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How to restore from Paragon backup to new computer with Windows 11 or Windows 10 – and keep your programs and files

Got a backup created using Paragon, 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 Paragon image backup to a different computer.

Let’s see how!

Mount the Paragon backup to access its files and contents

Mount backup

The first step to recovery is performing what’s called a “mount” of the Paragon 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.

  1. Make sure Paragon is installed on the computer. If it isn’t, you can download it from Paragon here.
  2. Once Paragon is installed, launch it and switch to Advanced User Interface. Then, go to the “Archives” tab.
  3. In the list of backups at the botton, select the latest one and right click on it. Choose Mount the selected archive.
  4. 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 Paragon 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:

    1. On the new computer, run Zinstall Migration Kit Pro (you can download it here)

Windows XP

  1. Choose the “Moving from another hard drive” scenario (the “hard drive” here is our mounted Paragon backup)
  2. The Kit will automatically detect the mounted backup. Confirm the selection, and press Next.
  3. If you want to only recover some of the programs, or some of the files, use the Advanced menu to select which ones you want. If you want to just recover everything, simply click Next to continue.
  4. You will be presented with a quick summary of what’s about to be recovered – press “Go” to start the process.

That’s it – that’s how you restore a Paragon backup to a new computer!

Video – recovering programs, settings and files to a new computer