By Ivy / Last update December 13, 2021

When Need to Deploy System Image to Different Computer?

Sometimes, you may need to deploy system to dissimilar hardware and here are 4 common situations, such as, update hardware like motherboard, CPU, chipset, need to recover a failed system, have a lot of bare computer, just prevent hardware failure.

Next, I’ll show you two example of universal restore system in the following. You can see if you have similar problems. If so, please keep reading below to learn details.

As for an old computer, its performance and running speed may not be good and influence work efficiency. At this time, many users will think of purchasing a new computer, but you don’t want to reinstall system and applications which is a trouble.

In addition, as to a big company, if you are the administrator and want to deploy many client computers by a host computer, but only the host computer can boot and other computers cannot boot. This requires you manually install system and applications for these computers one by one.

Best Software to Deploy System to Dissimilar Hardware

It’s disappointed that Windows Backup and Restore does not support universal restore system. Because the system image created by it does not contain all necessary drivers to boot a different computer. So, you can only turn to a third-party software like AOMEI Backupper Professional.

This software supports restoring system image to different hardware in Windows 11, 10, 8, 7, XP, Vista. It’s an all-in-one, reliable, easy-to-use backup and restore software, and has a user-friendly interface.

To restore system image to a computer with different hardware, you need to use “Universal Restore” feature in AOMEI Backupper. It resolves the problem of incompatible driver issues and can ensure secure boot after restoring.

Step by Step Guide: Deploy System Image to Different Computer

Now, you are going to restore system to dissimilar hardware with a step-by-step user guide. The first thing is to make preparations.


  • Prepare an external hard drive or USB drive.

  • Download AOMEI Backupper Professional and install it on a working computer.

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Then, continue to see below and learn the detailed steps of universal restore system.

Step 1. Connect both devices and make sure it can be detected.

Step 2. Start your computer via bootable media. Click start menu and select “Restart”, press the specific key on the first screen (usually F2 or ESC), then go to Boot tab and move USB drive to the first option by clicking “+”, finally press “F10” to save the changes and start the computer.  


Step 3. In the main page of AOMEI Backupper, click ”Restore” and “Select Task” to find your system image. If you cannot see any system image in the Restore window, just go back and tick “Select Image File” as instead.  

Select Task Winpe

Step 4. Select the system image in the following list and click “Next”.

Select Backup Image

Step 5. Tick “Restore this system image backup” and click “Next”.

Restore Entire Backup

Step 6. Select the disk on the new computer as destination path and click “Next”.

Select Destination

Step 7. At Operation Summary window, check ”Universal Restore” and click ”Start Restore”. 

Universal Restore

The bootable disc is suitable for one or two computers. If you want to deploy an image to multiple computers, you could consider using PXE boot tool (supported on AOMEI Backupper Workstation).
This software will check “Universal Restore” if it detects the computer has a different hardware. If it’s not detected, you need to manually tick this option.

Drop it in the box

AOMEI Backupper play a very important part in deploying system image to different computer. It solves the incompatible driver issues via “Universal Restore” feature. And it’s suitable for all operating system, even for the latest version.

It’s highly recommended to keep this software installed after universal restore system. With its backup feature, such as, “System Backup”, “Disk Backup”, “File Backup”, you can protect your system and data for disaster recovery.

Besides, it’s also a disk cloning software, which allows you to clone Windows 10 to dissimilar hardware without incompatible driver issues. And it can help you get rid of unallocated space after cloning, clone all sectors on a disk, improve the writing and reading speed of SSDs.