How to Migrate Windows 7 to New PC with Dissimilar Hardware?

March 31, 2015

Generally speaking, users are not allowed to migrate Windows 7 to dissimilar hardware, but now AOMEI Backupper enables users to finish the task.

About Migrate Windows 7 to Dissimilar Hardware

As for most of PC users, it is clear that they can only restore Windows 7 system image to the original computer. So users may be confused for what does migrating Windows 7 to dissimilar hardware mean?

Actually, migrating Windows 7 to dissimilar hardware refers to restore Windows 7 system image to any other computer which even has different configurations such as different motherboard, different CPU, different storage device and so on.

Situations to Migrate Windows 7 to Dissimilar Hardware

As for company, there is no doubt how important to make sure the computers work smoothly. If one day system crashes down, the urgent affair is to restore system to computers. If computers have same configuration, it may be easy for you to do rescue. But if the computers are different configuration, the way to solve the problem is moving Windows 7 to dissimilar hardware. And the detail progress is to make a Windows 7 system image, store it on NAS, USB or DVD and then restore system to computers with the help of PXE boot.

As for home users, when you expect to move your well-adjusted Windows 7 to a new computer with different configuration, or you plan to install other’s system to your own new computer, this method is also available for you.

Migrate Windows 7 to Dissimilar Hardware with AOMEI Backupper

Windows 7 built-in backup tool doesn’t allows you to restore system to dissimilar hardware, fortunately AOMEI Backupper Standard a free software offered by AOMEI has a feature called Universal Restore that is able to help users migrate Windows 7 to dissimilar hardware under PXE boot or bootable media boot. It is easy to operate.

Before you do:

  • Before the operation, you should open destination computer. As mentioned above, AOMEI Backupper Standard can help you start up destination computer by bootable media or PXE. You can choose one depended on your requirement. If you have more than 2 destination computers, we suggest you use PXE boot. Because, PXE can open several destination computers at the same time.
  • Create Windows 7 system image in advance and make sure you know where it store. If you store it on external drive such as USB drive, DVD, please plug it into destination computer when it has been stared up.

The following step is for migrating Windows 7 to dissimilar hardware under bootable media boot, if you need PXE boot, please refer to how to use PXE boot to migrate system to dissimilar hardware.

Step1: After open destination computer, you will see AOEMI Backupper on desktop. Click Restore and then click Path to find Windows 7 system image.

Browse System Backup Image

Step2: Click Share/NAS(Windows 7 system image is stored on NAS), then type the information to find system image.

Share NAS

Step3: Select backup point in the pop-up window and then click Next to go on.

Restore System Image

Step4: Choose destination disk and then click Next to continue.

Select Disk

Step5: Click Start Restore

Universal Restore


  • After the operation, Windows may need you enter registration code again, please make sure you remember it.
  • Video/sound card drivers, display drivers, NIC drivers aren’t allowed to install by Universal Restore.