By Michael / Last Updated May 19, 2022

Why transfer installed programs to another PC on Windows 10?

How to transfer programs from your old computer to the new computer on Windows 10? I believe many people have ever run into such a headache – there is a large number of important program file data on your old PC and when you replace it with a new PC, you don’t want to lose them or reinstall them but you have no idea how to keep them. In this case, you need to transfer the installed programs from your old computer to the new one on Windows 10

Method 1. Migrate programs in a traditional way

1. Right-click on the program and select “Properties”. Then, select “Shortcut” to check the root directory.

2. Zip all the files and programs and copy them to a USB drive.

3. Plug the USB stick into your new computer and then, copy the migrated programs and files to the disk of the computer.

Method 2. Login Microsoft account for program migration

This is a good method to migrate an individual application but you can only move the programs installed from Microsoft Store.

1. Login your personal Microsoft account on the computer and you can preview all the installed programs in the app library of Microsoft Store.

2. Hit “Windows + I” simultaneously to bring up “Settings”.

3. Click on “App & Features”. In the popup window, the list where there’re all installed programs will appear.

4. Scroll to the program you want to move and click on “Move”. In the dropdown list, select a destination drive and hit “Move” again.


5. After successfully moving the program, it will appear in the USB or the removable disk. If you want to restore the program or move it to other drives, you can repeat the steps above.

6. After the migration is completed, unplug the USB or the removeable disk and plug into the new PC. Copy the migrated program to the drive on the new computer.

1. If the “Move” button is greyed out, it means it’s an unremovable application of Windows 10; if you can only see the “Modify” button, it means it’s a traditional desktop application that you can’t move either.
2. This method has its own limits because it can’t be applied to all software on the computer.

Method 3. Migrate with OneDrive cloud

In this way, you’ll upload the programs and files from your old computer to the OneDrive cloud and download them from the OneDrive cloud by logging in the same OneDrive account on the new Windows 10 computer.

1. Login the OneDrive cloud using the Microsoft account and upload the program’s folder from the disk to the cloud.


2. The uploaded program folder will appear in the cloud.

3. Login the same Microsoft account on the other Windows computer and now, you can locally download the program folder from the cloud. After the download, you’ll find there’s a zip file, and in this case, you need to unzip it to the target drive for installation.

Note: There’s only 5GB free space on OneDrive cloud and it may not be able to contain all your program folders. Meanwhile, when using OneDrive, network condition is a factor to be considered. If network speed is too low, the upload and download can take quite a lot of time.

Method 4. Use AOMEI Partition Assistant (Recommended)

If you want to migrate programs in bulk quickly, I recommend using AOMEI Partition Assistant to migrate installed programs to another Windows 10 PC. With this tool, the situation that migrated apps can’t be used normally due to data missing won’t happen again because the partition assistant’s “App Mover” will move all files including boot files from one drive to another. And you need, you can move folders too! This software can also restore the moved programs back to where they were. The entire process is simple and this is the best way for program migration!

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1. Plug a USB flash drive into your PC. Install and launch AOMEI Partition Assistant. Then, hit “All Tools” and select “App Mover”.

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2. All partitions on the PC will appear in the following window where you’ll see available storage space of each partition and the number of movable apps. Hit “Next”.


3. All apps in the chosen partition will be listed. Tick the apps you want to move, set the USB stick as target location, and hit “Move”.


4. When the migration starts, you’ll be prompted with a warning from the partition assistant that you’ll forcibly close the running applications. Click on “OK” to start the migration.


5. Wait until the progress bar reaches 100%.


6. When it’s completed, unplug the target USB drive or the removable drive and plug it into another Windows 10 computer. Then, use “App Mover” to migrate the programs to the disk on the new computer from the USB or the removable drive so that you don’t need to do extra reinstallation – just launch the program and then, you can use it. Of course, you can also run the program from the removable drive.

Note: After the program migration, if you wish to restore them to where they were, you can proceed to use “App Mover” of Partition Assistant.

In the third step above, hit “Manage/Restore Apps” and all programs you previously migrated will appear. Tick the programs you want to restore and hit “Restore”. After completed, they will go back to the previous drive.

If you want to migrate all data of a certain hard disk to another hard disk, you can also use the “Disk Clone” feature of the partition assistant.


If you’re still worried about how to transfer programs and copy installed software to another computer, you can refer to the 4 methods given in the post. Logging in Microsoft account for app migration is good for users who want to migrate an individual app but not every app can be migrated. Uploading program files to the cloud and downloading again is also good for migration of only a few apps. If you want to quickly transfer apps in bulk, I recommend AOMEI Partition Assistant.

With the partition assistant, you can migrate apps in bulk and easily transfer them into another Windows 10 PC. You don’t need to reinstall them after the migration and you can use them right after you launch them. Meanwhile, this software can not only migrate apps, it can also adjust partitions and convert hard drives. With these features, you can solve the problem of insufficient storage space and easily allocate free space for your disks.