Windows 10: How does restore to dissimilar hardware work?

Discus and support How does restore to dissimilar hardware work? in Windows 10 Backup and Restore to solve the problem; Say i have intel cpu and a nvidia gpu now which i do, And i want to replace everything Motherboard,CPU to AMD one, new RAM, and a AMD GPU. and i got a... Discussion in 'Windows 10 Backup and Restore' started by OxtailSnail, Sep 29, 2017.

  1. How does restore to dissimilar hardware work?


    Say i have intel cpu and a nvidia gpu now which i do, And i want to replace everything Motherboard,CPU to AMD one, new RAM, and a AMD GPU. and i got a backup software which supports restore to dissimilar hardware.

    my question is this what happens? whats the process like?

    :)
     
    OxtailSnail, Sep 29, 2017
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  2. qinada Win User

    How to transfer ssd to new computer with windows 10 without formating?

    You need to make a backup of SSD with a backup and restore software which supports restoring to a dissimilar hardware. One good solution is AOMEI Backupper with dissimilar hardware restore feature (Universal Restore).
     
    qinada, Sep 29, 2017
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  3. qinada Win User
    Restore files from backup from previous (crashed) computer to new computer

    Windows built-in Backup and Restore does not have the function to restore to a dissimilar hardware. You have to use a third party software with

    Universal Restore
    feature.
     
    qinada, Sep 29, 2017
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  4. dalchina New Member

    How does restore to dissimilar hardware work?

    Hello unfortunately you haven't stated which imaging software you are using.

    This outlines what happens when you use Macrium's Redeploy; Macrium Reflect is one which many contributors here use and recommend.
    ReDeploy a system to new hardware
    v5: How to use Macrium ReDeploy (ReDeploy, Restore, V5)

    Re-deploying Windows to new hardware using Macrium ReDeploy - KnowledgeBase - Macrium Reflect Knowledgebase

    Here's Aomei Backupper:
    Restore A System Image Backup to Computer with Dissimilar Hardware


     
    dalchina, Sep 29, 2017
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  5. I got Aomei Pro the link you provided made it sound easy, i thought it would be a lot more complicated then that.
     
    OxtailSnail, Sep 29, 2017
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  6. dalchina New Member
    Ok, let us know how it goes.
     
    dalchina, Sep 29, 2017
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  7. cereberus Win User
    They basically automatically update the drivers for the new device but without going through the oobe phase if you used sysprep to remove hardware drivers.
     
    cereberus, Sep 29, 2017
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  8. Cliff S New Member

    How does restore to dissimilar hardware work?

    Cliff S, Sep 29, 2017
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  9. Kari Win User
    That method is based on generalizing Windows with Sysprep, making it hardware independent. Sadly, that does no longer work as told in that tutorial in Windows 10. You can still use Sysprep to generalize a cleanly installed Windows 10 image before any users and software have been added, but you can't do it on existing Windows 10 installation.

    That's why that tutorial never was ported to Ten Forums.
     
  10. SIW2 Win User
    Sysprep doesn't work if store apps have been updated.
     
  11. Kari Win User
    Sysprep works perfectly on an existing Windows 10 installation, it's just that you can't use the /generalize switch when apps have been provisioned.
     
  12. cereberus Win User
    Redeploy is not quite the same as sysprep.

    In sysprep with generalisation, hardware drivers are removed, and when reinstalled on another device, Windows reinstalls appropriate drivers on first install.

    Redeploy updates drivers using the Redeployment Software, essentialness discarding those it does not need i.e. in effect doing the driver removal and addition as one step rather than two discrete steps as sysprepping/oobe does (i.e. removing all drivers first on old PC, then installing them on new PC).
    .

    Actually, Windows 10 driver handling is so good compared with previous versions, it pretty much works like redeploy automatically anyway.

    If you install Windows 10 in a VM, and make an image backup, and restore image to host, it just updates all the drivers automatically in most cases even if never installed on host before.

    Of course, if you do not have Redeploy capability, the cleanest solution is via sysprepping but that has its own Windows 10 issues as @Kari says. The slightly dirty solution is to use Windows 10 own driver handling ability.

    For a one change of hardware, it is barely necessary to sysprep any more, and even if any issues arise, most can be resolved from device manager.

    However if redeploying across multiple devices, sysprep is the way to go (if you do not have Redeploy capability) and it is free as well of course.
     
    cereberus, Sep 29, 2017
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  13. Cliff S New Member

    How does restore to dissimilar hardware work?

    Something I thought of, but don't know if it's required:

    Is the OP using a retail key(required)
    Does the OP need to deactivate the key first using slmgr /upk before he moves his system, then reuse it?
     
    Cliff S, Sep 29, 2017
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  14. cereberus Win User
    If solely a digital licence e.g. an upgrade from 7/8 in which case no.

    If key was a retail standalone key, then generally you can reactivate licence on new PC several times before it complains, and then you might need telephone activation, so no really.
     
    cereberus, Sep 29, 2017
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  15. Cliff S New Member
    Ok. Better to ask and learn, than die stupid(something they say in Germany, but sounds better in German too)
     
    Cliff S, Sep 29, 2017
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