AOMEI Backuppper System Restore

Posted by @AOMEI

June 2, 2017

The backed up image file of the operating system can be used to restore system to a right configuration when the system crashes or can not boot. It can avoid system reinstallation.

Why Need AOMEI Backupper System Restore?

If your system has crashed or cannot boot, restoring your system from a system backup is a better solution rather than reinstalling the OS.

  • Reinstall system will wipe out all the applications, data as well as personal settings while system recovery by Backupper decreases these loss. If you happen to make a system backup near before this accident, you can restore back nearly all your items and make it similar to the situation where your operating system just broke down by restoring from the latest system image file.

  • OS reinstallation costs much more time than system restore.

  • System reinstallation is more complex than system recovery. The former requires you to do some choices and operations during the process while the latter frees you for other things; you do not need to sit in front of the machine while it is recovering.

How to Restore OS with the Help of AOMEI Backupper?

Before restoration, there are some things you need to know.

  • AOMEI Backupper system restore is based on AOMEI Backupper system backup. That is to say, you should already have at least one system image made before and made by AOMEI Backupper, whatever the source system is, the current crashed one or system on another computer. Even if you have several Windows backup points, it can’t work. AOMEI Backupper does not recognize OS image made by other software or functions.

  • If you haven’t created a system backup with AOMEI Backupper, you can create one now based on another system working properly. However, after restoration, the system of the recovered computer will be the same as the system you backed up now, not the crashed system. You can choose this way if you do not mind. And, copy the image into a portable device, such as USB, and insert the USB into the failed machine.

  • In most cases, users need to do system restore for their current operating system has already crashed and cannot boot up. Thus, in such situation, users should first create a WinPE bootable media using AOMEI Backupper or AOMEI PE Builder in another healthy computer of their family or friend. Then, insert the bootable media into the broken down computer and boot from it by change the boot sequence in BIOS. When it successfully boots up, AOMEI Backupper (already packed into the bootable device) will pop up automatically and you can start system recovery here. We strongly recommended users to create a WinPE bootable media once you start to use AOMEI products and before accidents happen. Therefore, once system can’t boot up, it can be put into use immediately.

To restore system:

1. In the left tab page, select Restore and then tick to only show system backup; all your system backups will be listed. Select one and click Next to continue.

System Restore
2. Select a latest point-in-time of your system backup and click the Next button, to recover your system to this state.
    Select Time Point

    3. You must specify the destination system drive where you want to recover to if the size or location of the original system drive has changed. If they have not changed, the program will automatically select the current system partition (usually C drive) as destination and directly skip this page to enter into the next page.

    System Restore Destination

    Tip: You will also come to this step if you tick “Restore system to other location” in step2.

    4. In the "Operation Summary" page, preview the operation that will be executed. If you want to adjust the partition size, in the left bottom click "Edit the size of partition". Generally it is not necessary to tick any other option, but you could also restore using "Sector by sector mode", or if restoring to SSD, use the option "Align partition to optimize for SSD".

    Operation Summary


    • If you tick “Restore system to other location” in step2, go pass step3 and come to this step, you can adjust the partition size by clicking "Edit the size of partition".

    • If your system image is come from other computer or if you choose to restore system to other location in step2, you should tick “Enable Universal Restore” (paid function) to ensure system bootable after recovery.

    System Restore Summary

    5. Click Start Restore. Wait for the process to complete, and then click Finish.
    Start Restore

For further detail with screenshots, see: How to Do System Restore.

  • If you regularly back up your system, each backup will generate an image at a given time, so there may be multiple time points to choose from.
  • The destination disk / partition will be totally overwritten. If the destination contains any essential data, it should first be copied to another location.
  • During a system restore, the program will prompt you to restart the computer, and then enters "Restart Mode" for the restore operation.

  • If your system is in “EFI partition + system partition + recovery partition”, after AOMEI Backupper system restore, there may exist more than one EFI partitions. Upon this, if it can’t boot up, you can try to delete the extra EFI partitions and only keep one. Then, it will boot up normally.