By Delia / Last update April 8, 2022

Why restore Windows image backup from network?

Network is a good place to store backup images when there is no much disk space on your local computer. Many backup tools supports backing up system to NAS and network, which makes network storage is more frequently used in backing up. Restoring Windows backup images from network location saves time and effort to store backup images on intermediary device and connect it to computer. This even saves the budget of purchasing the intermediary device, so why not?

Error you may encounter during restoring and its corresponding solution

Description: When you restore Windows image backup over network, after typing the network path of the saved image backup, you may get an error message reads: “An internal error occurred. The following information might help you resolve the error: The network location cannot be reached. For information about network troubleshooting, see Windows Help. (0x800704CF)”.

Fix: When the Emergency Restore Disc DVD was created it failed to include the NIC drivers as part of the creation process which doesn’t natively come as part of Windows OS, Windows 7 in particular. You can Google your PC brand and download the set of LAN drivers to a USB drive, plug it into the computer and direct the “Install a driver” option of the restore program to the USB drive before searching for the System Image on the NAS drive. Once added, Windows would immediately recognize the Windows backup image.

Please note that this method applies to Windows 7, not all Windows operating systems. If this still cannot work out or if you’re running other Windows operating systems, you may need to turn to third party software to assist restoring.

Restore Windows image backup via network using AOMEI Backupper

AOMEI Backupper Professional is a reliable backup and recovery software designed for Windows OS. It provides features like System Restore, File Restore, Partition/Volume Restore, Dissimilar Hardware Restore, and Selective Files Restore in restoring. You can easily restore Windows image to new hard drive as well as to another computer, for instance, restore Windows 10 backup to dissimilar hardware, with these recovery functions. 

When restoring system image backup, AOMEI Backupper Professional has higher success rate comparing to Windows built-in tool. It also allows you to create bootable rescue media to do bare metal reduction in Windows. Download its free trial to have a try.

In the first place, install and launch AOMEI Backupper. Select Restore > Select Image File.

Select Image File

Second, choose Share/NAS option > Add Network Location > type what it needs.

Share Nas

Type Network Path

Third, choose the right backup point.

Select Backup Image

Fourth, choose the destination that you wish to restore.

Select Location

Fifth, check the Operation Summary and tick Universal Restore box if you want to restore Windows image backup on another computer. Then Click Start Restore to continue.

Universal Restore

Tips: This option will be completed in Restart mode.

Restoring Windows image backup over network is a commonplace issue nowadays, and it shouldn’t be a troublesome business for thousands of Windows users. AOMEI Backupper takes care of this problem and brings you a worry-free restoring experience. 

Except for restoring, AOMEI Backupper is good cloning software as well. So you can use it to clone HDD to Kingston SSDand of course other brands of SSDs. If you get the hard drive damaged a little, you can clone hard drive with bad sectors to upgrade it to SSD.