How to Restore System Image to Another Different Computer?

Posted by @AOMEI

January 27, 2015

Restoring Windows 8.1/8/7/Vista/XP system backup image to another computer with dissimilar hardware can be perfectly solved by a professional backup and restore software - AOMEI Backupper. Read this article and make it out how AOMEI Backupper works on this issue.

"Restore system image to another computer" can be realized easily

As is often the case that your computer needs to be replaced after several years, however, you don’t want to bother yourself into endless system installation, program installation and some related data migration. General backup software can help you create a system image backup, but can not grantee the booting on another computer with different hardware. If there is anyway to solve this problem, it would be great.

Luckily, AOMEI Backupper puts forward a solution to address this problem, which is called Universal Restore, and is different from system image restore on the same computer. Universal Restore can ensure the other computers are available to be bootable after restoration. AOMEI Backupper Professional is all-in-one data protection and disaster recovery solutions for PCs and Laptops. It is specially designed for home and commercial use at lowest cost, however, it is endowed with plentiful practical features, such as system/disk/partition backup, restore, clone, PXE boot tool, create bootable media, etc. This software can be applied to Windows 10, Windows 8.1, Windows 8, Windows 7, Vista, and XP, both 32 bit and 64 bit versions. The following are concrete steps.

  • Create a system image

To restore system image to another computer, you must take a system backup. If not, please follow the steps below to create one.

Step 1: Launch AOMEI Backupper, click "System Backup" in the Backup column.

System Backup

Step 2: In order to distinguish this backup form others, edit the task name in the blank. AOMEI Backupper will automatically choose the system partition as the source. You only need to select a location as the destination path. It is recomended to backup to share network/NAS. Then, start the backup.

Backup Settings

Step 3: Just wait for the success now. The whole progress will take a few minutes. At last click Finish.

Backup Progress
  • Restore system image to another computer

There are two ways available for you to restore system image to another computer, one is creating a bootable media to restore system image, the other is system restore through PXE network booting, which will save physical media (USB or CD) and is ideal for restoring system image to multiple computers. No matter which way you choose, the restoration process is same.

Step 1: After another computer enter into AOMEI Windows PE, you will find AOMEI Backupper there. Click "Restore" tab. You need to find the system backup image you have already created by browsing a path from the file.

Find System Image

Step 2: AOMEI Backupper will pop out a prompt, saying that "would you like to do a system restore?" Click Yes to continue.

Confirm Exection

Step 3: Now select a backup time point to do the restore.

Tips: if another computer already contains a system that you want to reserve, you can restore this system image to another place. Tick "Restore system to other location" and follow the guidance.

Select Backup Point

Step 4: Finally comes the operation summary. Before you click the Start Backup button, make sure everything goes as you have expected by scanning this summary. And don’t forget to tick the Universal Restore option – this is very important. AOMEI Backupper will prompt you to restart the computer. Then, the operations will be completed under the Restart mode.

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