By Ivy / Last update September 7, 2021

Want to Copy Windows 7 from One Computer to another

Even if Windows 10 has been released for such a long time, many users use Windows 7 still. They are familiar with this operating system and feel it is more convenient at the same time. Sometimes they clone Windows 7 to new hard drive to upgrade old disk. However, they may want to move Windows 7 to another computer to upgrade PC in following situations.

  • Built a new computer from scratch and want to copy existing Windows 7 to the new computer, instead of purchasing a new one.

  • Computer is dying, and it is necessary to copy existing OS to new computer without reinstalling.

  • Computer’s motherboard is failing. In some situations, reinstalling Windows to a new motherboard is copy Windows to a “new computer”.

  • Activate an older version of Windows operating system to Windows 7 from a different computer.

  • Installed Windows 7 on a virtual machine and want to reinstall it to a different virtual machine on another computer.

Surely, there should be other situations when a user would like to transfer operating system from one computer to another. But it is more important to start working on how to complete the task.

About the License Key You Need to Know

Transferring Windows 7 to a new computer is not as simple as copy to a new hard disk. There is an important thing needs your attention, the License Key. After migrating to new computer, the operating system needs to be activated with a license key. But not all keys are transferable. You may need to have a brief understanding before start.

In general, there are three types of Windows activate license versions, OEM Version, Retail Version and Full Version. Although they have same effect in using, they are a little different from each other.

  • OEM Version: This is the version you got when you purchase a brand computer. It ties to the very first computer where it installs and activates. Unfortunately, it is not transferable, even to a new motherboard.

  • Retail Version: This is the version you purchase from Amazon or similar platforms. It has to be activated online via Microsoft (MS) servers using the key on the box and is transferable.

  • Full Version: This is the version you got from Microsoft directly. It can be transferred to other computers.

Please note that, according to Microsoft’s rule, one license can only be installed on one computer at a time, regardless of the license type. Now, after a brief understanding of the Windows license type, let’s learn how to safely perform the task in real case.

How to Copy Windows 7 from One Computer to another easily?

To achieve the task with ease, it is unavoidable to turn to a powerful tool, AOMEI Backupper Professional. This software will help you create an image for Windows 7 (32bit & 64bit) and a bootable device at the same time. Then, you can do the restoring on the new computer.

The most outstanding feature of this software is that it is able to restore system image of one computer to another computer even when it has dissimilar hardware. Generally, you are likely to get hard drive not initialized if you connect an external drive to a new computer, let alone a disk with operating system installed. Luckily, the AOMEI Backupper software takes care of that part.

In total, there are three parts you need to follow to move Windows 7 to new computer without reinstall. Let’s get to know them one by one. Install and launch the software first.

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Part 1. Create System Image for Windows 7

1. In AOMEI Backupper click “Backup” and then “System Backup”.

System Backup

2. Edit the task name if you want to. The system related drive is selected by default. Now choose a destination path. It is suggested to store image to external drives or the network share where the new computer could access.

Start Backup

3. Click “Start Backup” and waiting for it to complete.


  • To move the entire hard drive to a new computer, please select “Disk Backup”.

  • To ensure security, you can password encrypt the backup image by clicking “Options”.

Part 2. Create a Bootable Device for New Computer

You need to create bootable media to boot the new computer so that you can restore the system image. Connect a USB flash drive or CD/DVD to the Windows 7. 16 GB in size is recommended.

1. Open AOMEI Backupper, click “Tools” and then “Create Bootable Media”.

Create Bootable Media

2. Select a bootable disc type. The “Windows PE” option is recommended for Windows 7 and higher. Click “Next”.

3. Choose a WinPE boot mode for the media, legacy for MBR disk and UEFI for GPT disk. Or, you can download a Windows environment from the Internet. Click Next.

Choose Boot Mode

4. Specify the storage media, USB flash drive, CD/DVD disc or ISO image file. Click “Next” after and it will start creating immediately. Waiting for it to complete and disconnect the storage after.

Choose Storage Media


  • You can click “Add Drivers” to add specific drivers to the new computer.

  • The selected storage will be formatted.

Part 3. Restore Windows 7 Image to New Computer

Important: the selected partition (or disk) will be overwritten after this behavior. Back up important data if necessary.

1. Connect the bootable device to the new computer and power on. Press F8 key (Del or F2) to enter into BIOS. Change boot priority to the bootable device. Press F10 to save the change and exit.

2. Once login, you’ll see a loaded AOMEI Backupper Professional. Click “Restore” and "Select Image File" to find the backup image.

Select Image File Winpe

3. Select "Restore this system backup" and "Restore to other location", then click Next. If you have backed up the system more than once, you can select a backup point

Restore Entire Backup

4. Select a space to restore the system image.

Select Destination

5. Confirm the operation. Make sure the option “Universal Restore” in the lower left corner is checked. Click “Start Restore”.

Copy Windows 7 from One Computer to Another Computer

To restore Windows 7 to SSD on new computer, please check “SSD Alignment” to improve its performance.

6. Wait for the process to complete. Then, shut down the computer, disconnect the bootable media and boot from the new PC.

Things to Pay Attention to After Restoration

Please note that some drivers, such as video/sound card drivers, NIC drivers, display driver etc, are not installed by AOMEI Universal Restore, but they don’t affect system startup and can be installed manually in Windows after the successful restore.

In addition, you may need to reactivate the Windows version with the license key on the new computer. Then, enjoy the Windows 7 with new experience.

Final Words

When you want to move Windows 7 to new computer without reinstall, it is suggested to try this method. AOMEI Backupper Professional, aiming at make user’s computer life easier, will help you copy Windows 7 from one computer to another in simple and easy-to-follow steps.

Excerpt for restoring to dissimilar hardware, it also supports clone Windows 7 to multiple computers, clone HDD to SSD, etc. Keep it installed on your computer will make all your data protected with regular backups or 3-2-1 backup strategy.