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
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.
- Read a full guide to this feature on Aomei’s official page here: Restore A System Image Backup to Computer with Dissimilar Hardware
Aomei Backupper – The best free imaging software just got even better
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.
- Check out Aomei Backupper and download the latest version here: Aomei Backupper Home Page
Thinking out loud: maybe it’s time Aomei donated a number of Aomei Backupper Pro licenses for a DCT giveaway – waddya reckon?