System Restore with AOMEI Backupper

AOMEI Post By AOMEI Updated May 17, 2023

In our daily life and work, our systems may crash due to virus attacks, hard disk corruption, etc. If your system crashes, restoring the system from a system backup is a better solution rather than reinstalling the OS.

In general, you need to do a system restore in the following situations:

  • Reinstalling the operating system will wipe out all applications and data including personal settings whereas system recovery via AOMEI Backupper decreases these losses. If you happen to make a system backup just before the accident, you can restore all data from the latest system image file.

  • OS reinstallation costs much more time than a system restore.

  • System reinstallation is more complexed than system recovery. The former requires you to select/input various configuration settings during the process while the latter frees you up to do other things, so you do not need to sit in front of the machine while it is recovering.

How to Restore System with AOMEI Backupper

Before restoration, there are some things you need to know.

  • AOMEI Backupper system restore is based on AOMEI Backupper system backup. You should already have at least one system image made by AOMEI Backupper (whatever the source system is, the current crashed one or a system on another computer). Even if you have several Windows backup points, it won't work. AOMEI Backupper does not recognize OS images made by Windows or other software.

  • If you haven't created a system backup with AOMEI Backupper, you can create one based on another working system. However, after restoration, the system of the recovered computer will be a copy of the system you just backed up, not the crashed one. You can choose this method if viable.

  • Nominally, users should recover using the system Backup image created on their current failed operating system.  If the PC fails to boot or has crashed, you can create a WinPE bootable media using AOMEI Backupper or AOMEI PE Builder on another healthy computer and then boot the crashed PC from the WinPE bootable media to run the system restore under WinPE.

We strongly recommend that users create a WinPE bootable media once they start to use AOMEI products. Such bootable media should be created and kept in a safe place in order to boot a failed computer. Otherwise, not having the required bootable media might result in not being able to recover your computer at all. 

If you don't have these items, please download AOMEI Backupper and prepare what you need.

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Here are the detailed steps about how to restore the system:

Restore System under Windows:

1. In the left tab, select Restore and then click Select Task or Select Image File. Here I take "Select Task" as an example.

Select Task

2. Select a backup image and click the Next button to recover your system to the point in time the backup was taken.

Select Backup Image

3. Choose to restore the entire image or part and click Next.

Select Entire Backup or Partition

4. In the "Operation Summary" page, preview the operation that will be executed. Then, click Start Restore. Wait for the process to complete, and then click Finish.

Preview Restore

🔔 Tips: If the system image is taken from another computer, you should tick "Universal Restore" (paid function) to ensure the system is bootable after recovery.

For further details with screenshots, see: How to Do System Restore.

Restore System under WinPE:

If the PC fails to boot or has crashed, you need to create a WinPE bootable media with AOMEI Backupper and boot your PC into WinPE to run the system restore.

Please follow the steps below:

1. Please create a WinPE bootable media using AOMEI Backupper or AOMEI PE Builder on another healthy computer.

Create Bootable Media

2. Then, insert the bootable media into the failed computer and boot from it. (You may need to change the boot sequence and boot mode in the PC's BIOS/UEFI Setup Utility).

Boot Order

3. When the PC boots up successfully, AOMEI Backupper (already installed on the bootable device) will run automatically allowing you to start the system recovery just as the process under Windows.

Select Task WinPE

4. Remove the bootable media and restart your PC after the system restore is finished successfully. (You may still need to change the boot sequence and boot mode in the PC's BIOS/UEFI Setup Utility).


  • If you regularly backup your system, each backup will generate an image at a given point in time, so there may be multiple backup points to choose from.

  • The destination disk/partition will be totally overwritten. If the destination contains any essential data, it should first be copied to another location.

  • During a system restore, the program will prompt you to restart the computer and then enter into "Restart Mode" for the restore operation.

  • If your system uses an "EFI partition + system partition + recovery partition" layout, there may be more than one EFI partition after restore. In this situation the restored system may not be bootable, you could try to delete the extra EFI partition and only keep one. Then, it will boot up normally.

  • If you can’t boot into windows to run the program for the restore, you can create a WinPE bootable media using AOMEI Backupper in advance, and then boot from the WinPE media to perform the restore operation.



System Restore can restore our system to its original state in the event of a crash, which can save us the hassle of reinstalling the system and save us time.



Q: You received the message: “Because the system partition exists in a dynamic disk or the image file exists in a dynamic volume. You can go to Tools-> Create Bootable Media and make a Windows PE bootable CD (not Linux Bootable CD) and try again.” when you do restore.

A: If there are programs still running on the destination partition during the restore process, the program will automatically restart the computer and run Backupper from the Linux or WinPE mode to complete the restore process. This problem arises because an image file in a dynamic partition cannot be recognized by Linux environment. To solve the problem with the following methods:

1) Copy this image file to a basic partition and then restore again.

2) Click Tools-> Create Bootable Media to create a WinPE bootable media. A WinPE Bootable media is able to recognize image files in a dynamic volume. After that, please boot from WinPE bootable media to do restore.

Q: You received the message: “Because the image file exists in a share/NAS network, you need to make a bootable CD...” when you do a restore operation.

A: If the image file is saved in a shared folder or a NAS device, you will receive the above message if there are programs still running in the target partition which cannot close. To solve the problem, you only need to click Tools -> Create Bootable Media to create a bootable media. Then, boot your computer from the bootable media to complete the restore process.

Q: You get the message: “Unable to get the backup information because the image file does not exist, or it can’t be accessed...” when you click the Restore or Advanced button on a backup task of Home screen.

A: The problem might be that the task can’t locate the backup files due to unknown reasons. You need to delete the task and then re-import the backup task by browsing the backup files under Tools-->Import/Export Configuration. After that, the task will be listed on the Home screen again.