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Windows 7: Can I use a backup after a fresh install?

02 Feb 2011   #1
Tarka Dal

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Can I use a backup after a fresh install?

Is it possible to use my Backup for a fresh install on a brand new hard drive?
Will it leave me with exactly the same setup as i have now?
Ta! very much
Thankyou for your replies...




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02 Feb 2011   #2
OldMX

Microsoft Windows 8.1 Professional
 
 

I think yes, but that depends of the backup software, what did you use to create the backup?
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02 Feb 2011   #3
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 

Yes and yes:

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02 Feb 2011   #4
theog

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02 Feb 2011   #5
Tarka Dal

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I see. I am changing the Hard drive. Can I remove my installed windows 7 key and reinstall a differnet key on a completely different computer? That's a hard question...
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02 Feb 2011   #6
gregrocker
Microsoft MVP

 

If it's full or Upgrade version retail, you can move it to any hardware of your choice as long as it is on only one machine at a time. If it's factory or builder's OEM it is locked to the mobo first installed upon.

You don't need to SysPrep the HD to simply reimage old HD to new one. Win7 backup imaging allows change of HD which is why they want the image stored externally.
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02 Feb 2011   #7
Tarka Dal

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
If it's full or Upgrade version retail, you can move it to any hardware of your choice as long as it is on only one machine at a time. If it's factory or builder's OEM it is locked to the mobo first installed upon.

You don't need to SysPrep the HD to simply reimage old HD to new one. Win7 backup imaging allows change of HD which is why they want the image stored externally.
Cheers Greg That's it...Ta!
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02 Feb 2011   #8
Tarka Dal

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There we are it all took less than an hour...
Sorted!
Never to loose all my work again!
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