How to Restore System Image to A Different Computer?

Jean updated on Apr 20, 2020 to Backup Utility | How-to Articles

Can you use the Windows system on another computer

As we know it is very easy to restore the image of files to another computer despite the difference of the configuration.

But can you restore a system image to a dissimilar computer with no regard for the configuration?

If a person is savvy about computers, he would definitely say "NO". The reason is that a different requirement of configuration on another computer. The operating system requires the computer to include certain drivers, without which the computer can't be successfully operated. 

Is there any effective way to restore a system image to another computer just as easy as to restore a file image to a dissimilar computer or restore a system image to a new computer?

Usually, backing up and restoring a computer's important files or data means to do all these on the same computer. If we want to restore a system image to a different computer as a way of migrating the Windows system to a different computer without reinstalling the OS and applications, things become more complicated.

How to restore the system image to a different computer

You may want to know what exactly you'll need to get things ready for system migration to another different computer. Here below is a list for you to know and prepare for this task:

1. Backup or copy important data to an external hard drive

If you have important data saved on your current PC, you can copy and save them to an external hard drive as a backup. 

2. Choose the right tool for system backup and transfer to a new computer

Although certain drivers are very important to install the Operating System successfully and different computers have different hardware configurations, there is still a feasible way that can do the system backup and transfer task.

Here EaseUS will provide you its best system backup and restore software - EaseUS Todo Backup for help. 

EaseUS Todo Backup can help you to solve this problem with System Transfer, a fully integrated module that restores the system image to a computer with a dissimilar processor, a different motherboard or a different mass storage device compared with the original computer in which you back up the system partition.

For Your Information:

If your current computer is 32 bit, but the target PC is 64 bit, you'll need to reinstall and redownload some applications or programs on the new computer.

With this software, you can restore one computer's system to another from the limitation of the difference of configuration.

Tutorial: Restore Windows system backup to a different computer

Step 1. Create an emergency disk to USB

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

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".

Note: The device on which the boot drive is created must be an MBR disk, and the first partition on it must be FAT32. 

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 transfer system to new PC.

4. Click "Create".

Start creating emergency disk for system transfer.

Step 2. Create System backup for transferring OS to a new computer

1. Click "System Backup" on the left pane.

2. Choose the Windows OS and specify the USB flash drive which contains the emergency disk to save system image.

If you are worried about the data loss issue by saving the system image to the emergency disk drive, you may also save system backup to another empty disk.

Create system image for transferring system to new computer.

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

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

1. Connect the USB flash drive or external hard drive with the 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. If you want to restore the system image to a GPT disk, you need to change the boot mode to EFI in BIOS. Then you'll enter EaseUS Todo Backup main interface.

Step 4. Transfer system to the new computer

  • Note: When restoring the system image to the new computer with “System Transfer”, the operation will erase the data on the target disk. You need to back up the files in advance or use an empty disk to restore to avoid data loss.

1. On EaseUS Todo Backup main interface, 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 the system to a new computer.

Start transferring system to the new computer.

Step 5. Restart PC with transferred system

1. Change the boot sequence in BIOS to set computer 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.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Why choose EaseUS Todo Backup?

"The easiest way to protect your data and system files."techradar

"EaseUS Todo Backup Free is one of the most popular free data backup applications available. This software offers a myriad of features and is extremely user-friendly. It provides a full system backup, meaning you can back up your entire operating system."TopTenReviews

"EaseUS ToDo Backup Home is a great backup program, well suited to the home and SMB space."PCWorld

What is the difference between Clone and Backup? In what cases should I use Clone?

Clone will copy one disk to another or one partition to another (unallocated space is also supported). Usually, this option is used to upgrade the current disk by creating an identical copy. Backup will generate a .PBD image file containing the selected files or system that can be restored from the .PBD image if needed.

What is the difference between System Backup and Disk Backup?

System Backup will auto-select the system boot related partition(s) as the backup source to make sure the system image can be restored properly. Disk/Partition Backup will allow you to manually select a whole disk or speficy a certain partition as the backup source. You will get the same backup result as System Backup if you manually select the system and boot partitions with the Disk/Partition Backup option.

As a computer newbie, what features should I use to protect my computer?

You can use System Backup to back up the system and boot partitions, use Disk/Partition backup to back up the data partition and add plans to run an automatic backup. If you use the computer frequently or have software that may cause boot failure of the computer, we would suggest you back up the computer every 1 to 2 days. For other situations, you can backup the computer once a week. In addition, you can schedule File Backup to back up the files which are changed frequently.

What kind of storage service should I use to save my backup images?

EaseUS Todo Backup can save backup images to internal disks, external disks, network drives, or free cloud(Google Drive, Dropbox, and OneDrive) and CD/DVD. It is suggested to save the images to the internal/external/network drives to save time as those kinds of disks have a better read-write speed. It is suggested NOT to save the image on the source disk, because once the disk is damaged, all the files on the disk will become unavailable and you will be unable to restore the image.

As a company network administrator, what features should I use to protect our internal computers?

It is recommended that you use the SQL Backup feature to back up your company's SQL server and Exchange Backup feature to back up the Exchange server. In addition, you can execute System Backup to back up the system and boot partitions on every computer and set a plan to execute the backup once a day or twice a week to ensure that the computer can be restored timely when it has boot issues. File Backup feature can be used to back up important user data. If there are a large quantity of computers, you can purchase EaseUS Backup Center to manage the backups on the client computers centrally.

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