With Acronis Universal Restore you can recover the image of your system to a machine with dissimilar hardware
This article applies to:
If you are using an earlier version of Acronis True Image Home, see respective articles:
Acronis Universal Restore is a module that allows changing Windows Hardware Abstraction Layer (HAL.dll) and install mass storage boot device drivers into the system.
It installs boot device drivers (e.g. hard drive or RAID controller drivers) into the system during the recovery process, so that the operating system can boot from this boot device. If there are proper NIC drivers present in the folder with the drivers, Acronis Universal Restore will copy them into the restored system and will schedule their installation on Windows boot-up.
(!) All the other drivers (e.g. video and sound card drivers, plug and play drivers) are not installed by Acronis Universal Restore, as they can be installed in Windows after the successful migration.
Acronis Universal Restore is applicable for:
Before restoring an image of your operating system, please ensure the following:
(!) Do not use Windows\System32\drivers folder as drivers source.
Restoring system backup with Acronis Universal Restore:
If the necessary backup does not appear in the list, press Browse to specify backup location and select the necessary backup.
(!) Acronis Universal Restore is not available for Nonstop Backup.
(!) Acronis Universal Restore patches the registry and installs the new drivers after the system is restored, so make sure the location with the drivers will still be available. For example, do not specify the search path for the drivers on the same disk to which you are restoring the backup. The recommendation is to have the drivers on a separate USB disk, or on a network share. It is also recommended to put all drivers(motherboard, chipset, hard disk controller) in the same folder.
For general description of the Acronis Universal Restore technology see Acronis Universal Restore.
See also Acronis True Image Home 2012.