When Do You Need Dissimilar OS Migration?

Suppose you have been tired of the bad performance of your old computer and finally buy a new one and want to replace it, the first thing you are going to do is to install the operating system and necessary applications. But the multifarious work annoys you. Is there a better solution?

Another situation may highlight this trouble. When a new office or a cybercafe wants to install the operating system of the computers in the whole house, a time-saving and effortless way becomes an urgent need. Imagine if the administrator installs numbers of computers one by one, what a huge quantity it is!

In fact, you can migrate system to dissimilar hardware to solve aforementioned issues very well. First of all, you should insert a piece of SSD/HDD into the ready computer; then migrate the well-adjusted and smoothly running OS plus all applications to new SSD/HDD. Finally, insert the SSD/HDD into the new hardware. In this way, the whole system is copied, and the new computer can be put into use immediately. Any tool can help fulfill this task? Yes. We strongly recommend AOMEI Backupper to give you a hand. Now let’s have a detailed information of this software, especially for its Universal Restore.

Software to Migrate OS to Dissimilar Hardware

AOMEI Backupper Professional is a reliable and easy-to-use software designed for Windows users. It has a clear interface and is full of practical functions like system backup and restore, clone hard drives, merge backup images, create bootable media, etc. As to the issue of OS migration between different computers, AOMEI Backupper offers Dissimilar Hardware Restore to duplicate an operating system to destination storage and then restore it to different computers that have dissimilar hardware installed. In theory, it will detect computer type and install proper drivers for HAL. After that, select an image to restore. For example, restore Windows 10 to dissimilar hardware. This powerful software can be used in Windows 10, 8.1/8, 7, Vista, and XP (both 32 bit and 64 bit).

Preparations: since the target computer is new machine and bare metal, it is necessary to prepare a bootable device. If there is only one or two PCs need to be installed, you can create a bootable disc (CD/DVD or USB stick) to start them. If there are more than 2 PCs, please turn to PXE boot tool to boot multiple computers from the network at a time. Following are the detailed steps of OS migration to dissimilar hardware.

How to Migrate OS to Different Hardware in Windows?

Step 1: Create a backup image for your current system on the old PC. Install and launch AOMEI Backupper. Go Backup > System Backup and go through the wizard to complete backup.


Store the system image to network if these two PCs are in the same segment of LAN. If not, store the image to somewhere else like removable device or NAS.

Step 2: Create a bootable device with AOMEI Backupper. Insert an USB drive to the PC. At the main console, go Utilities > Create Bootable Media. It is suggested to create a bootable device based on WinPE mode.


Step 3: Plug in the bootable USB drive to the new computer and start it. Connect the removable device that contains system image to the new PC as well. If you stored to network, forget this move.

Step 4: AOMEI Backupper is built-in the bootable device. Start it and click Restore, the system image will be auto detected. If not, click Path to manually navigate to the system image you created before.


Step 5: Select the destination path to restore the system.

Step 6: At Operation Summary window, check Enable Universal Restore box and click Start Restore.



*Check Align partition to optimize for SSD box to improve the performance if the destination path is an SSD.

The whole process won’t last too long, just grab a cup of coffee and wait it to be completed. When the restoring finished, remove the bootable device as well as removable device if any. Restart the new computer and you’ll get the same operating system like before.


In a sum, AOMEI Backupper helps a lot in all kinds of backup and restoring issues, as well as different clone requirements. When there is a need to migrate system, AOMEI Backupper won’t let you down. So if you have the same request, why not get one and have a try by yourself? Enjoy the 30-days free trial