By Delia / Last update September 7, 2021

When to restore Windows 10 backup to dissimilar hardware?

Many Windows 10 users may need to restore system to another computer with dissimilar hardware in various situations. For instance, you purchase a new computer and want to install Windows 10 OS on the new one, then you need to backup boot disk in Windows 10 of the old computer and restore from it to the new one. 

For home users, you may want to migrate Windows 10 OS to help the failing computer of your friend’s or families’, and you need a dissimilar hardware restore in that case. As an enterprise administer, you are likely to deploy the same Windows 10 configuration on many computers with dissimilar hardware. You have to know the easiest and best solution to the requirement.

How to restore backup to dissimilar hardware in Windows 10?

To install current Windows 10 disk to another machine will not solve the question of moving OS. What’s worse, you may be in the middle of troubles after starting up the new computer. That refers to the blue screen of death (BSOD) with stop error messages as follows: Stop 0x0000007B Inaccessible_Boot_Device. This is caused by drivers' problems, because each edition of the computer has different hard drives, motherboards, etc.

Identically, you may think about Windows built-in backup and restore tools. As we know, Microsoft has removed the old Windows Backup tool from Windows 8.1, and File History is still around. However you will find it out soon that Windows backup and restore tools cannot redeploy system and disk backup it created to dissimilar hard drive. 

For a backup set that is intended to be used as a disaster recovery utility by backing it up and restoring it to the same PC, not to a different one. Therefore, you cannot turn to Windows tools.

Restore Windows 10 to different machine via AOMEI Backupper

In the case that Windows tools couldn’t fix existing issues, you need the help of third-party backup software. There is a function named Universal Restore in AOMEI Backupper, could offer assistance. This program supports any version of Windows 10, Windows 8/8.1, Windows 7, Vista and XP. 

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What’s more, the aforementioned function also applies to physical-to-virtual(P2V) and virtual-to-physical(V2P) migration. A few clicks could help you reach the purpose of restoring the system to dissimilar hardware.


You need to prepare a Windows 10 backup image. Besides, to start the destination computer, there are two ways available. One is using the bootable disk to start, the other is using PXE boot tool to start. If there are more than two computers, especially for enterprise users, you are suggested to start up these computers by PXE boot.

Tips: after you created the bootable media on the USB drive, you can copy Windows 10 backup image to the boot USB flash drive, or upload it to network drive.

Steps to restore Windows 10 backup to dissimilar hardware

Step 1. You have to set AOMEI bootable media as the boot device in BIOS (press Del, Esc, or F2 to enter BIOS when your computer start.), and the PC will automatically guide you into AOMEI Backupper. 

Click Restore on the left panel. Then click Select Image File to select the Windows 10 backup image (usually it is an .ISO file. ).

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Step 2. If the Windows 10 backup is saved on network drive, choose Share/NAS > Add Network Location, and type the display name, IP address, username and password of your network drive. Then, you select the backup image.

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Step 3. Choose the destination disk you want to restore, then click Next.

Select Destination

Step 4. Preview all the operations. After your confirmation, you can Start Restore. When the execution has been finished, click Finish, then you have completed restoring Windows 10 backup to dissimilar hardware.

Restore Windows 10 Backup to Dissimilar Hardware

Tips: The Universal Restore option is ticked by default if the program detects any hardware of target computer is different from the source computer. This program also suggests you to check SSD Alignment box if the destination disk is an SSD.


AOMEI Backupper Professional makes restoring Windows 10 backup to dissimilar hardware easy as you can see. Create Windows 10 backup image, make bootable media, place backup image on the bootable media. Boot the target PC with bootable media, and perform restoration there. That is clear. This operate guidance can be applied in other operating systems as well. Also, AOMEI Backupper is a good alternative to File History in Windows 10, and Windows 8.