Backing up/copying Windows 10 in a manner that it can be installed on a new machine.

My Aspire E5-575-33BM input power jack is failing.  Before attempting repair,  I need plan B: backing up its Windows 10 in a manner that it can be installed on a new machine, including all applications/files and registry.
John ShackelfordAsked:
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Tom CieslikIT EngineerCommented:
AOMEI BACKUPER Standard - free

You can make image of whole system to external drive and restore it to new clean disk/computer
If hardware is the same there will be no problem with activation

John ShackelfordAuthor Commented:
Does "clean" mean that the new machine must be blank, i.e., no OS?
Does "hardware" mean that the new machine is a Windows 10 machine?  Or are we getting into realm of how the hard drive is structured?  (Sorry, I don't remember any of the disk drive attributes any more <sigh>.)
Dariusz TykaICT Infrastructure Specialist Senior Commented:
Or Veeam Agent for Windows 2.0 free. It allows you to create recovery CD so you can boot and recover system on the same or dissimilar hardware. On new hardware it might be necessary to insert drivers for hdd/raid controllers for system to boot properly.
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Tom CieslikIT EngineerCommented:
No it doesn't but sometimes if you recovering backup to computer with 2 partitions (hidden for system and C drive ) you are able to select only one partition so your hidden partition will be duplicated.

In case like this I always run new (target) computer using Windows installation DVD and go to Command prompt and do CLEAR on target hard drive using diskpart.

select disk 0
create partition primary

THis will clean disk and whole disk will be available for restore

Hardware is hardware and has nothing to do with OS.
If you want to recover on similar hardware OS will be overwritten
there are many tools for making an image of your disk
Personally, i use the free Paragon software :
you can put this backup on an external, or internal drive
but if chances are you loose power while running  the backup - i suggest:
to connect your Aspire drive to a working PC, and run the backup from there
Any imaging solution will do including windows' built-in imaging. Do you know where to find it? In the start menu, type "backup". It will let you click on "backup settings". In there, go to "backup and restore (windows 7)", that's the image backup. Don't let "(Windows 7)" fool you, it works for win10 as well. Best would be to use an USB3-connected backup drive with ample space for the backup.

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shackjohn, don't abandon this, please - you asked for help, now your feedback is needed :-)
John ShackelfordAuthor Commented:
At the end of the day I'm a wimp.  In my earlier days I would try for one of the free solutions, but, alas, I've opted for Acronis AND the Windows "7" backup (plus repair disk).  (Most backups fail during recovery, for a host of reasons.)  Did I choose wisely, the proof will be in the doing.
My thanks to all!
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