How to Backup and Restore Windows 8/8.1 to Dissimilar Hardware Easily?

Posted by @AOMEI

March 25, 2015

Learn how to back up your Windows 8.1 or 8 and restore the backup image to a computer with dissimilar hardware with free AOMEI Backupper.

How to Backup Windows 8/8.1?

It is well acknowledged that system is the core part of computer, but system may be easily attacked by hardware failure, virus, or human error, which may cause system crash. So if you are a user of Windows 8/8.1, you should backup system in advance.

In order to backup Windows 8, you can use built-in backup tool in Windows 8/8.1 with a few steps. In additional, you can use third party backup software - AOMEI Backupper to backup system.

How to Restore Windows 8/8.1 to Dissimilar Hardware?

Usually, when Windows 8/8.1 crashed, the users will restore system to recover the Windows environment. However, there are some users plan to restore Windows 8/8.1 from one computer to another one which has different motherboard, CPU, or other different configurations. If this can be realized, home users don’t need to install system or applications again when they buy a new computer; as for companies, it is convenient for them to install same system and applications on many new computers.

However, as we all know, the backup tool built-in Windows 8/8.1 doesn’t allow user to restore system to dissimilar hardware. Therefore, how can you backup and restore windows 8/8.1 to dissimilar hardware?

Backup and Restore Windows 8 to Dissimilar Hardware

AOMEI Backupper Standard is the simplest free PC backup software which devotes in data protection. It is able to backup system. What’s more important is that it enables users to restore created system image from one computer to any other computer which has different configurations easily and safely.

Before you do:

  • Make sure you have created system image and know where you have saved it. (Usually, the system image is available to be stored on external hard drive, NAS/Network, USB, or DVD. If you store it on USB or DVD, after you open destination computer, you should connect USB or DVD to destination computer.
  • In order to restore to dissimilar hardware, you should start up destination computer at first. AOMEI Backupper can help you turn on destination computer though bootable CD or PXE boot which is able to boot many destination computers at the same time by Network. If you are the user who expects to restore system to many destination computers, we suggest you use PXE to start up destination computer. No matter which one you used, the restoring steps are the same.

Take using bootable CD to execute dissimilar hardware restoring as an example.

If you need to use PXE boot to open destination computer, please click here to know how to use PXE boot to execute dissimilar hardware restoring.

Step1: using bootable media made by AOMEI Backupper to boot up the destination computer. Then you can see AOMEI Backupper on the desktop.

Step2: Click Restore on the left side of the interface in AOMEI Backupper. Then click Path to find the place you store the system image.

Click Restore

Step3: In the pop-up window, choose the system image you plan to restore and then click Next.

Choose System Image

Step4: Click Yes to continue.

Click Yes

Step5:Select backup point and then click Next in the pop-up window.

Choose Backup Point

Step6: You need to choose a destination disk to restore system image. And then click Start Restore, Universal Restore will start.

AOMEI Backupper Standard is a completely software which help you backup and restore Windows 8 to dissimilar hardware with simple steps. Furthermore, it has other feature such as files backup, disk backup, partition backup and more.