By Delia / Last update December 13, 2021

Why restore image to a different computer?

In most cases, when it comes to backing up and restoring data, especially system backup and restore, it refers to backup and restore system to the same computer. But now you are planning to restore system image to a different computer because of the following reasons:

  • You just get one new computer and you want to restore the old computer’s system image backup without reinstalling Windows OS.

  • The system gets crashed, so you tend to create a system image backup on a running computer and then restore the system to the dead computer to make it work again.

Can I restore a system image to a different computer?

Perhaps many users will ask whether Windows built-in backup tool can restore system image to dissimilar hardware or not. In fact, this backup utility can backup and restore system image in the same physical computer, but it cannot support to restore image to a different computer. If you use it to do dissimilar system restore, it is likely to cause blue screen because of different ID numbers of the hard drive.

So how to recover system image to a different computer without reinstalling system and applications to reduce downtime and ensure data security? Is there any simpler way by a third-party program?

In view of this situation, possibly a powerful backup software, like AOMEI Backupper Professional, can cover this shortage. With the Universal Restore feature, it can help you restore a system image of a working computer to a different computer which owns different processor, different motherboard or CPU, different storage device or dissimilar configuration compared to the original computer.

How to restore Windows 10/8/7 image to a different computer?

Before restoring Windows 10/8/7 system image backup to dissimilar hardware, you should first create a system backup image with AOMEI Backupper. Besides, if another computer cannot boot or is new, you may need to create a bootable disc to start up the target computer. After finishing, you can use it to boot target computer.

◆ Tip: Actually, besides backup and restore, if you prefer a more direct way to migrate OS to dissimilar hardware, you can try System Clone to make it.

1. Create system image backup

Step 1. Download, install and launch AOMEI Backupper Professional trial version.

Download Free Trial Win 10/8.1/8/7/XP
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Step 2. Click Backup and then choose System Backup.

System Backup

Step 3. The system and boot drives have been selected as source partitions automatically by AOMEI Backupper. Choose a destination path (external hard drive, CD/DVD, USB flash drive, or NAS/network) to save the image backup.

Select Path

Step 4. Click Start Backup to begin.

2. Restore system image to another computer

Step 1. Also, download AOMEI Backupper Professional on the target computer. Or you can boot the second computer via the bootable media.

Step 2. Click Restore and choose Select Image File.

Select Image File

Step 3. Select the backup image you want to restore and click Next.

Select Image

Step 4. Select to restore the entire backup image or a partition, and click Next.

Restore Entire Backup

Step 5. On the summary page, confirm the operation and tick Universal Restore and click Start Restore to make it.

Universal Restore

As for system image restore to a different computer, in addition, to start up the target computer through bootable disc, PXE boot tool can help start up multiple computers at the same time.


As you can see, AOMEI Backupper Professional can help you restore system image to a different computer in Windows 10/8/7 without effort. It helps you save both the time and effort. In addition, it can also help you migrate system from one computer to another one directly. Just give it a try by yourself. 

Tip: If you want to protect unlimited computers within your company, you can pick AOMEI Backupper Technician. With the inbuilt AOMEI Image Deploy tool, you are also allowed to deploy/restore system image file on server-side computer to multiple client-side computers over network.