How can Windows 10 Transfer to New PC?

Can you migrate Windows 10 to other computers? What should you do before Windows 10 transfer to new PC? And how to do it? If you have no idea about these questions, read this article to get inspired.


By Hedy / Updated on May 12, 2023

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Can I transfer Windows 10 to a new PC?

"I have to get a new computer since my old laptop is unusable, my hard drives still functioned and I want to keep the small HDD that hold my OS. Is there anyway to let Windows 10 transfer to new PC? Thanks in advance."


Can I transfer Windows 10 to a new PC? It's available in theory and in practice. Please read this article to learn more about how to transfer to new PC Windows 10 and boot from it successfully.

What need to prepare before Windows 10 transfer to new PC?

If you want to change your computer when you reassemble a desktop or your old device is unusable, you can transfer Windows 10 to new PC, but there are some caveats you need to pay more attention to:

1. Your old computer hardware and new hardware should have the same brand, especially for the motherboard and CPU.

If you want to move the OS without reinstalling, it's best to use the same brand of hardware for the two computers, otherwise, you may encounter some issues after migration such as hardware incompatibility and boot failure.

2. Know the requirements of hardware parameters.

The target computer should at least meet the following requirements so that you can clean install the system even if the migration fails.

● 1GHz or faster processor

● 1GB RAM (32bit), 2GB RAM (64bit)

● At least 20GB of free hard disk space

● 800 x 600 screen resolution or higher

● DirectX® 9 graphics processor with WDDM driver

3. Prepare the target disk with enough capacity.

To make Windows 10 transfer to new PC successfully, the capacity of the target hard drive needs to be larger than the Windows 10 system. If possible, the larger the hard drive is, the better. Besides, if you want to speed up Windows 10, migrating the system to SSD is a good option. Click here to know about installing Windows 10 on SSD.

4. Choose a professional OS migration tool.

If you want to transfer to new PC Windows 10, the easiest way is to use system migration software. Here we recommend AOMEI Partition Assistant Professional which supports OS migration, disk cloning and partition cloning, and its operation is very easy. Before transferring Windows 10, it's still suggested to back up your important files in advance to avoid data loss due to any failure in the process of migration.

How to transfer to new PC Windows 10?

After all the preparations are well done, it’s time to follow the below steps to transfer Windows 10 to new PC.

Part 1. Transfer Windows 10 via AOMEI Partition Assistant

AOMEI Partition Assistant Professional is reputable disk cloning software for Windows 11/10/8/7/XP/Vista systems. It can help you clone larger hard drive to smaller one, clone internal hard drive to external one, and even if your computer can't boot normally, this powerful utility will let you clone hard drive with bootable USB effortlessly. Besides, there is "hot clone" feature that enables you to migrate OS without reinstalling or rebooting the system. Here is a demo version, download it to have a free trial.

Download Pro DemoWin 11/10/8.1/8/7/XP
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Step 1. Take out the system disk from the new PC, connect it to your original computer and ensure it can be detected. Install and launch AOMEI Partition Assistant Professional. Then, click "Migrate OS".

Tip: If what you want to move to a new PC includes not only the Windows system but also programs, files, and folders, you can click "Clone Disk" in this step. This feature will copy everything from one drive to another.


Step 2. Choose an unallocated space on your target disk as the target location. If there is no unallocated space, you can check "I want to delete all partitions on the disk 2 to migrate system to the disk" and then click "Next".


Step 3. In this window, you could resize partition and modify other information (including location, and drive letter) of the partition on new disk, of course, you can also keep default settings.


Step 4. A note about how to boot OS from SSD or HDD will show up, keep it in mind and click "Finish" to continue.


Step 5. You'll be back to the main interface, click "Apply" > "Proceed" and the OS migration will begin.


Part 2. Activate the system after migration

After Windows 10 transfer to new PC and is booted from the destination disk, it may be detected the system is already in a different computer, which causes the system to become inactive. If your Windows 10 license is retail, you can uninstall the product key from the original PC and reactivate it on the new PC. The steps are as follows:

Step 1. Search cmd in the start menu and select Run as administrator

Step 2. Typ the following command to uninstall the product key from Windows and registry.

slmgr /upk

slmgr. vbs /cpky


Step 3. Navigate to Start > Settings > Update & Security > Activation. Scroll down to Change product key and enter Windows 10 license key you previously uninstall to activate Windows 10. 



Can I transfer Windows 10 to a new PC? How to transfer to new PC Windows 10? This article has explained in detail. With the help of AOMEI Partition Assistant Professional, you can easily make Windows 10 transfer to new PC. Besides, there are several points you need to keep an eye on, such as hardware requirements, or Windows license keys.

Hedy · Staff Editor
Hedy is an editor of AOMEI Technology. She is very good at solving problems of partition management, and she wants to share all the problems she had already solved to users who met the same questions.