Acronis True Image Universal Restore

  1. To be able to download Acronis Universal Restore tool, you need to register your license of Acronis True Image 2014 Premium under your account on Acronis website. To use Acronis Universal Restore on a machine with dissimilar hardware, you need to: Download Acronis Universal Restore ISO image.
  2. Restore to dissimilar hardware procedure: Create an Acronis bootable media and boot the target computer (connect the media to your computer and restart the computer).; Perform recovery of the backed up system. From your Acronis account, download Acronis Universal Restore media builder and create a bootable media containing Acronis Universal Restore - a free tool available for Acronis.
Acronis True Image Universal Restore

Downloading and using Acronis Universal Restore

I have installed full versions of True Image 2015 Build 6055 and Disk Director 12 Build 3223 on Windows 7 professional 64bit. I created an Acronis Universal Boot Media with True Image 2015 Build 6055 + Disk Director 12 Build 3223 + Universal Restore. On the bootable media ATI2015 is shown as 'Not registered Version'. What´s going wrong.

This article applies to:

  • Acronis True Image 2014

Description

To be able to download Acronis Universal Restore tool, you need to register your license of Acronis True Image 2014 Premium under your account on Acronis website.

To use Acronis Universal Restore on a machine with dissimilar hardware, you need to:

  1. Download Acronis Universal Restore ISO image;
  2. Burn the ISO image to a CD/DVD (see Burning an ISO Image) or make a bootable flash drive (see Starting Acronis product from USB flash drive);
  3. Boot the machine with dissimilar hardware from Acronis Bootable Media and apply Acronis Universal Restore.
Downloading Acronis Universal Restore

Go to My Products & Downloads;

Locate Acronis Universal Restore and click Download:

Applying Acronis Universal Restore

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.

(!) Do not use WindowsSystem32drivers folder as drivers source.

(!) 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.

Prepare drivers

Before applying Universal Restore to a Windows operating system, make sure that you have the drivers for the new HDD controller and the chipset. These drivers are critical to start the operating system. Use the CD or DVD supplied by the hardware vendor or download the drivers from the vendor’s Web site. The driver files should have the *.inf, *.sys or *.oem extensions. If you download the drivers in the *.exe, *.cab or *.zip format, extract them using a third-party application (e.g. free 7-zip toolor any other).

The best practice is to store drivers for all the hardware used in your organization in a single repository sorted by device type or by the hardware configurations. You can keep a copy of the repository on a DVD or a flash drive; pick some drivers and add them to the bootable media; create the custom bootable media with the necessary drivers (and the necessary network configuration) for each of your servers. Or, you can simply specify the path to the repository every time Universal Restore is used.

Check access to the drivers in bootable environment

Gmt time zone to cst. Make sure you have access to the device with drivers when working under bootable media. Even if you configure system disk recovery in a Windows environment, the machine will reboot and recovery will proceed in the Linux-based environment. Use WinPE-based media if the device is available in Windows but Linux-based media does not detect it.

What if you do not have drivers

Windows 7 includes more drivers than the older Windows operating systems. There is a great chance that Universal Restore finds all necessary drivers in the Windows 7 driver folder. So, you may not necessarily have to specify the external path to the drivers. Nevertheless, performing Universal Restore is critical so the system uses the correct drivers.

The Windows default driver storage folder is determined in the registry value DevicePath, which can be found in the registry key

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersion.

This storage folder is usually WINDOWS/inf.

Acronis True Image Universal Restore

Apply Acronis Universal Restore

Acronis True Image Universal Restore

  1. Boot the machine from the Acronis Bootable Media;
  2. Select the Acronis Universal Restore option:
  3. Add a folder with the drivers under Automatic drive search:
  4. Click OK.

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More information

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