Restore Windows 10/8/7 System Image to New/Different Computer

Jean updated on Apr 04, 2019 to Backup Utility | How-to Articles

Can I Restore A System Image to A New Computer?

"Do you know how to recover or restore Windows system backup image to another computer with dissimilar hardware? I upgraded my Windows 7 computer into Windows 10, but recently, it became extremely slow.  I bought a new computer. And I'm thinking to backup Windows 10 system and transfer the system image to the new computer rather than reinstalling all Windows 10 again. But how? Can I do a system image transfer to a different computer without reinstallation?"

When You Need to Restore System to A New Computer

Why it's so necessary to restore Windows system image to a new computer? Here we'll list you some reasons about why and when you need to transfer or migrate the system to a new computer.

1. The computer gets old and hardware fails

When the computer gets old or gains hardware failure error, relevant issues like data erosion and system failure may also occur to your PC.

A timely, cost-effective manner to combat this issue is to replace the old PC with a new one with dissimilar hardware.

Therefore, to restore the system image, including data backup, to a new computer with dissimilar hardware can be a critical issue and quick access to avoid disaster strikes on your old PC.

2. System transferring or migration without reinstalling Windows

Restoring the system to a new computer is also known as to recover/migrate OS to dissimilar hardware, which means that you can transfer and restore a complete Windows-based system image to a new computer without reinstalling Windows OS. 

Important
If you need to replace failed hardware with a new computer and can't find an exact match for your original system specifications, or if you simply need to upgrade your computer to a dissimilar hardware, in those cases, stable and secure system backup and restore software would do a lot of help.

How to Restore Windows 10/8/7 to A New computer (with Dissimilar Hardware)

Professional backup software with restore to dissimilar hardware feature allows you to easily restore the system to dissimilar hardware.

First, choose system backup software for system transfer

EaseUS Todo Backup is designed to back up Windows system and restore the image to a hardware platform with a dissimilar processor, different motherboard or a different mass storage device, as well as ensure the server or workstation can boot its operating system normally after a restoration/deployment.

With it, you can complete the following operation:

  • Instant recovery from a failed hardware after disaster strikes and cannot find an exact match for the original system specifications.
  • Upgrade or migrate the system to a new different computer.
  • Save time for system deployment with hardware independence.

Here are some important tips for you to keep in your mind before starting your task:

  • To backup or copy your important data to an external storage device is also necessary.
  • To create a system backup should be the very first step for you to transfer and restore Windows system image to a new computer.

Second, restore the system image to a new computer

Here below, you'll find detail tutorial steps about how to restore Windows system backup to dissimilar hardware right 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.

 
 

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Frequently Asked Questions

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.

About EaseUS Todo Backup

Be it a file, system, partition, or disk, EaseUS Todo Backup will help you back up or clone the item and provide you with multiple backup plans.