How to restore from Windows Backup to a new computer with Windows 11 or Windows 10 – and keep your programs and files
Got a backup created using Windows Backup on an old computer, and need to restore it to a new computer? In this article, we’ll learn how to restore not just your files, but also your programs, profiles, settings, emails, accounts and all the rest – from the Windows image backup to a different computer.
Let’s see how!
Mounting the Windows Backup to access its files and contents
The first step to recovery is performing what’s called a “mount” of the Windows backup file on the new computer. This operation allows to gain access to the backup’s contents, and thus to perform a restore. Here is how to do it.
Find the folder in which your Windows backup is located.
In that folder, you will see several different files. Look for the largest one. It will be a VHD file, with a long name. This file contains the actual files of your backup.
Double-click on the .VHD file. This will cause it to appear in Windows as a mounted “virtual” drive, so that you can see its contents – it will appear as drive E: or something similar.
At this point, you can already locate your old drives in Windows files and folders, and even copy some of your files to your new computer. Of course, manual copy of files is not what we are after – let’s see how to do a complete restore, including programs and settings, and to do it automatically.
Recovering your files, settings, profile and programs from Windows Backup
Now that we have our backup accessible on the new computer, we’ll use Zinstall Migration Kit Pro to recover programs, settings files, emails, personalization, settings, documents and all the rest. The process is automatic and you won’t have to hunt everything down manually. Here is how to do it: