By Cherry / Last Updated June 7, 2017

Why need to deploy Windows 10 system image to new hardware?

Windows 10 system image is an backup of system drive. You can use it to recover the data when system crashed. You can even use it to restore system to another computer with new hardware in order to migrate Windows 10 system to a new hardware. Why? If your old hard drive is running out of space or it is so old that slow down the whole read and write speed heavily, you may want to change a new hard drive even a new PC instead of it. However, you would like to keep your old Windows 10 system and applications, thus, deploy old Windows 10 system image to new hardware is the best way to keep the OS and applications.

Windows 10 deployment tools

Microsoft provides many tools to deploy the Windows 10 operating system and applications. Those tools include Windows Deployment Services (WDS), Windows System Image Manager (Windows SIM), the User State Migration Tool (USMT), The Volume Activation Management Tool (VAMT), Windows Recovery Environment (Windows RE), Windows Preinstallation Environment (Windows PE). But they are just tools which are not complete solutions on their own, except you combining them with solutions, and before using those tools, you must install them first cause they are not built in Windows 10. After that, you can use those tools to deploy Windows 10 system image.

However, to restore to a different hardware with those deployment tools, you may have some troubles, because Microsoft doesn’t support restoring between two different hardware with different motherboard, dissimilar processor, different storage devices. Fortunately, you can use the recover to dissimilar hardware software AOMEI Backupper to deploy the Windows 10 system image to a different new hardware.

Deploy Windows 10 system image to new hardware with AOMEI Image Deploy

AOMEI Image Deploy is an image deployment software and network cloning software, which supports deploying/restoring an image to multiple computers and cloning computers over network. With this tool, you can deploy Windows 10/8/7 system image to new hardware safely and quickly. First, you need to use “Create Windows PE automatically” or “Create AOMEI bootable Windows PE ISO manually” to create Windows PE ISO file which has AOMEI Image Deploy program included.

Create WinPE Automatically

Then, you can follow the steps to finish the image deployment.

Recover to dissimilar hardware with AOMEI Backupper

AOMEI Backupper is a powerful software for backup and restore, which you can use to deploy your Windows 10/8/7 system image to dissimilar hardware freely. Before deploying Windows 10 system image to new hardware, there are something you must do in advanced:

  • You need to create a Windows 10 system image with AOMEI Backupper. The software allows you to store the system image to an external hard drive, flash drive, or network drive. Wherever, remember where you have stored it.
  • To deploy Windows 10 system image to a new hardware, you need to use AOMEI Backupper to create a bootable media to start the computer with new hardware.

Then, you can follow the steps below to deploy Windows 10 to a new hardware.

Step1. Start new hardware computer with bootable media, and then AOMEI Backupper will launch automatically. You will see the concise interface. If you used it to create a system image, it will show you at the Home tab.

Main Interface

Step2. Select Restore at the left pane. The restore will list all the backup image under the Task Name, click the system image, or you can select it by browsing the path you stored before. Then, click Next.


Here will pop out a window to remind you that you are going to do a system restore, click Yes to move on.

Click Yes

Step3. Here you need to select the backup time point to restore. To restore Windows 10 system image to a new hardware, don’t forget to tick the box before “Restore system to other location”. Click Next to go on.

Backup Point

Step4. You can select the destination which you are planning to restore the system image on. Select it and click Next, it will pop out a window to remind you that the destination disk will be overwritten if it's not empty. Click Yes and click Next.

Destination Place

Step5. At the Operating Summary, you can confirm all the operations, if there is no problem, click Start Restore to do it.

Start Restore
  • You can edit the size of partition for the destination partition by clicking the settings icon.
  • If the destination disk is SSD, you can tick the box “Align partition to optimize SSD” in order to get a better performance after restoring.

Step6. When the progress reaches 100%, click Finish to exit.

Thus, you have already deploy Windows 10 system image to a new hardware. You can use this free software to do many other things for Windows, like syncing two folders between two computers, creating bootable media, and many other utilities.