Use Veeam to restore Windows 10 OS to different hardware

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I have created several backups of Microsoft Surfaces running the Windows 10 Professional OS that I would like to restore to Lenovo T470 laptops.

These Microsoft Surfaces are running the Windows 10 Professional OS and are not running Windows 10 OEM software.

Does Veeam have any ways of restoring backup images to dissimilar hardware? I will gladly purchase new Windows 10 licenses to do this if necessary.
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Jackie Man IT Manager
Top Expert 2010

Does Veeam have any ways of restoring backup images to dissimilar hardware?

Yes. But you need to manually load the storage driver of your ThinkPad T470.

Besides, you will have to reactivate your OS licence as the hardware is different. Unless your Surfaces OS are using retail or volume licence, it will not be easy to do the reactivation.
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Expert of the Year 2017
Veeam Agent for Windows can restore to dissimilar bare metal, please see my EE Article

HOW TO: Perform a Physical to Virtual (P2V) Conversion the easy way from a computer backup (image).

Veeam Agent, was previopsuly called Veeam Endpoint, no license is required, and it can be done for free.

If you do not want to add the drivers for the new bare metal computer, the easiest method we've found is to create the recovery media on the destination computer you want to restore to, this then copies the drivers to the recovery media, and injects them at restore!

We've restore to dissimilar hardware, moved OS between laptops, moved from laptops to virtual machines, virtual machines to desktops and laptops, it's easy!
John TsioumprisSoftware & Systems Engineer

Unless you have some tough to configure applications i don't see much benefit in restoring your OS images to dissimilar the benefit of fresh installation...choose your installation strategy and keep your Surfaces as they are...they are always have a place..
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Restoring a backup to dissimilar hardware should ONLY happen in a disaster recovery scenario it is NOT a viable deployment strategy as you are describing. And does have legal implications as well.

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