How to restore from Macrium Reflect backup to new PC with Windows 11 or Windows 10 – and keep your programs and files
Got a backup created using Macrium Reflect, and now you need to restore it to a new computer? If you do it manually, you’ll only get your files. However, in this article, we’ll learn how to restore not just your files, but also your programs, profiles, settings, emails, accounts and all the rest – from the Macrium Reflect image backup to a different computer.
Let’s see how!
Mount the Macrium Reflect backup to access its files and contents
The first step to recovery is performing what’s called a “mount” of the Macrium backup file on the new computer. This operation allows to gain access to the backup’s contents, and thus to perform a restore. Here is how to do it.
Make sure Macrium Reflect is installed on the computer. If it isn’t, you can download it from Macrium here.
Once Macrium is installed, launch it and switch to the Restore tab. Then, click “Open an image or backup file in Windows explorer” on the left.
Browse for the folder you have your backup in.
Macrium will then show the drives inside your backup (such as “(C:)”). Click OK to complete the mount process and open your backup drive.
After a brief waiting time, your backup will be mounted as a virtual drive.
Good job! At this point, you can already locate your old drives in Windows files and folders, and even copy some of your files to your new computer. Of course, manual copy of files is not what we are after – let’s see how to do a complete restore, including programs and settings, and to do it automatically.
Recover your files, settings, profile and programs from Macrium Reflect backup
Now that we have our backup accessible on the new computer, we’ll use Zinstall Migration Kit Pro to recover programs, settings files, emails, personalization, settings, documents and all the rest. The process is automatic and you won’t have to hunt everything down manually. Here is how to do it: