tool - AOMEI Backupper

User State Migration Tool (USMT)

User state migration tool (USMT) is a free Microsoft command line tool for users to migrate Windows user profile, files (photos, music, video, etc.), Windows settings, programs files, and other files between Windows computers, like Windows 98, NT 4, 2000, XP, Vista, 7, 8, 8.1, and 10. Hence, you could perform USMT Windows 7 to Windows 10 migration with this link.

However, there are some shortcoming that you need to pay attention to:

  • It’s quite complex for ordinary people while using USMT command line to migrate data.

  • You can’t migrate data from 64-bit system to 32-bit system via USMT.

  • You have to download Windows Assessment and Deployment Kit (ADK) before using USMT.

Windows Migration Tool for Windows 7 - Windows Easy Transfer

Although Windows Easy Transfer is a built-in data migration software in Windows XP, Vista, 7 to copy files, programs, settings from old computer to a new one with just a few clicks. It’s discontinued in Windows 10, so you can’t migrate data from Windows 7 to Windows 10 directly.

Fortunately, we found that you could copy the migwiz folder located at C:Windows\System32\ in Windows 7 to Windows 10 any location, then double click the migwiz.exe in that folder, and you could use Windows Easy Transfer in Windows 10 freely. Then migrate data from Windows 7 to Windows 10 using Windows Easy Transfer. We have tested before, it’s worked.

Here is how to migrate Windows 7 to Windows 10 with Windows Easy Transfer:

1. Click Start -> Transfer your files to open Windows Easy Transfer.

2. Choose one of the three options: USB Easy Transfer Cable, A network, An external hard disk or USB flash drive. (Here is An External hard disk or USB flash drive)

Choose Transfer Way

3. Tap This is my old computer.

This is My Old Computer

4. And Windows Easy Transfer will detect all the data that can be transferred.

Choose Data To Transfer From This Computer

▶Tip: you could click Customize -> Advanced to choose what data should be transferred and hit Next.

5. Set the password for these data or leave it blank, and click Save to select a external hard drive to save the file named Windows Easy Transfer - Items from old computers.MIG.

Windows Easy Transfer Password

Then all the selected files and settings will be backed up to the external hard drive.

Now, repeat step 1-4 to restore files to Windows 10, select This is my new computer instead in step 3, click Transfer to start Windows 7 to Windows 10 migration.

Important: The migwiz folder copy from Windows 32-bit system cannot run on a Windows 64-bit computer, or vice versa. And its not apply to every Windows versions.

PCmover Express

Some user may ask if the PCmover Express is available in Windows 7. As a matter of fact, Laplink PCmover Express is a data migration software for Windows XP users to migrate file, settings, and user profiles from Windows XP to Windows 7, 8, 8.1 computer. You can’t use PCmover Express in Windows 7 to migrate data. And PCmover Express could not transfer applications. If you would like to perform PCmover Windows 7 to Windows 10 migration, you have to paid for its other product. Hence, it’s not recommended to use it as Windows 7 migration tool.

Best Free Windows 7 to Windows 10 Migration Tool - AOMEI Backupper

The best free Windows 7 migration tool - AOMEI Backupper Standard offers you an easier and simple Windows 7 to 10 migration guide with just a few clicks. It will migrate user profiles, settings, installed programs, other personal files, etc. and supports Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8, 8.1, 10(all editions, 32-bit and 64-bit).

It provides you two ways to migrate data from Windows 7 to Windows 10:

  • Partition Clone to clone data partition entirely to another hard drive, and installed to the Windows 10 computer.

  • Basic Sync to sync all files you need to sync in Windows 7.

Please download AOMEI Backupper Standard first and have a try.

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Way 1: Clone Data Partition from Windows 7 to Windows 10

Before migrating data partition from Windows 7 to Windows 10 safely, prepare the following things:

  • A destination hard disk, ensure it can hold the data from Windows 7 hard disk.

  • SATA-to-USB cable.

  • Connect the destination hard disk with your Windows 7 computer via SATA-to-USB cable.

Here are the detailed steps to move data partition to Windows 10 with Windows 7 migration tool:

1. Perform AOMEI Backupper Standard after installing, then select Clone -> Partition Clone on the main console.

Partition Clone

2. Choose the data partition in Windows 7 hard disk as source , and hit Next >>.

Select Source Partition

3. Select the destination hard disk to save data from Windows 7, and then press Next >>.

Select Destination Partition

Tip: The Cloning operation will overwrite or delete the destination partition, please backup important files before formatting.

4. Click Start Clone >> to clone Windows 7 data partition to another hard drive.

Start Clone

Tips:
✍ If the external hard disk is an SSD, please check SSD Alignment to optimize for the SSD performance.
✍ You could check Sector by sector clone to clone all the sectors even it’s blank on the source partition and the cost time will be much longer.

5. Take out the destination hard drive from Windows 7, then install it to the Windows 10 computer: connect it to Windows 10 host via power cable and SATA-to-USB cable as second drive. That’s it.

If you migrate Windows 7 to another Windows 7 computer, Disk Clone could be the best way.

Way 2: Sync Files from Windows 7 to Windows 10 via Basic Sync

If you just want to transfer files from Windows 7 to Windows 10, please create a shared folder in Windows 10 computer to save the files from Windows 7. Then try the following steps:

Step 1. Launch AOMEI Backupper Standard, select Sync > Basic Sync subsequently.

Basic Sync

Step 2. Click + Add Folder to choose the folders you want to migrate from Windows 7 to Windows 10. Modify the Task Name if need be.

Add Folders

Step 3. Tap the inverted triangle icon and choose Select a network location, Add Share or NAS Devices, input the Network Path (IP address of Windows 10 computer) and network credentials, click OK, choose the shared folder as the destination.

Select A Destination

Add Network Location

Step 4. Press Start Sync >> to migrate files from Windows 7 to Windows 10 easily.

Start Sync Files from Windows 7 to Windows 10

▶ Tips:
✍ Options allows you to comment on the sync task, enable email notification, etc.
✍ Schedule is capable of setting up the sync task running on regular basis, like Daily, Weekly, Monthly, Event triggers, USB plug in. The last two features are available in AOMEI Backupper Professional or higher, please upgrade to enjoy.

Conclusion

It’s easy to perform Windows 7 to Windows 10 migration using the best free Windows 7 migration tool - AOMEI Backupper Standard.

For advanced users, AOMEI Backupper Professional offers the system clone to migrate Windows operating system from old computer to new one, real time sync to sync all files as soon as possible they change, etc.

For who is running Windows Server 2003, 2008, 2012, 2016, 2019 (including R2), you could try AOMEI Backupper Server to enjoy more advanced features.