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2018 Best Free Universal Restore Software Is Available for Universal Recovery

Updated on Apr 22, 2019 by Brithny to Backup Utility

This tutorial article mainly tells how to perform a risk-free universal recovery by creating backups of system and data and restoring them to dissimilar hardware. 2018 best free universal restore software - EaseUS Todo Backup is available for you to download and apply to migrate data and perform a universal restore of your system to a new computer with ease now.

Why do you need to perform a universal restore

Universal Restore means to restore your Windows Operating System (OS) with saved data to a new computer with dissimilar hardware as your present machine. Sometimes, you may need to transfer all data to a new computer. But sometimes, you may want to move the system only to a different hardware PC.

Universal Restore.

Here is a list of major reasons why and when that you should need to perform a universal restore, and you can check whether you are currently having a similar problem or not:

  • Your system hardware fails or needs to be repaired.
  • You have changed hardware after the system backup.
  • You need to transfer the system to a new computer without reinstallation OS.

So how to perform a universal restore for data migration and system restoration to different hardware? You can either try universal restore software or to copy each file to new hardware and reinstall the system.

How to Perform Universal Recovery?

Migrating Data and Restoring System to Dissimilar Hardware

Generally, there's no way to directly perform a universal recovery from PC to another computer with dissimilar hardware. So your only choice is to apply a third-party universal restore software for help.

Download a Windows backup software with universal restore feature for help 

EaseUS Todo Backup can help you restore the system image to a new computer. This method is more popular and convenient. Some C drive installed programs and applications will also be restored to the new PC by using this software.

Note: This method also works when you change your hardware after system backup on your original computer. 

Do you need a detailed guide? Follow to see the detail steps of how to use universal restore software for restoring to dissimilar hardware now.

Tutorial: How to perform universal recovery with universal restore software

EaseUS universal restore software - Todo Backup, an advanced data backup, and system backup software, with centralized management of desktops and laptops, for business users, medium and large enterprises, is provided by EaseUS.

It can perform the backup, restore and clone together with itself. You can also use it to perform the universal restore and migrating system and data without any obstacles.

What benefits will you get by applying this software to restore the system to different hardware?

  • Backup: Set schedule to back up the system automatically at set intervals or only backup changed parts with incremental backup or differential backup, providing constant protection for the system.
  • Recover: Restore a failed system to different hardware in minutes only, deploy operating systems with complete hardware independence.
  • Clone: Clone disk or partition to migrate data.
  • Cost-saving: With EaseUS Todo Backup, it is cost-effective and 100% free within 30 days. 

Steps to perform a universal restore to dissimilar hardware with EaseUS Todo Backup:

Before applying EaseUS Todo Backup to restore the system to dissimilar hardware, do remember to create system backup image first by using EaseUS Todo Backup. Then follow the next steps to perform a universal restore and restore the system to dissimilar hardware now:

Step 1. Create an emergency disk on a healthy computer

To save your time and energy, we'd like to suggest you create an emergency disk to a USB or external hard drive rather on a healthy computer with EaseUS Todo Backup.

1. Connect an empty USB flash drive or external hard drive with over than 100GB space to your PC.
2. Run EaseUS Todo Backup and click "Tools > Create Emergency Disk".

Create emergency disk for transfer OS to new computer.

3. Choose USB as the disk location to create the emergency disk which will help you boot computer when it fails to boot or restore the system to dissimilar new PC.
4. Click "Proceed".

Start creating emergency disk for system transfer.

Step 2. Create a Windows system image backup for restoring to dissimilar hardware

1. Run EaseUS Todo Backup on the healthy computer and click "System Backup" on the left pane.
2. Choose the Windows OS and specify the USB flash drive which contains the emergency disk as the destination disk to save system image.
If you are worried about data loss issue by saving the system image to the emergency disk drive, you may also save system backup to another empty external hard drive with over 100GB free space.

Create system image for transferring system to new computer.

This will help you create a full backup of the whole Windows system and all installed programs, applications on your C drive to the selected device.

3. Click "Proceed" to start creating a system backup image to the target device.

Step 3. Boot the dissimilar hardware/computer from EaseUS Todo Backup emergency disk

1. Connect the USB flash drive or external hard drive with emergency disk and system backup image to the new computer.
2. Restart PC and press F2/F8 to boot into BIOS.
3. Change boot drive and set the computer to boot from the EaseUS Todo Backup emergency disk.
Then you'll enter EaseUS Todo Backup main interface.

Step 4. Transfer and recover the system to dissimilar hardware or new computer

1. On EaseUS Todo Backup main window, click "System Transfer". 

Start transferring system to new computer.

2. Select the system image on your drive and click "OK" to continue.

Choose system image to transfer.

3. Specify the disk to save system image and tick "System Transfer" in Advanced options, click "OK" to save changes.
Then click "Proceed" to start transferring system and even some installed programs on system C: drive to the new hardware computer now.

Start transferring system to the new computer.

Step 5. Restart PC with transferred system
1. Change boot sequence in BIOS to set the computer to boot up from the drive with the transferred system.
2. Save all changes and restart your computer.
3. Update all drive drivers and programs to ensure all things will work just fine on the new computer.