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Windows 7: Backup computer then restore on another computer

19 Jun 2014   #1
Matthew425

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-Bit
 
 
Backup computer then restore on another computer

Is it possible to back up everything on my computer with an external hard drive and then restore that backup on another computer?

I have crucial programs that i want to be in the backup and I need to make sure that I can use them when I restore on another computer.

Any help is appreciated!


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19 Jun 2014   #2
pricetech

Windows 7 Professional 64 bit
 
 

First of all, and this should go without saying, you'll need a second license to use your install of Windows on a second computer.
Having said that, it is possible to create an image of your hard drive and apply that image to another machine. I do it on a regular basis with a generic image.
BUT; We have licenses to cover every machine in the house, and I am always prompted for a key and activation no later than second boot of the "new" machine, just after shrug and pray sets up all the hardware.

So, in conclusion, if you have the license and the technical savvy, go for it.

Have fun.

Joe
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19 Jun 2014   #3
Matthew425

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-Bit
 
 

Yes I do have licenses, that is no problem at all. So again, just to make sure, my programs will work perfectly?

Also, should I be concerned about drivers? Will the wifi work?
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19 Jun 2014   #4
pricetech

Windows 7 Professional 64 bit
 
 

Well, your programs may require additional seats as well, but should work otherwise since we're talking an image here.

Drivers may be a different issue altogether. How similar is the hardware ??
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19 Jun 2014   #5
PSCO2007

Windows 7 Professional X64
 
 

You an use this program - Macrium Reflect FREE Edition - Information and download

Make a restore CD - instructions on Website and when launching the program.

After the backup, insert cd into the other computer, open the backup image (On external hdd and click Restore - to the second comp - C drive.)

Also download Macrium on the other computer and when launched, you can see the new backup.
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19 Jun 2014   #6
Matthew425

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-Bit
 
 

what do you mean by "additional seats" ? The program I want on my other computer has all sorts of different things it installs like dll files, ocx files, registry entries and some other stuff. Would it still work?

As for the hardware, they aren't similar but would it work if I install the drivers? The main thing I want though is for my program to work.
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19 Jun 2014   #7
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

"aren't similar" probably won't cut it.

You may need Paragon Adaptive Restore.

See this thread:

Make Windows 7 bootable after motherboard swap

Leaving aside whatever license issues you may have. It's up to you to know whether you have the right type of Windows license---e.g, retail, not OEM.
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19 Jun 2014   #8
PSCO2007

Windows 7 Professional X64
 
 

The backup image will have everything that is on your first computer.

All programs, drivers etc, settings and bookmarks will be on the new comp when you do the Restore.

You can also Mount the image and look at everything and run your programs.

ignatzatsonic is correct, but I assume your second comp is of recent vintage, and has the ability to run your programs.

You can run this program to see if your comp supports Win 7.

http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/downl...ils.aspx?id=20
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19 Jun 2014   #9
Matthew425

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-Bit
 
 

Alright thanks for your help; the computers are different, but they do run windows 7. As long as I can get my program to work and get internet, I think it will be ok.


Thank you to those who helped. I really appreciate it.
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