How to Transfer Windows 10 to Another Computer | Full Guide🥇

Do you want to move Windows 10 to another PC? This post will elaborate on how to transfer Windows to another computer with the help of the universal restore software - EaseUS Todo Backup.

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Updated on Feb 26, 2024

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Windows 10 is the most popular Windows operating system ever seen, while Windows will end its support on October 14, 2025. However, that does not mean you cannot use Windows 10 anymore. Do you want to use Windows 10 on a different computer without downloading the ISO file and the complex installation process? If so, read this blog from EaseUS to learn how to transfer Windows 10 to another computer easily and quickly.

How Can I Transfer Windows 10 to Another Computer

Hi, my current PC has Windows 10 installed, but it's old, and I want to transfer my Windows 10 from my old PC to my newly bought one, which is faster. How do I transfer my Windows 10 to another computer? From Microsoft Community

This is a true case of moving Windows 10 to a new computer. Many computer users tend to buy a new computer to enjoy better performance as their old one becomes slower and slower.

However, most of them still want to use the old operating system on the new computer to keep its system, data, and programs precisely the same as the old one. By doing so, they don't have to reinstall Windows, a time-consuming process. But can you move Windows 10 to another computer?

can you move Windows 10 to another computer

The answer is in the affirmative. You can transfer Windows 11/10/8/7 to another computer. You can perform a universal restore or clone Windows 10 to another computer. It is worth noting that cloning Windows to another PC may cause boot issues if your new computer has dissimilar hardware. Therefore, it is recommended to perform a universal restore.

Universal restore can help you transfer your OS to a computer with different hardware without incompatibility issues. You just need to create a Windows 10 system image backup on an external drive and restore the image backup on your new computer. The following part will tell you how to move Windows 10 from one OC to another.

How to Transfer Windows 10 from One PC to Another

As mentioned above, universal restore is the best way to transfer Windows to another computer to help you use the same configuration on your new PC as the old one. To this end, you must find universal restore software to help you because Windows Backup & Restore cannot achieve that. To this end, EaseUS Todo Backup, a famous name in the backup and recovery niche, comes to help.

EaseUS Todo Backup Home is a Windows backup program with powerful universal restore features. It lets you create a scheduled backup and automatically back up files, systems, disks, partitions, computer apps, etc. In addition, it can let you save your backup in various locations, such as local drives, NAS, Security Zone, and Cloud. It can also let you clone a hard drive and image a disk easily and quickly.

EaseUS Todo Backup

EaseUS backup software can meet your different needs, whether you want to perform a backup or a disk clone. Ensure you download it to your computer and use it today. The following is how to move your Windows 11/10/8/7 from one computer to another, which includes 2 parts.

Part 1. Create a system image on an external drive

Step 1. Launch EaseUS Todo Backup on your computer, and click Create Backup on the home screen and then hit the big question mark to select backup contents.

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Step 2. To back up your Windows operating system, click "OS" to begin the backup task.

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Step 3. Your Windows operating system information and all system related files and partitions will be automatically selected so you don't need to do any manual selection at this step. Next, you'll need to choose a location to save the system image backup by clicking the illustrated area.

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Step 4. The backup location can be another local drive on your computer, an external hard drive, network, cloud or NAS. Generally, we recommend you use an external physical drive or cloud to preserve the system backup files. 

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Step 5. Customiztion settings like enabling an automatic backup schedule in daily, weekly, monthly, or upon an event, and making a differential and incremental backup are available in the Options button if you're interested. Click "Backup Now", and the Windows system backup process will begin. The completed backup task will display on the left side in a card style.

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Part 2. Restore the system backup to another computer

* To perform system recovery on a none-bootable machine, try to boot the computer through the EaseUS Todo Backup emergency disk.

Step 1. Launch EaseUS Todo Backup, click "Browse to Recover".

Click Browse to Recover

Step 2. Guide to your backup destination, choose the system backup file you need. (The backup file created by EaseUS Todo Backup is a pbd file.)

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Step 3. Choose the recovery disk. Make sure that the partition style of the source disk and the recovery disk are the same.

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Step 4. You can customize the disk layout according to your needs. Then click "Proceed" to start system backup recovery.

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Bonus Tip: Transfer Windows 10 License to New Computer

After you've done the Windows transfer process, you'll still need a Windows license or activation key to help you activate your Windows. Unlike a Windows product key, a Windows license is generally associated with your PC's hardware and linked to your Microsoft account. When your computer is connected to the Internet, and you log into your Microsoft account, your PC will be activated. The following is how to transfer your Windows 10 license to a new PC.

Step 1. Sign into your account on, and navigate to My Microsoft Account under user account.

Step 2. Click View All Devices to see the devices associated with your account.

Step 3. Scroll down and select the computer you wish to deactivate.

Step 4. Tap Info and Support > Remove this Device > I'm ready to remove this device and click Remove.

Step 5. Search activation in the Windows search bar, select Activation settings and launch it.

Step 6. Click Troubleshoot, and click I changed the hardware on this device recently if it says Windows was unable to activate.

Step 7. Select the new computer you are using, click This is the device I'm using right now and Activate. Wait a moment; you will see the message Windows is activated.

If you want detailed information about transferring a Windows license, you can refer to the following article for help.

transfer windows 11/10 license to another pc

How to Transfer Windows 11/10 License to Another PC

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To Wrap Things Up

This article describes how to transfer Windows 10 to another computer via performing a universal restore. Universal restore can help transfer the Windows operating system to another computer without incompatibility issues. You just need to create a system image on an external device and then restore the system image on another computer.

You'll need a universal restore program to transfer Windows 10 from one PC to another since Windows has no such tool. EaseUS Todo Backup is a complete backup and recovery solution for all computer users. It can help perform a universal restore easily and protect your data well. Just download and try it!

FAQs on Transferring Windows 10 to Another Computer

1. Do I need to rebuy Windows 10 for a new computer?

You do not have to rebuy Windows for a new computer because you can transfer your Windows 10 to another computer by performing a universal restore or cloning your Windows 10 to another computer.

2. Can I install Windows 10 on a hard drive and move it to another computer?

You can install Windows 10 on a hard drive and use it on another computer. For example, you can clone Windows 10 to another computer directly or create a system image on a hard drive and restore the image backup on a new computer.

3. Can I reuse my Windows 10 key on a new computer?

It depends. If you buy the product key separately and it's a retail one, you can reuse the Windows key, as this type of license is transferable. In this circumstance, you can reuse your Windows key on another/new computer.

4. Are all Windows 10 licenses transferable?

It depends. Most Windows 10 licenses can be transferable to another PC, while Windows 10 OEM licenses are linked to the original hardware and generally can't be transferred.

EaseUS Todo Backup

EaseUS Todo Backup is a dependable and professional data backup solution capable of backing up files, folders, drives, APP data and creating a system image. It also makes it easy to clone HDD/SSD, transfer the system to different hardware, and create bootable WinPE bootable disks.

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