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Windows 7: hopefully one of you can clarify some things for me

04 Sep 2011   #1
mikenola

windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 
hopefully one of you can clarify some things for me

hey all, hopefully one of you can clarify some things for me.

The situation is that a Gateway Laptop from BestBuy died but HD is good. (It has a licensed proprietary app that I need!)
BestBuy of course was useless except to try and sell a new laptop, even with the "insurance".

Got comparable laptop, but only one available was an HP. (The gateway model was discontinued after only 4 months of production according to Best Buy because of hardware problems).

Putting the HD in the new HP of course won't boot.

The Gateway had win 7 Home (OEM) with an Anyware Upgrade to Ultimate applied. I have that license key but not the default key or the COA as BestBuy kept the chassis but sent back the HD.

To run SYSPREP, the system needs to be booted and active, so that seems to be out for me.

I have a Win 7 retail (technet) CD and Keys. Can I run the repair install from that and get a clean OOBE?

If not that, then will a download of Acronis 10 or Paragon Adaptive Restore create a bootable disk and run the "clone" (?) of the HD to an image that I can place over the native HP harddisk? Will it be clean and run the OOBE setup or will it also crash out?

What I am looking at is jumping through some hoops, but I really NEED an application that is on the old HD and can't spent
3K to get a re-install (and no they don't care that my other machine died).


Thanks for any help, I am kinda desperate for that data.

Mike


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06 Sep 2011   #2
randallrivy11

Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mikenola View Post
hey all, hopefully one of you can clarify some things for me.

The situation is that a Gateway Laptop from BestBuy died but HD is good. (It has a licensed proprietary app that I need!)
BestBuy of course was useless except to try and sell a new laptop, even with the "insurance".

Got comparable laptop, but only one available was an HP. (The gateway model was discontinued after only 4 months of production according to Best Buy because of hardware problems).

Putting the HD in the new HP of course won't boot.

The Gateway had win 7 Home (OEM) with an Anyware Upgrade to Ultimate applied. I have that license key but not the default key or the COA as BestBuy kept the chassis but sent back the HD.

To run SYSPREP, the system needs to be booted and active, so that seems to be out for me.

I have a Win 7 retail (technet) CD and Keys. Can I run the repair install from that and get a clean OOBE?

If not that, then will a download of Acronis 10 or Paragon Adaptive Restore create a bootable disk and run the "clone" (?) of the HD to an image that I can place over the native HP harddisk? Will it be clean and run the OOBE setup or will it also crash out?

What I am looking at is jumping through some hoops, but I really NEED an application that is on the old HD and can't spent
3K to get a re-install (and no they don't care that my other machine died).


Thanks for any help, I am kinda desperate for that data.

Mike
did u try putting the old hdd in a cradle and run sysprep on it from there
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06 Sep 2011   #3
marsmimar

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

 
 

I think what randallrivy11 is suggesting is that you buy an external enclosure for the old HD. The less expensive ones are about $10.

Newegg.com - enclosure 2.5 sata

You should be able to connect that enclosure to a working machine via USB port (just like any other external hard drive) and access the old HD contents.
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06 Sep 2011   #4
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

I'm not sure an image of the Gateway OS will work on the HP. OEM OSs are tied to a specific machine via hardware IDs. Hopefully you are able to reinstall the proprietary software on the HP.

You can use an external enclosure to recover/copy data from, but not installed programs unless you have the installer saved.
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06 Sep 2011   #5
DeaconFrost

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

You could possibly run repairs and repair installs to get the drive booting in the new HP, but I have to ask. If this proprietary app is so important, you have to be able to reinstall it somehow, right? If so, just pop your old drive into a cradle and pull off the data files.

Just remember, if you call the data important...then it needs to be backed up in the future.
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06 Sep 2011   #6
GEWB

Linux (Mint is primary) / XP, Win7 Home / Win7 Pro, Ultimate / Win8.1 / Win10 archived VM
 
 

Try craigslist or fleabay and find your model used/cheap - has to be better than paying $3k for your special application. Clone your old drive to the used laptop - do NOT install it into the used laptop.

Regards,
GEWB
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06 Sep 2011   #7
randallrivy11

Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by marsmimar View Post
I think what randallrivy11 is suggesting is that you buy an external enclosure for the old HD. The less expensive ones are about $10.

Newegg.com - enclosure 2.5 sata

You should be able to connect that enclosure to a working machine via USB port (just like any other external hard drive) and access the old HD contents.

yup im thinking he can run sysprep on it that way then install that image on to the same hdd, and it boot up after he installs it (the same hdd) in to the new computer.

then again i could be wrong...
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06 Sep 2011   #8
DeaconFrost

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

What company charges $3000 for an application, and offers no way of reinstallation?
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06 Sep 2011   #9
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

Very good question DeaconFrost. I just curious what program this is and how it was got.
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06 Sep 2011   #10
Zomby88

Windows 7 Ultimate 64Bit
 
 

What happened to the original poster ??????

And what do you mean by the laptop died ?

It could just need a new motherboard.

I would look to find a used one. Good suggestion.
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