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

Windows 10 system image is a backup of system drive. You can use it to recover the system and data when system crashes. You can even use it to restore system to another computer with new hardware. Why to migrate Windows 10 system to new hardware? It is explained below.

If your old hard drive is running out of space or it is so old that slows down the whole read and write speed heavily, you may want to replace it with a new hard drive or even a new PC. However, you would like to keep your old Windows 10 system and applications.

How to upgrade hardware while keeping the OS and applications? Deploying old Windows 10 system image to new hardware is the best way.

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), and Windows Preinstallation Environment (Windows PE). Learn more >>

Some of the tools are not built in Windows 10, so you must install them first before performing system deployment. What’s more, those tools are not complete solutions on their own. You need to combine them to get a complete solution.

You may have some troubles when restoring Windows 10 to different hardware with those deployment tools due to computer compatibility. Fortunately, there are two other tools from AOMEI that can help with Windows 10 deployment to new hardware.

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

AOMEI Image Deploy is powerful 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.

Restore Windows 10 to dissimilar hardware with AOMEI Backupper

AOMEI Backupper Professional is specialized software for backup and restore that can help to deploy your Windows 10/8/7 system image to dissimilar hardware easily. Before deploying Windows 10 system image to new hardware, there is something you must do in advance:

  • 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, USB flash drive, or network drive. Make sure you choose a place that can be accessed by another computer.

  • You need to use AOMEI Backupper to create a bootable disc to start the computer with new hardware.

Then, you can follow the steps below to deploy Windows 10 to new hardware. Suppose that you have stored the system image on a USB drive.

Step 1. Connect the bootable disk and the USB drive with system image to the destination computer.

Step 2. Start new hardware computer with bootable media, and then AOMEI Backupper will launch automatically. You will see the concise interface. Select Restore at the left pane, and then choose Select Image File.

Select Image File

Step 3. Locate the system image file on the USB drive and click Open.

Step 4. Select Restore this system backup to restore the whole system and click Next.

Restore Entire Backup

Step 5. Select the destination which you plan to restore the system image on and click Next. It will pop out a window to remind you that the destination partition will be overwritten if it's not empty. Click Yes to continue.

Select Destination

Step 6. At the Operation Summary page, you can check the Universal Restore option to ensure the system is bootable after restoring to dissimilar hardware. If there is no problem, click Start Restore to do it.

Start Restore

Tips: If the destination disk is an SSD, you can tick the box SSD Alignment in order to get better performance after restoring.

Step 7. When the progress reaches 100%, click Finish to exit.


There are different tools offered in this article to help you deploy Windows 10 system image to new hardware. You may choose AOMEI Backupper for easier operations. In addition to the backup and restore functions, you can use AOMEI Backupper to sync folders between computers and run disk clone or system clone. Try it now to discover more!