- The Windows version, including Service Packs, of the restore machine must match the original machine where the System State backup was taken.
- For example, if the original machine was Windows Server 2003 with Service Pack 2, the machine accepting the restore must also be Windows Server 2003 with Service Pack 2.
- Any variation will result in failure to restore.
- It is strongly recommended to restore System State to identical hardware as the original machine.
- Restore to similar hardware is usually possible, but may result in errors or failure to restore.
- The less similar the hardware to the original, the less likely it is that the System State restore will succeed.
System State restores to a Domain Controller with the Active Directory role can be very complex. Please refer to How to Restore System State on an Active Directory Domain Controller for full details.