Why Use AOMEI Backupper System Restore?
If your system crashes, restoring system from a system backup is a better solution rather than reinstalling the OS.
Reinstalling the operating system will wipe out all applications and data including personal settings where as 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 complex 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, you do not need to sit in front of the machine while it is recovering
How to Restore OS with the Help of AOMEI Backupper?
Before restoration, there are some things you need to know.
AOMEI Backupper system restore is based on AOMEI Backupper system backup. That is to say, 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 softwares.
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. Thus, in such situations, users should first create a WinPE bootable media using AOMEI Backupper or AOMEI PE Builder on another healthy computer. Then, insert the bootable media into the failed computer and boot from it after first ensuring you have changed the boot sequence in the PC's BIOS (Also referred to as UEFI). When it successfully boots up, AOMEI Backupper (already installed on the bootable device) will run automatically allowing you to start the system recovery process. We strongly recommend that users create a WinPE bootable media once you start to use AOMEI products (See the Creating Bootable Media option in the Utilities menu). 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 may result in not being able to recover your computer at all.
To do restore system:
1. In the left tab, select Restore and then click Select Task or Select Image File.
2. Select a backup image and click the Next button to recover your system to the point in time the backup was taken.
3. Choose to restore the entire image or part and click Next.
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.
Tip: If your system image is from another computer, you should tick "Enable Universal Restore" (paid function) to ensure the system is bootable after recovery.
For further details with screenshots, see: How to Do System Restore.
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.