Ghost Windows Installation to Computer with Dissimilar Hardware

Posted by @AOMEI

May 8, 2015

How to ghost Windows 7 or 8 installation from old hard drive to new computer with dissimilar hardware? In this article we will introduce an easy way for you.

Why Need to Ghost Windows to Different Hardware?

Day after day, there will be wear and tear on your present hard disk, which may make your data under the risk of being lost. On the other hand, with daily increasing data, temporary files, cache, and so on, you will realize the free space of disk has become less and less, which will affect work efficiency.

So to avoid these problems, most of users will choose to replace present disk with a new one. But the problem faced by users is that they don’t expect to give up their friendly-used Windows system, while the system image created by Windows built-in tool isn’t allowed to restore to a hard disk in new computer. In this satiation, Windows installation migration to dissimilar hardware is the best choice.

In addition, if there are computers that need to install the same system, it will take long time for you to finish installing one and then go on another. However, ghost windows installation to dissimilar hardware will help you save time.

Ghost Windows to Different Hardware with AOMEI Backupper

Actually, you are allowed to create system image with Windows built-in tool, but you can’t restore the system image to dissimilar hardware. Therefore, how to restore Windows installation to different hardware?

Fortunately, AOMEI Backupper Standard a free third party software which is specialized in protecting data is a good helper. Because recently there is a new feature in this software called Universal Restore which is able to restore Window to different hardware. And this function can work on Windows 10, Windows 8/8.1, Windows 7, Windows Vita and Windows XP.

Step1: Using bootable media to start up destination computer ( if there are more than 2 destination computers, you can start up computer with PXE boot).

Step2: Click Restore and then choose Path to look for system image you have created.


Step3: Select backup point click Next and then choose the destination disk to restore system image.

Choose Backup Point

Step4: Make sure you have set all the things right, please click Start Restore, then Universal Restore will start. (If the destination disk is SSD, you can choose "Align partition to optimize for SSD")

Start Restore

AOMEI Backupper Standard allows users ghost Windows to dissimilar hardware, in addition, it is able to clone disk, backup files, clone partition and so on. it is an complete software for the safety of your data.