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Why use Windows 10 migration tool?

Windows 10 migration is a process of operating system and data migration. Many users switch HDD to SSD for better performance. Generally speaking, there are two ways to deal with the installed operating system and configured system settings: clean install and system migration.

  • Clean Install Windows 10: You need to download a Windows 10 Media Creation tool and create installation package on a USB drive or a CD. Then, follow a lot of practical operations to complete the installation.

It is an error-prone process, especially for computer green hands. However, if you are interested in that way, you may refer to the tutorial of installing Windows 10 to SSD for detailed steps with screenshots. Besides the complicated progress, all settings, installed applications and user profiles of previous Windows 10 are gone. You need to configure everything from scratch.

  • Use Windows 10 migration tool: It can perfectly overcome the shortcomings of clean install. Within several clicks, you can transfer Windows 10 and its user profile to target disk without reinstalling. Just boot off the target disk, and you’ll see the familiar operating environment.

Does Windows 10 have a migration tool?

When it comes to fee Windows 10 migration tool, Windows Easy Transfer is worth mentioning. It's a great choice to migrate your settings and local user profiles from old PC to new PC, which was first introduced in Windows Vista and later inherited in Windows XP/7/8/8.1.

Since Windows 8, you just need to sign in with the same Microsoft account on different devices, then it will transfer many of your settings. But in Windows 10, it's no longer available and replaced by Laplink. And this software is only applicable to move user profile, files and applications. More over, it's not free now and you need to pay for 30$ at least. 

Thus, if you want not only the Windows 10 profile migration tool, but also Windows 10 OS migration tool, you need to find a more cost-effective migration tool.

Best Windows 10 transfer tool - AOMEI Backupper

For the best Windows 10 migration assistant, there are several aspects you may take into consideration.

  • Supporting a full system migration. That's to say, it should move all system-related drives to target place, because some Windows systems also contain System Reserved Partition, Recovery partition or EFI system partition.

  • Cloning large drive to smaller drive without any obstacle. Considering that SSD is more expensive than HDD in the same capacity but has a better performance, some users may have purchased a smaller SSD which may be even smaller than the system drive for Windows 10 OS. In that case, the importance of intelligent sector clone is self-evident.

  • Moving Windows 10 to a new computer, even with different hardware. By default, transferring Windows 10 from one computer to another is a little tricky, because different computers may have different hardware. So, in this situation, you need a Windows 10 migration tool that can clone hard disks regardless of the dissimilar hardware of each computer.

Does such an Windows 10 OS migration tool really exist? The answer is yes. AOMEI Backupper Professional has the capability of performing Windows 10 migration to SSD as well as migrating Windows 10 to new computer. The two features, System Clone and Dissimilar Hardware Restore, play important roles in this task. Let’s get to know them one by one.

Please download the Windows 10 migration tool - AOMEI Backupper Professional 30-day free trial to have a try. (Clone features in the free-trial version can only be demonstrated, you could upgrade to enjoy)

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How to migrate Windows 10 to SSD in different situations?

Following parts will show you how to transfer Windows 10 in the same computer and to a different computer separately. The two situations will make use of different features in this software.

For the same computer, you don't have hardware and license problem. Thus, both backup & restore (free way to transfer Windows 10 to new hard drive)  and system clone (free-trial) feature can help you, but the clone feature is much easier. With it, you just need a few clicks and then boot off the new SSD after cloning.  And I'll introduce the later one in details. 

For a new computer with different hardware, you'd better use backup and restore feature to ensure all the necessary drivers required to start Windows are installed and be sure your computer is bootable.  That what the “Universal Restore” feature can do for you.

Situation 1: Migrate Windows 10 to SSD in the same computer

To perform Windows 10 migration to SSD on the same computer: 

Step 1. Connect or install the SSD to your computer. Install and launch AOMEI Backupper Professional.

Step 2. Click "Clone" and then "System Clone".

Choose System Clone

Step 3. The required system drive(s) is (are) selected by default. Choose the SSD as the destination disk here. Please back up important files in advance, because all partitions and data on SSD will be wiped finally. 

Select First Partition

Step 4. Preview the Operation Summary. Check "SSD Alignment" option to improve the performance of the destination SSD. Click "Start Clone".

Start Clone

>> Sector by sector clone: it requires the destination disk is equal to or larger than the source drive. Do not check the option if you move Windows 10 to a smaller disk. Besides, sector by sector clone method takes much more time than the default method (clone only used part).

Step 5. When the process reaches 100%, click "Finish" to exit. Shut down your computer. You can either replace HDD with SSD or change boot priority to cloned SSD in BIOS to boot off Windows 10 from SSD.

Situation 2: Migrate Windows 10 to new computer with dissimilar hardware

To migrate Windows 10 to a new computer, the first thing is to create a system image for current Windows 10 with AOMEI Backupper Professional. Then, restore the system image to the new computer to finish OS migration.

Step 1.  Create Windows 10 system image backup

1. In AOMEI Backupper, click “Backup” and then "System Backup". Then it will select the operating system and boot-related partition(s) required to start Windows.  

System Backup

2. In the System Backup window, choose a path to store the image. Finally, click "Start Backup".

Step 2.  Restore Windows 10 image to new computer

Before taking further steps, you need to do some preparations accordingly for this task.

● The new computer is able to start normally: Copy the system image of Windows 10 to the new computer.
● The new computer cannot boot up: Create a bootable USB drive with AOMEI Backupper on the original computer. And then place the Windows 10 system image to a path you can access after you boot the new computer off the bootable USB drive. The place could be NAS, cloud drive, shared folder or external storage.

Now, follow steps below to restore Windows 10 to new computer:

1. Start the new computer and launch AOMEI Backupper. To boot from the USB drive, please change boot order in BIOS. Also, connect the external storage to the new computer if system image is stored there.

2. Click "Restore" and "Select Task" in AOMEI Backupper. It will automatically detect all the backup tasks you’ve created. You can also click on "Select Image File" to navigate to the system image.

Select Task

3. Select the system backup task and click "Next".

Select Backup Image

4. Select "Restore this system backup" to restore your computer. Tick “Restore system to other location” below and click "Next".

Restore System to Other Location

5. Select a partition on your new computer to restore the system image to and click "Next".

Select Location

6. Tick "Universal Restore" if your new computer has different hardware. After that, click "Start Restore" to execute the operation.

Universal Restore

Tips:
>> The destination disk/partition will be overwritten. Be sure to back up crucial data beforehand.
>> Some drivers, such as video/sound card drivers, NIC drivers, display driver etc, are not installed by AOMEI Universal Restore, as they don’t affect system startup and can be installed manually in Windows after the successful restoration.
>> To restore Windows Server to dissimilar hardware computer, please turn to AOMEI Backupper Server.

Summary

Different strategies are provided for different circumstances. To be honest, AOMEI Backupper is a reliable Windows 10 migration tool for both migrating to SSD and new computer. You can use it as Windows 7 migration tool as well.

Except for migration, you still can use it as data protection software to protect your files continuously. You can enable file backup, basic sync, real-time sync, mirror sync, two-way sync and then set scheduled backup, such as, daily/weekly/monthly, etc. Anyway, try it out for yourself!