By Ailsa / Last Updated August 11, 2020

Can I Restore Windows 10 Backup to Another Computer?

My hard drive failed and took out the motherboard when it failed. I had run a Windows 10 backup to an external hard drive prior to the failure. Can I restore the backup to another computer running Windows 10?

- Question from answers.microsoft.com

If you meet the problem, you could restore Windows image backup to another drive on a different computer. Just see the following words to restore.

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Why Restore System Image to Another Computer?

Generally speaking, you may restore system image to another computer on the following circumstances:

  • Your computer is damaged and created a Windows image backup before the damage, want to get your data back on another computer.

  • Replace the old computer with the new one, and want to restore system image to new computer.

System restoration will help you to avoid endless system installation, program installation and some related data migration. It’s quite straight forward to saving your time and effort.

Easily Restore Windows 10 Backup to Another Different Computer

As a matter of fact, Windows built in backup software, Backup and Restore does not offer the feature to help Windows 10 system image restore to different computer. Hence, you have to try the best backup software for Windows - AOMEI Backupper Professional, which allows you to restore system image to another computer with dissimilar hardware (Universal Restore) or identical hardware in Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8, 8.1 and 10 (32-bit and 64-bit). Universal Restore can ensure the computer bootable after the restoration.

Besides, AOMEI Backupper Professional is endowed with plentiful practical features, such as system backup, disk backup, partition backup, restore, clone, file sync, create WinPE bootable media, etc.

You have to create system image Windows 10 for another computer first with AOMEI Backupper before restoring system image to new computer.

Create A Windows 10 System Image Backup

To restore system image to another computer, please follow the steps below to create a system image now.

Step 1. Launch AOMEI Backupper, click System Backup in the Backup column.

System Backup

Step 2. Choose the external hard drive as the destination to save the Windows 10 system image file.

Select Backup Destination

★Tips:
✍Change Task Name to distinguish from others if need be.
✍AOMEI Backupper will select the system partitions (like C partition, EFI system partition, Recovery partition, etc. If exists) as the source by default.
✍Besides, you could backup Windows 10 OS to NAS or share network, CD/DVD, USB flash drive, etc.

Step 3. Press Start Backup >> to create a system image for Windows 10.

Start Backup Windows 10

Restore System Image to Another Computer

Now restore Windows 10 system image to different computer. Please create a WinPE bootable media, and use the Windows 10 system image created before to restore to dissimilar hardware computer.

Step 1. Boot the new different computer with WinPE bootable media, AOMEI Backupper will automatically run and connect the external hard drive contains with the Windows 10 system image.

Step 2. Click Restore > Select Image File to select the Windows 10 system image file.

Select Windows 10 System Image File

Step 3. Choose Restore this system backup, click Next >>.

Restore Entire Backup

Tip: if another computer already contains a system that you want to reserve, please tick "Restore system to other location" and follow the guidance to restore Windows 10 system image to new hard drive.

Step 4. Enable Universal Restore option to restore system image to another computer with different hardware and ensure it will start up after the restoration.

Universal Restore

Step 5. Click Start Restore >> to restore Windows 10 backup to another computer.

The operations will be completed under the Restart mode. It’s easy, right?

Wrapping Things Up

Apart from restore system image to another computer without any issues. Furthermore, AOMEI Backupper Professional provides the easiest way to allows you clone one computer to another with disk clone feature without any issues, migrate everything including the Windows operating system, installed programs, settings, personal files, etc. Restore files to new computer, Transfer Windows operating system from one computer to another without reinstalling OS, command line backup/restore/clone, dynamic disk volume backup/restore/clone, etc.

If you would like to deploy system image to multiple computers within LAN, please try AOMEI Backupper Technician or Technician Plus to create Windows 7/8/10 ghost image to use on all computers (system image deployment).