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Disk Level Backup - VHD - Windows 7 - Issues restoring

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Last Modified: 2015-03-21
I have a backup of a Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit PC which creates a .vhd file.  This disk level backup is said to be hardware agnostic and can restore on dissimilar hardware.  The PC it was originally on is dual CPU, the PC which I'm trying to a restore on is a single CPU older machine (going from a PC with dual E5-2620s to a PC with single Xeon 5400 series CPU).

The restore process is like this one - where you put in the Windows 7 disc and then repair and select the system image on the network/etc
http://www.askthecomputertech.com/windows-system-recovery.html

After it successfully goes through this process, the PC reboots, similar to a new installation, and then it starts to boot, the screen flashes the "Windows" logo and then it reboots again...this time it says it failed last time and do I want to go repair it/etc.

The only thing I can think of that might be tripping this up, is the fact that I'm going from dual cpu hardware to single cpu hardware, but again I'm trying this because my understanding is the backup file works on dissimilar hardware per manufacturers' claims.

Aside from my own assumption above, is there another reason this may not be working?  Any advice on how I can get this .vhd file to be restored?
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