Aomei Backupper – Now Includes Restore to Dissimilar Hardware for FREE!

aomei-backupperAomei has become the first software company to provide an all important Restore To Dissimilar Hardware feature for FREE! No other free imaging program includes this feature. In fact, even if you buy the somewhat expensive Acronis True Image, you have to pay extra again to get this feature.

This is a real game-changer for free imaging software and one which should see Aomei Backupper’s popularity increase even further. Aomei Backupper Standard (which is the free version) was already a great piece of software which compared very favorably with alternatives, but the inclusion of a restore to dissimilar hardware feature now places it head and shoulders above all else.

Restore to Dissimilar Hardware – What it means

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Under normal circumstances, it’s extremely difficult to successfully transfer an existing operating system from one machine to another. If, say, you were to take a perfectly good hard drive running a perfectly good operating system and transfer it from one machine to another different machine, you would likely just end up with incessant blue screens of death.

This is because of the drivers which have been installed into the operating system to match the original hardware. When you then try to run that same operating system on different hardware, the drivers don’t match the new hardware so incompatibilities arise which in turn lead to BSoDs.

This issue can be overcome by utilizing imaging software which includes a Restore to Dissimilar Hardware feature. The process in Aomei Backupper is quite simple: create an image of a good working operating system on the old hardware and then restore that image to the new hardware using Aomei Backupper’s “Enable Universal Restore” option, which automatically detects any differences in hardware between the source computer and target computer.

*Of course, this still leaves those with OEM product keys the issue of re-activation. I must say though, I’ve found Microsoft’s attitude on this to have softened quite considerably of late, especially with regards to Windows 8/8.1.

Aomei Backupper – The best free imaging software just got even better

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Most regular DCT readers would already be aware of my thoughts regarding Aomei Backupper. For those who may have missed it, here is an earlier review: Aomei Backupper Free Imaging – Test & Review

When I discovered Aomei had included this new feature for free, I must admit to being quite shocked, I never expected to see this type of feature ever offered in a freeware. I hasten to add that neither myself nor DCT are affiliated or associated with Aomei in any way shape or form. I just happen to be an Aomei Backupper fan.

Thinking out loud: maybe it’s time Aomei donated a number of Aomei Backupper Pro licenses for a DCT giveaway – waddya reckon?


About the Author

Jim Hillier

Jim is the resident freeware aficionado at DCT. A computer veteran with 30+ years experience who first started writing about computers and tech back in the days when freeware was actually free. His first computer was a TRS-80 in the 1980s, he progressed through the Commodore series of computers before moving to PCs in the 1990s. Now retired (aka an old geezer), Jim retains his passion for all things tech and still enjoys building and repairing computers for a select clientele... as well as writing for DCT, of course.

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