How to Clone Windows 10/8/7 to Another Computer

Tracy King updated on Sep 08, 2020 to Backup Utility | How-to Articles

Why Need to Clone Windows 10 to a New Computer

"I have a new laptop to replace my old computer as it becomes slower and slower after running for a few years. The problem I'm facing now is that how can I keep the Windows 10, programs, and files the same as the old PC. I don't want to reinstall Windows and applications. Is there a quick and easy way to do that?"

Many users have the same confusion as to the one above. Planning to switch to a new computer, but don't know how to migrate the Windows and data on the old PC. Instead of wasting time re-installing system, applications, and files, you can use the methods here to finishing cloning your PC efficiently.

Suppose you only need to clone Windows 10 and applications to the new computer, you can go to part 1 and use powerful backup software to transfer system. If you still want to copy files from the old computer to the new one, you can't miss the one-click PC data transfer tool in part 2. It enables you to transfer large data between two computers wirelessly.  

Part 1. How to Clone Windows 10 to Another Computer

Whenever we discuss cloning Windows 10 from one computer to another, compatibility and start-up issues are our top concerns. Since most hardware requires the appropriate drivers to run, you cannot simply move the system to a new computer with a different hardware configuration, and hope that the system can run normally.

To avoid these worries and clone the Windows system without removing and installing disk, we highly recommend you try the "System Transfer" function provided by EaseUS Todo Backup. This tool can help you to clone Windows 10 from the old computer to the new one with a bootable disk. And it ensures a successful system boot-up from cloned hard drive on the new computer.  Now, prepare a proper WinPE emergency disk/USB, and let's begin to clone a PC by creating a Windows 10 system backup.

Step 1. Create an emergency disk to USB

To save your time and energy, we'd like to suggest you create an emergency disk to a USB or external hard drive rather than redownloading and reinstalling EaseUS Todo Backup on your new computer.

1. Connect an empty USB flash drive or external hard drive with over than 100GB space to your PC.

2. Run EaseUS Todo Backup and click "Tools" > "Create Emergency Disk".

Note: The device on which the boot drive is created must be an MBR disk, and the first partition on it must be FAT32. 

Create emergency disk for transfer OS to new computer.

3. Choose USB as the disk location to create the emergency disk which will help you boot computer when it fails to boot or transfer system to new PC.

4. Click "Create".

Start creating emergency disk for system transfer.

Step 2. Create System backup for transferring OS to a new computer

1. Click "System Backup" on the left pane.

2. Choose the Windows OS and specify the USB flash drive which contains the emergency disk to save system image.

If you are worried about the data loss issue by saving the system image to the emergency disk drive, you may also save system backup to another empty disk.

Create system image for transferring system to new computer.

3. Click "Proceed" to start creating a system backup image to the target device.

Step 3. Boot the computer from EaseUS Todo Backup emergency disk

1. Connect the USB flash drive or external hard drive with the emergency disk and system backup image to the new computer.

2. Restart PC and press "F2/F8" to boot into BIOS. 

3. Change boot drive and set the computer to boot from the EaseUS Todo Backup emergency disk. If you want to restore the system image to a GPT disk, you need to change the boot mode to EFI in BIOS. Then you'll enter EaseUS Todo Backup main interface.

Step 4. Transfer system to the new computer

  • Note: When restoring the system image to the new computer with “System Transfer”, the operation will erase the data on the target disk. You need to back up the files in advance or use an empty disk to restore to avoid data loss.

1. On EaseUS Todo Backup main interface, click "System Transfer". 

Start transferring system to new computer.

2. Select the system image on your drive and click "OK" to continue.

Choose system image to transfer.

3. Specify the disk to save system image and tick "System Transfer" in Advanced options, click "OK" to save changes. Then click "Proceed" to start transferring the system to a new computer.

Start transferring system to the new computer.

Step 5. Restart PC with transferred system

1. Change the boot sequence in BIOS to set computer boot up from the drive with the transferred system.

2. Save all changes and restart your computer.

3. Update all drive drivers and programs to ensure all things will work just fine on the new computer.

When the system transfer accomplishes, Windows 10/Windows 7 and most applications will work on your computer. In case you have some software installed on other partitions rather than the C drive, you can copy them to the new computer by yourself for regular use.

Except for system transfer, EaseUS Todo Backup also provides you the system clone feature to resolve many complex migration problems, especially when your need to upgrade hard disk from an old to a new one, from a smaller to a larger one, or from HDD to SSD. Take a look and get more practical tutorials.

Part 2. How to Transfer Files from One Computer to Another

EaseUS offers you a complete computer migration solution. After you have transferred the operating system from the old computer to the new one with EaseUS Todo Backup, you can continue to copy files with the great PC data transfer software - EaseUS Todo PCTrans.

Copying large numbers of files and programs manually is very time-consuming, or you simply do not have a large enough external drive to complete the data migration. Don't be bothered by these problems. Use this easy PC transfer tool to quickly and safely migrate all the files, folders, and programs.

Step 1. Launch EaseUS Todo PCTrans on your source and target computers, connect both PCs via the internet.

1. At the "PC to PC" section, click "PC to PC" to continue. 

select pc to pc

2. Select your target computer via its device name, then enter its account password or verification code and select the transfer direction. Then click "Connect" to continue.

You can check the verification code on the right top of "PC to PC" mainscreen on the target computer.

connect the two pcs

Step 2. Select the categories Applications, Files, and Accounts to transfer via the internet.

If you want to transfer data selectively, click "Edit" under each category, and choose the specific items.

select applications, files or accounts

Step 3. Click "Transfer" to start transferring your apps/files/accounts from one computer to another computer via the Internet.

transfer applications, files or accounts via internet

Bottom Line

EaseUS Todo Backup assists you to easily replace your old computer without worrying about the system transfer problem. This Windows schedule backup software also can back up your new computer regularly and automatically with the disk/partition backup function. Being efficient and convenient, it is your best bet.

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Why choose EaseUS Todo Backup?

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What is the difference between Clone and Backup? In what cases should I use Clone?

Clone will copy one disk to another or one partition to another (unallocated space is also supported). Usually, this option is used to upgrade the current disk by creating an identical copy. Backup will generate a .PBD image file containing the selected files or system that can be restored from the .PBD image if needed.

What is the difference between System Backup and Disk Backup?

System Backup will auto-select the system boot related partition(s) as the backup source to make sure the system image can be restored properly. Disk/Partition Backup will allow you to manually select a whole disk or speficy a certain partition as the backup source. You will get the same backup result as System Backup if you manually select the system and boot partitions with the Disk/Partition Backup option.

As a computer newbie, what features should I use to protect my computer?

You can use System Backup to back up the system and boot partitions, use Disk/Partition backup to back up the data partition and add plans to run an automatic backup. If you use the computer frequently or have software that may cause boot failure of the computer, we would suggest you back up the computer every 1 to 2 days. For other situations, you can backup the computer once a week. In addition, you can schedule File Backup to back up the files which are changed frequently.

What kind of storage service should I use to save my backup images?

EaseUS Todo Backup can save backup images to internal disks, external disks, network drives, or free cloud(Google Drive, Dropbox, and OneDrive) and CD/DVD. It is suggested to save the images to the internal/external/network drives to save time as those kinds of disks have a better read-write speed. It is suggested NOT to save the image on the source disk, because once the disk is damaged, all the files on the disk will become unavailable and you will be unable to restore the image.

As a company network administrator, what features should I use to protect our internal computers?

It is recommended that you use the SQL Backup feature to back up your company's SQL server and Exchange Backup feature to back up the Exchange server. In addition, you can execute System Backup to back up the system and boot partitions on every computer and set a plan to execute the backup once a day or twice a week to ensure that the computer can be restored timely when it has boot issues. File Backup feature can be used to back up important user data. If there are a large quantity of computers, you can purchase EaseUS Backup Center to manage the backups on the client computers centrally.

About EaseUS Todo Backup

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