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Windows 7: Restoring backup from one pc to another.

10 Aug 2011   #11

Win7 Ultimate 64bit

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
You will be fine restoring an image to a different machine.

Depending on the hardware , it may start up ok.

If not, you can run one of the commercial apps. - e.g. Paragon Adaptive Restore which only takes a couple of seconds.

( I have successfuly done it by hand - a few adjustments to the system hive - not that difficult )

You then just need to put in a product key which is valid for that new machine.
Nice one there. See HERE also. Might come in handy.

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10 Aug 2011   #12

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1

How often does an average user need to transfer to a new system. Rarely I would think.
In transferring expensive software like Photoshop CS5, Sibelius etc. will this be straightforward via the imaging approach? No risk of getting your paid software on a blackban list?
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10 Aug 2011   #13

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Vista x64 / 7 X64

I don't have any software like that.

Why is it different installing afresh - then installing your fancy paid apps. on the new hardware?

If they are limited in some way to the first machine - then that limit still applies if you reinstall afresh to the new machine - no idea what you are getting at.
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10 Aug 2011   #14

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1

What am I getting at:
1) The "?" marks in my post mean a question or a degree of uncertainty. I am inviting a knowledgeable response so people don't get caught with licensing problems.
2) The software examples I gave need to be deactivated on an old machine and reactivated on the new. Will reactivating an imaged version on new hardware work? Maybe, maybe not.
3) I know what "expensive" and "useful" means but don't know what "fancy" means in the current context. CS5 and Sibelius are used widely by professionals and serious amateurs.
4) Do you consider any advantage with a clean install on a new machine? I do others may not.

Most of the imaging companies have products to assist image transfer to a new PC. If it suites you then give it a try.
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11 Aug 2011   #15

Win7 Ultimate 64bit

We had an experience previously at our office with AutoCad 2008 and Adobe CS3. When we recovered an image we had to go and activate it again. I believe they (like Autocad) are allowed a certain number of re-installations. When you reach that you'd have to contact support for re-activation/verification..not sure about that but I'll ask our IT about it.
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11 Aug 2011   #16

Windows 7 Home premuim 64 bit

Thanks again guys for all the advice. I've attempted to move some of my files tonight and it seem to be easy enough. I've moved my Docs so far by simply going to Control Panel - Back up or restore your files - Select another back or restore files from and it seem to work easy enough. I will attempt to move my pictures and music over over the weekend. Assume it will be just as easy. Only thing I don't understand in my ignorance is why it's not saving the folder that I moved over 'My Documents' to My Documents in The Library? It dumps it in C: Acer - Users - and then in My folder. It's not a problem, just curious. Thanks again.
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11 Aug 2011   #17

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit

Glad to hear you are making good progress and thanks for keeping us up-to-date.

In answer to your query, I think it's related to the the fact that a library doesn't actually store folders. It just POINTS to where files are stored by using junction points and symbolic links, which are virtual folders that you can't see.

For example, My Documents resides under C:\Users\User Name\My Documents and the library will just point to that location.

Get to know libraries - Explore Windows - Microsoft Windows
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11 Aug 2011   #18

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by seavixen32 View Post
For example, My Documents resides under C:\Users\User Name\My Documents and the library will just point to that location.
? Typo
C:\Users\User Name\Documents
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