By Ailsa / Last Updated February 11, 2020

Can I Restore Windows 10 Backup to Another New Computer?

My hard drive failed this morning. Fortunately, I had run a Windows 10 backup to another hard drive before the failure. Can I restore the backup to another computer running Windows 10?

Generally, restore Windows backup to new computer, probably means that restore Windows backup image to a dissimilar hardware computer. How do we do to get things right?

Note: Dissimilar hardware computer means that the computer has a different make, model or hardware configuration compared with source computer. Of course, even if the two computers have the identical makes and models, the destination computer may have different drivers, hardware, or firmware than the source computer.

Restore system image to new computer with built-in tool

Step 1. connect the hard drive that contains the image to the new computer via USB to SATA adapter and make sure it can be detected.

Step 2. Type backup and restore in the search box and select it from the result lists.

Step 3. Click Recover system settings or your computer > Advanced recovery methods > Back up now or skip > Restart to go to WinPE environment.

Recover System Settings Your Computer

Step 4. Click Next to move on.


Step 5. Click the first option if there are available image recognized. If not, click the second option and find the image on the connected hard drive.

Select Image

Step 6. Follow the on-screen instructions and finish the restoration. You may be asked to install drivers during the process, just do as it said.

Yeah, Backup and Restore allows you to create system image and restore it on a computer with the same hardware. But if you want to restore it on a computer with different hardware, it does not work. Thus, you may need an alternative software to Backup and Restore. And here, I recommend you AOMEI Backupper Professional.

Restore Windows backup to new computer with AOMEI Backupper Professional

AOMEI Backupper Professional is a comprehensive backup and restore software, which can restore Windows Backup to different computer with dissimilar hardware. And it allows you to create full, incremental and differential backup, as well as the schedule backup. Besides, you are allowed to backup system, program files, partition, even the entire hard drive in Windows Vista/XP/7/8/8.1/10. If you are using server-based computer and want to restore Windows Server Backup to different computer, you can consider AOMEI Backupper Server.

Before restoring, there are something you need to pay attention to:

  • Download the program to have a try.

  • Make sure you have backup your Windows 7/8/10 operating system to external hard drive. If your old computer is not bootable, you can create a bootable media at first.

  • Use bootable media to boot the new destination computer for system restore.

Now, the steps are here:

Step 1. Connect your external hard drive (with Windows system backup image stored) to the new PC and ensure it can be recognized.

Step 2. Open AOMEI Backupper Professional main window, click Restore –> Select Image File to find the Windows 7/8/10 system backup image you created manually.

Select Image File

Step 3. Choose Restore this system backupto restore entire hard drive, and click Next.

Tip: Restore a partition in this system backup: restoring a partition in this system backup will only restore data on the partition, this operation doesn’t ensure the system will be bootable, to make system bootable, please choose “Restore this system backup”.

Restore Entire Backup

Step 4. Now you could preview the restore process, and the "Universal Restore" option is checked by default, and then press Start Restore to perform dissimilar hardware restore.

Universal Restore

Now, restoring Windows backup to new computer has been completed successfully. If required, you need to reinstall some drivers owing to compatibility issue, such as Display driver, NIC driver, or Audio driver, etc.

Besides, you can use AOMEI PXE boot tool to deploy a system to many computers, which also can be run on the computer (with dissimilar hardware).

With the software, you can merge backup images, clone system, deploy images to multiple computers, command line utility, etc.

Selective file restore from backup image

In AOMEI Backupper, you can see a utility called Explore image, which allows you to restore files from all kinds of backup images, including file backup, partition backup, system backup, disk backup. The core of this method is to create a virtual partition on the computer so that you can copy and paste the files you need.

You can open this software, click Utility > Explore Image and then follow the wizard-like interface to finish the restoration process. After that, you can copy and paste the files in the virtual partition, then go to this utility again and detach the partition from your computer.

Explore Image

How to create a system image backup?

Sometimes, you have to backup your Windows OS just in case, here Windows offer you Backup and Restore to backup the system image in case of disaster recovery. It’s first introduced in Windows 7 and inherited on Windows 8/8.1/10.

Create Windows backup image with Windows snap-in program:

1. click the Start button, then select Control Panel > System and Maintenance > Backup and Restore.

2. In the left pane, choose Create a system image, and then follow the steps in the wizard.

Besides, you can use the third party backup software to create system image.

Final words

Windows Backup and Restore can restore your computer with a previous backup image, but you are not allowed to restore Windows backup on another computer with different hardware.

To work it out, you can restore Windows Backup image to new computer with AOMEI Backupper. It has a wizard-like interface, which can guide you to complete the entire system restore process. And it has more useful features, such as, Universal Restore, Differential backup, Backup when USB plugged in, compressing backup, etc. Besides, it offers you different versions for different users. For common users, you can use AOMEI Backupper Pro. For advanced users, you can take advantage of AOMEI Backupper Tech or Tech Plus.

Now, download AOMEI Backupper and start your new journey.