AOMEI Backuppper System Restore

Posted by @AOMEI

May 18, 2018

The system backup image can be used to restore system to a correct configuration when computer crashes. It can avoid system reinstallation.

Why Need AOMEI Backupper System Restore?

If your system crashes, restoring system from a system backup is a better solution rather than reinstalling the OS.

  • Reinstalling system will wipe out all applications, data as well as personal settings while system recovery by Backupper decreases these loss. If you happen to make a system backup just before the accident, you can restore all data from the latest system image file.

  • OS reinstallation costs much more time than a 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 up to do 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 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 won't work. AOMEI Backupper does not recognize OS image made by Windows or other softwares.

  • If you haven't created a system backup with AOMEI Backupper, you can create one based on another working system. However, after restoration, the system of the recovered computer will be the same as the system you just backed up, not the crashed one. You can choose this way if you don't mind.

  • In most cases, users need to do system restore of their current failed operating system. Thus, in such situation, users should first create a WinPE bootable media using AOMEI Backupper or AOMEI PE Builder on another healthy computer. 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 recommend users to create a WinPE bootable media once you start to use AOMEI products before the accident happens. Therefore, once system can't boot up, the bootable media can be put into use immediately.

To do restore system:

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

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2. Select a latest backup point of your system backups and click the Next button to recover your system to this state.

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3. You need to specify the destination drive if the size or location of the original system drive has changed. If they haven't changed, the program will automatically select the current system partition (usually C drive) as destination and directly skip this page.

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    Tip: You will also come to this step if you tick "Restore system to other location" in Step 2.

    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 partitions on destination disk". If you restore to SSD, tick the option "Align partition to optimize for SSD".

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    Tip:

    • If your system image is from another computer, you should tick "Enable Universal Restore" (paid function) to ensure the system is bootable after recovery.

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    5. Click Start Restore. Wait for the process to complete, and then click Finish.
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For further details with screenshots, see: How to Do System Restore.

Tips:
  • If you regularly backup your system, each backup will generate an image at a given time, so there may be multiple backup 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 enter into "Restart Mode" for the restore operation.

  • If your system is in "EFI partition + system partition + recovery partition" layout, there may be more than one EFI partitions after restore. In this situation the restored system may not be bootable, you could try to delete the extra EFI partitions and only keep one. Then, it will boot up normally.