Restore Windows Server 2012/2008/2003 System Image to Different Hardware

March 31, 2015

AOMEI Backupper Server is able to restore Windows 2012 R2/2008/2003 to different hardware easily and safely.

Cases for Restore Windows 2012 to Different Hardware

Case 1

“I am running Windows 2012 and I have created Windows 2012 system image. Now I plan to move well-adjusted Windows 2012 and application to another computer with different configuration. But after restoring system image, I can’t boot up system, is there a way to help me transfer Windows 2012 to another machine?”

Case 2:

“Recently, I realize there is something with my hard drive, in order to avoid suffering a lot from hardware failure, I need to replace hard drive in advance. I have a system image of Windows 2012, I want to know is it possible for me to restore the system image on the computer after I have replaced hard drive”

Case 3

“Our company buys some new computers with different CPU, different motherboard and so on. My current job is to install the same system on each computer. Actually, it is an easy job to install system one by one. But I really hope to know is there another way that can avoid time consuming?”

As mentioned above, no matter which situation you come across, the main point of the problem is the demand for migrating Windows 2012 to different hardware. But how can you restore system image to different hardware and make sure the system can boot up normally?

Move Windows 2012 to Different Hardware with AOMEI Backupper Server

AOMEI Backupper Server is a third party software which is designed for data protection. It has a feature called Universal Restore that enables users to restore Windows Server 2012/2008/2003 system image to different hardware. This feature makes users especially the company users benefit most from it when they need to deploy same system and programs to dissimilar hardware.

Before you do:

  • Make sure you have built system image and know where you store it. If you don’t have system image, you can use AOEMI Backupper to create system image.
  • You must open destination computer before restore. AOMEI Backuuper can help users start up destination computer though bootable media boot or PXE boot. If you have several destination computers, we suggest you use PXE boot.

Step1: Open destination computer with bootable media boot. If you perform the restore with PXE boot, you can refer to how to restore a system image to computer with dissimilar hardware

Step2: After starting up destination computer, click Restore on the interface of AOMEI Backupper Server and then click Path to look for system image you created before.

Browse System Backup Image

Step3: Click Share/NAS and then type the necessary information to find the system image. (If you store system image on USB or other external hard drive, you should plug it into destination computer before you perform the operation.)

Share NAS

Step4: Choose backup point and then click Next to go on in the pop-up window.

Restore System Image

Step5: Select a disk as destination disk to restore Window 2012 system image and then click Next to continue.

Select Disk

Step6: Click Start Restore in the following window, then the Universal Restore will start.

Universal Restore


  • Video/sound card drivers, NIC drivers, display driver or other drivers aren’t installed after Universal Restore.
  • After Universal Restore, Microsoft may ask you to enter registration code, so please make sure you remember it.