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Windows 7: How best to use Macrium products?

09 Aug 2012   #1

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How best to use Macrium products?

I've decided on using Macrium to clone my Vista 32-bit laptop to a new, larger drive Dell (Windows 7) 64-bit laptop. Can I use Macrium Standard for this?

There's so much info about cloning via Macrium, some of it conflicting and confusing. And, as a newbie, I'm not sure about the answers to the following questions. I would appreciate your help in cutting through the fog:

Do I download Macrium Standard to old laptop (Vista 32-bit ) or to the new laptop (Dell 64-bit)? Or, can I use Macrium Free to clone old hard drive and use Macrium Standard on new laptop to restore image?

Then, when installing, do I select the architecture for the 32-bit (original laptop) or 64-bit (target laptop)?

Then, other than creating a Rescue Media CD and Backups, do I need to perform sysprep, or is this already taken care of in the Macrium software?


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09 Aug 2012   #2
mjf

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Avonnes View Post
I've decided on using Macrium to clone my Vista 32-bit laptop to a new, larger drive Dell (Windows 7) 64-bit laptop. Can I use Macrium Standard for this?

Then, other than creating a Rescue Media CD and Backups, do I need to perform sysprep, or is this already taken care of in the Macrium software?
I know you have clearly stated what you want to do but why not move on to Windows 7 x 64?
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09 Aug 2012   #3

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

That's what I'm trying to do & why I've asked for assistance with cloning my old computer.
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10 Aug 2012   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Most imaging/cloning programs that I'm aware of aren't going to do anything more than imaging/cloning/restoring. I don't use Macrium but many here do for the same reason I use the one I do, so I'm pretty sure it's the same. I think you're going to need to do a sysprep and then clone or image for the new machine. The following tutorial for a Windows 7 system may help you do what you're trying to do:

Windows 7 Installation - Transfer to a New Computer
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10 Aug 2012   #5
mjf

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

I think you are better transferring your apps and data manually. For paid/licensed apps you will need to deactivate and then reactivate.
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10 Aug 2012   #6

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If you clone you are going to replace your Windows 7 install with your current Vista 32bit. Do you really want to do that?
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10 Aug 2012   #7

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

@F5ing - If I clone my Vista after SysPrep, wouldn't that prevent the issue that
@ kado897 mentioned?
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10 Aug 2012   #8

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by kado897 View Post
If you clone you are going to replace your Windows 7 install with your current Vista 32bit. Do you really want to do that?
Doing a SysPrep before Cloning would prevent this from happening, or not?

P.S. Great Sig
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10 Aug 2012   #9

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mjf View Post
I think you are better transferring your apps and data manually. For paid/licensed apps you will need to deactivate and then reactivate.
Wouldn't cloning preserve my settings & customizations? I have all the requisite s/w licenses but I don't want to spend hours tweaking individual programs again. Why do you think manual transfer is better?
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10 Aug 2012   #10

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Think I finally saw the light.

Cloning my old computer to a new OS is not going to work. And, an image of my old computer using traditional imaging products can't be restored to Windows 7, either.

I came across some possible workarounds but I don't have time to test them out. So, I'm gonna follow the suggestion of @ mjf and do manual file transfer.


Thanks to all for the nudge in the right direction!
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