Want to restore Windows image backup to different hardware? It can be done and MiniTool ShadowMaker Universal Restore helps to fix the incompatible issues after you restore a system image to another PC with dissimilar hardware. 

Restoring system to original hardware or identical hardware is easy. However, if you try to restore system to dissimilar hardware, the restored system is likely to fail to boot. This is because the new hardware is incompatible with the critical drivers included in the system. Thus, the Universal Restore feature can help to install and update drivers to solve some incompatible problems.

MiniTool Universal Restore technology enables you to restore your system to any available machine. If you are trying to restore system to a computer with a dissimilar processor, motherboard, or chipset, MiniTool Universal Restore is useful. This utility will find and install necessities for devices that are critical for the current operating system to start up.


To restore Windows backup to a different computer, ensure that you have the bootable edition of MiniTool ShadowMaker created by MiniTool Media Builder. Then, use the Restore feature to restore the system image to the hard drive of a crashed computer. Next, use Universal Restore to finish the incompatibility repair.

How to Carry out Universal Restore:

Step 1. Enter WinPE created by MiniTool ShadowMaker.

Step 2. Under Tools, select Universal Restore.

MiniTool ShadowMaker Universal Restore

Step 3: MiniTool Universal Restore will automatically detect and list the operating systems installed on the hard drive for you to choose. Select the operating system to be restored and press the Restore button. When the process is finished, you can exit WinPE and boot Windows on dissimilar hardware successfully.

restore system to dissimilar hardware


Before you click Restore, you can also click Add Driver Folder to add some driver folders.

add driver folder

To know more information about how to restore Windows image backup to different hardware, you can refer to our related post – How Can You Do Windows Backup Restore to Different Computer.

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