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Windows 7: New laptop, use old hard drive?!

23 Mar 2013   #31
RunOrDie

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

*UPDATE*
So I received an update from Sony Canada and they notified me saying that once the Vaio arrives at Sony Canada HQ, their service team will be the ones doing the conversion to Windows 7, since the laptop is indeed the newer version with Windows 8...

So I assume all drivers and such would work properly with Windows 7? Is it also safe to say I can swap drives then?

I was wondering if they can install Windows 7 onto the hard drive and make it work, then my Solid State Drive should have no problems. Since the replacement laptop is indeed the Windows 8 version, Sony Canada will be installing Windows 7 onto it. So all of the drivers, hardware should be working as they will be the ones installing/converting to Windows 7 and making it work properly.

PS:Once they install Windows 7, then do you think the tech team know enough to install all of the correct drivers and etc to make the laptop run perfectly?
So then the question of will my Windows 7 SSD work if I swap..


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23 Mar 2013   #32
gregrocker

 

You seem to be confused with XP which requires a search for drivers. Win7 is a driver-complete OS that provides all of the drivers in the installer and via optional Windows Updates, so once you get online do all rounds of Important and Optional Updates after enabling Automatically deliver drivers via Windows Update (Step 3).

Then you only need to concern yourself with any drivers still missing in Device Manager, or if stuck with Standard VGA display driver will want to import the latest from the PC's Support Downloads webpage.

All of this is detailed along with other tools and methods that assure a perfect install in Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7
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23 Mar 2013   #33
RunOrDie

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
You seem to be confused with XP which requires a search for drivers. Win7 is a driver-complete OS that provides all of the drivers in the installer and via optional Windows Updates, so once you get online do all rounds of Important and Optional Updates after enabling Automatically deliver drivers via Windows Update (Step 3).

Then you only need to concern yourself with any drivers still missing in Device Manager, or if stuck with Standard VGA display driver will want to import the latest from the PC's Support Downloads webpage.

All of this is detailed along with other tools and methods that assure a perfect install in Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7
Thanks for your help Greg!

BTW, what is XP?

Also, I have all of the required drivers on my SSD to ensure a working Windows 7 (I am using my SSD now). And when the Sony tech team is installing Windows 7 onto my Windows 8 laptop, I am pretty sure they will install the correct drivers as well.

So why can't I just swap hard drives again, besides the activation issue?
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23 Mar 2013   #34
gregrocker

 

As long as the BIOS settings are the same as you had previously, e.g. turn off Secure Boot, enable Legacy BIOS if Win7 wasn't installed in UEFI (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface) - Install Windows 7 with - Windows 7 Forums, ACHI preferred mode.

Then you should be able to swap in the Win7 HD and if it won't start due to the hardware change, adjust it to start on new hardware using Paragon Adaptive Restore CD freeware. Burn the ISO to CD using Windows Image Burner, boot to P2P adjust the Win7 OS, provide any SATA driver requested.

Once Win7 boots and swaps out all drivers requesting several restarts, get online to run all Important and Optional Windows Updates after enabling Automatically deliver drivers via Windows Update (Step 3), change the Product Key at Computer>Properties so it re-records the hardware signature associated with the WIn7 retail Product key.
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23 Mar 2013   #35
ICIT2LOL

Desk1 7 Home Prem / Desk2 10 Pro / Main lap Asus ROG 10 Pro 2 laptop Toshiba 7 Pro Asus P2520 7 & 10
 
 

[QUOTE=RunOrDie;2335344]
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
You seem to be confused with XP which requires a search for drivers. Win7 is a driver-complete OS that provides all of the drivers in the installer and via optional Windows Updates, so once you get online do all rounds of Important and Optional Updates after enabling Automatically deliver drivers via Windows Update (Step 3).

Then you only need to concern yourself with any drivers still missing in Device Manager, or if stuck with Standard VGA display driver will want to import the latest from the PC's Support Downloads webpage.

All of this is detailed along with other tools and methods that assure a perfect install in Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7
Thanks for your help Greg!


Also, I have all of the required drivers on my SSD to ensure a working Windows 7 (I am using my SSD now). And when the Sony tech team is installing Windows 7 onto my Windows 8 laptop, I am pretty sure they will install the correct drivers as well.


BTW, what is XP?
I think and I stand to be corrected Runordie Greg means the old Windows XP OS but I suppose I could be wrong
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08 Apr 2013   #36
RunOrDie

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

OK, so finally I can update you guys on my situation.

So today was the day I received my replacement laptop.

Too my surprise, I still can't access the BIOS menu...I pressed F2 (Which always worked for me in the past), DELETE, F8 etc. and non of them work. They all bring me up to the Windows Boot Manager.

And furthermore, when I swapped drives, on the replacement laptop, all I get is Operating System Not Found...

So I ran CPU-Z and indeed the replacement does have a different BIOS. So should I download the same one and install it on the replacement?

Also, my SSD is UEFI, don't know if that helps or not...

PS: To make my exciting day worse, I found a blue stuck/dead pixel...URGH, don't know what I can do about that...
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08 Apr 2013   #37
gregrocker

 

As the new laptop is using UEFI BIOS it may be accessible following the method shown in Downgrade Windows 8 to Windows 7 to Disable Secure Boot.
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08 Apr 2013   #38
RunOrDie

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Thanks for the advice, but my replacement is already using Windows 7 OS. Sony has already converted the Windows 8 hard drive into Windows 7.

But as I insert my Windows 7 SSD, it has "Operating System Not Found."
Also, I can't access my BIOS in the replacement laptop...I access my BIOS from my original laptop by pressing F2...but not the case with the replacement...I tried every other possibility I know.
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08 Apr 2013   #39
ICIT2LOL

Desk1 7 Home Prem / Desk2 10 Pro / Main lap Asus ROG 10 Pro 2 laptop Toshiba 7 Pro Asus P2520 7 & 10
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by RunOrDie View Post
Thanks for the advice, but my replacement is already using Windows 7 OS. Sony has already converted the Windows 8 hard drive into Windows 7.

But as I insert my Windows 7 SSD, it has "Operating System Not Found."
Also, I can't access my BIOS in the replacement laptop...I access my BIOS from my original laptop by pressing F2...but not the case with the replacement...I tried every other possibility I know.
Found this mate might not even work but worth try as it seems there are a lot of VAIO owners with the same problem

Sony Vaio UEFI BIOS Windows 7 8
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