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  • 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.