Restore System to Another Computer with Dissimilar Hardware

Posted by @AOMEI

March 31, 2015

AOMEI Backupper is able to restore Windows10/8.1/8/7/XP or even Server system image to dissimilar hardware easily and safely.

Restore System VS Restore System to Dissimilar Hardware

Windows built-in tool enables users to backup and restore system, in common situation, users are allowed to restore system image to their original computer with this tool. If users move system image to dissimilar hardware with the built-in tool, the system can’t boot up due to error.

However, transfer system to dissimilar hardware refers to deploy the system image you have created from a computer to another one with different CPU, different motherboard, different disk type or other different configuration.

PC or laptops users can benefit from both of the system restore, but compared with the two system restore, it is clear that restoring system image to dissimilar hardware has larger usable range.

Situations of restoring System Image to Dissimilar Hardware

  • Prevent motherboard failure

With time goes by, there is a risk of motherboard failure. With the help of movement to dissimilar hardware, there is no trouble for you to replace hardware.

  • Deploy system to dissimilar hardware

In order to move your currently well-used system and programs to another computer with different configuration, recovering system image to dissimilar hardware is the perfect method.

  • Migrate the same system image to several computers with dissimilar hardware

To transfer the same system image on a lot of computers with different CPU, different motherboard and so on, restore system image to dissimilar hardware is the efficient way. Users especially the companies can benefit most from it.

Restore System to Dissimilar hardware with AOMEI Backupper

AOMEI Backupper is a third party software which devotes to data protection. It has a feature called Universal Restore, which allows users to migrate system image to dissimilar hardware. And this feature can work on Windows 10/8.1/8/7/Vista/XP and Server 2008/2003/2000. In additional, this software is able to backup system, backup partition, backup disk and more.

Before you do:

  • Create a system image before the operation and know where you store it. You can use AOMEI Backup to create system image.
  • In order to perform this operation, you should open destination computer, AOMEI Backupper can start up destination computer by bootable media boot or PXE boot. You can choose one depend your own requirement. But if you need to deploy the system image to many computers, we suggest you use PXE boot.

Step1: Start up destination computer with bootable media.

Step2: After opening destination computer, you can see AOMEI Backupper on the desktop. Choose Restore on the interface and then click Path to find system image.

Share NAS

Step3: Select backup point and then click Next to go on.

Restore System Image

Step4: Choose a destination disk to restore system and then click Next.

Select Disk

Step5: Click Start Restore then Universal Restore will began.

Universal Restore

The detail steps mentioned above are for restoring system image to dissimilar hardware with bootable media boot. If you plan to use PXE boot to start destination computer, please learn how to restore system to dissimilar hardware with PXE boot.