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Windows 7: transfer OS and everything to new build?

22 May 2014   #1
shokan2

Windows 7 Pro 64bit
 
 
transfer OS and everything to new build?

I've got a Windows 7 installation on a laptop with the OS, browser, file locations, and all installed apps just as I like it. Is there a way to take the whole thing over to a blank hard drive in a new build without having to do everything all over again item by item (install OS, install apps etc etc etc) which typically would literally take all day?


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22 May 2014   #2
derekimo

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Have a look at this tutorial,

Windows 7 Installation - Transfer to a New Computer

Pay close attention to the two warning boxes at the top.

If the OS on your laptop came preinstalled, meaning it's an OEM copy, you're out of luck since it can't be transferred to another computer.
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22 May 2014   #3
shokan2

Windows 7 Pro 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by derekimo View Post
Have a look at this tutorial,

Windows 7 Installation - Transfer to a New Computer

Pay close attention to the two warning boxes at the top.

If the OS on your laptop came preinstalled, meaning it's an OEM copy, you're out of luck since it can't be transferred to another computer.
This is great information. By any chance, is there a commercially available software that will automate this same process (ie. make simpler-I'm no wiz), such as some type of imaging application?
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22 May 2014   #4
derekimo

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Macrium is pretty popular here,

Image your system with free Macrium

Then you could use method two here,

Windows 7 Installation - Transfer to a New Computer

Did the OS on your laptop come preinstalled?
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22 May 2014   #5
shokan2

Windows 7 Pro 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by derekimo View Post
Macrium is pretty popular here,

Image your system with free Macrium

Then you could use method two here,

Windows 7 Installation - Transfer to a New Computer

Did the OS on your laptop come preinstalled?
No. I did a fresh install from Windows disc.
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22 May 2014   #6
derekimo

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So you bought a retail copy?
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22 May 2014   #7
shokan2

Windows 7 Pro 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by derekimo View Post
So you bought a retail copy?
Yes.
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22 May 2014   #8
derekimo

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You should be good with the info above then.
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22 May 2014   #9
badger906

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, & Mac OS X 10.9.2
 
 

you also run I to the relms of driver issues. all the drivers installed will not be compatible with thise of your new build pc. so youll have to go througj and install all the drivers ect.

its always best to do a fresh install.. it doesnt take long, and you wont be saddled with all the crapware and guff youve collected slowing the system down.

I format my pc ever few months, I have all the drivers loaded on a pen drive so the all instal within a few mins. and the software I want again probably takes a maximum of 20 minutes to install.

games and things I back up via steam/origin and they install in the back ground.
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22 May 2014   #10
shokan2

Windows 7 Pro 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by badger906 View Post
you also run I to the relms of driver issues. all the drivers installed will not be compatible with thise of your new build pc. so youll have to go througj and install all the drivers ect.

its always best to do a fresh install.. it doesnt take long, and you wont be saddled with all the crapware and guff youve collected slowing the system down.

I format my pc ever few months, I have all the drivers loaded on a pen drive so the all instal within a few mins. and the software I want again probably takes a maximum of 20 minutes to install.

games and things I back up via steam/origin and they install in the back ground.
Glad you said this. I think you're right and that's the way I I'm going to go. Thanks for the replies.
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