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11 Jun 2012   #1

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First Time Poster, Long Time Reader...

I just joined because I wanted to ask a question or so. I completed A+ training early last year. Before that, I had experience with PC's going back to Windows 3.1, so installing OS or even building PC's is not an issue but as always you don't know all the answers.

I previously searched this site for information about swapping the motherboard, cpu (in this case APU) and memory, yet retaining the OS as installed on older hardware.

Initially this went off without a hitch (or so it seemed). On the old hardware, I swapped out the HDD for a SSD, did a BMR or Bare Metal Install (no previous OS) onto it using Windows Home Server 2011.

Worked great, no problems at all.

Undaunted, I picked out a time and place to replace the motherboard, apu and memory I had sitting here. Since its my HTPC, you can understand picking a spot to do hardware or even software upgrades since all the recording happens locally (on the client machine in question).

Then the problems started -

IPv6 was preventing the NIC (Realtek) from working, so I disabled it. Not a big deal if you're not using WHS 2011, but I am so to the HTPC, the server is not online nor is HomeGroups working...

Sort of minor, I know how to fix that.

The next problem and the more problematic was PlayReady. I read here that if you install anything but a new motherboard PlayReady works, but replace the motherboard and it knocks it out, something to do with the MAC address being different on the NIC or Motherboard itself.

I was able to use a tut on here to uninstall PlayReady, clean the cashe and it installed no problem. Of course all my Schedule to Record files were flushed, but that needed pruning anyway, not a big deal.

My first problem was watching Live TV at all. On flagged content I was getting Copy Protection and the usual can't record on a different machine (makes sense MAC is different), but I thought installing PlayReady. This even prevented Recording. It happen with the F1 race on Fox and the NASCAR race on TNT. But not the Speed TV re-broadcast of the F1 race? Hmmmm

I have no problems with content that isn't flagged.

My question(s) is -

Is there any hope in thinking this can be solved with some other method or do I have to nuke the whole thing and start over?

If I have to nuke it, can I use WHS to restore the Programs into the new install or do I have to make a fresh install of all the programs?

Thanks I want to get this solved before Le Mans this weekend....


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12 Jun 2012   #2

Windows 7 Home Premium 32-bit
 
 

So no reply????
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12 Jun 2012   #3
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 X64 (Windows 10, 8.1, Linux Mint, Windows XP and others in VM)
 
 

I am not sure what system you were running and what system you have now. Read this tutorial and see if running sysprep works for you. I have used it and it worked well for me.
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12 Jun 2012   #4

Windows 7 Home Premium 32-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by essenbe View Post
I am not sure what system you were running and what system you have now. Read this tutorial and see if running sysprep works for you. I have used it and it worked well for me.
Cool, thanks for the link. To be more specific -

I upgrade from Gigabyte 690 motherboard + Athlon 64x2 to a ASRock A75 board and A6-3500 APU.

I thought Sysprep was only for new installs...
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12 Jun 2012   #5
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 X64 (Windows 10, 8.1, Linux Mint, Windows XP and others in VM)
 
 

No, sysprep works for what you want to do. I used it when replacing a motherboard and GPU and it worked great. You just have to go through the set up just like a new install and install all of the GPU and motherboard drivers. Be sure to read the tutorial closely and make your user name something like test or anything because you are going to delete the user account you create. Your old user account is still there.
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14 Jun 2012   #6

Windows 7 Home Premium 32-bit
 
 

Sysprep claims this is an upgraded version of Windows. It sort of is.... I started with Windows 7 RC2, then when I had to upgrade to the retail release, I found a trick to allow Windows 7 Home Premium to install over RC2 and basically do the double install trick. When I updated all the hardware, I had to call up MS.

I had no problems on the old system that way, recently installed WHS 2011 onto the network, backup-ed everything and as I said even did a bare install of a previously saved image of my original HD onto an SSD, all worked, no problems. Its only now with changed Motherboard and APU that it sort of works.

I will updated this post if I do what I think what will work, works. Which is, do a clean install by allowing Windows to format the drive. Once its finished, run Sysprep as instructed and then went its time to put the image back on, do that.

If that fails... I'll keep you posted.
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14 Jun 2012   #7

Windows 7 Home Premium 32-bit
 
 

Sysprep claims this is an upgraded version of Windows. It sort of is.... I started with Windows 7 RC2, then when I had to upgrade to the retail release, I found a trick to allow Windows 7 Home Premium to install over RC2 and basically do the double install trick. When I updated all the hardware, I had to call up MS.

I had no problems on the old system that way, recently installed WHS 2011 onto the network, backup-ed everything and as I said even did a bare install of a previously saved image of my original HD onto an SSD, all worked, no problems. Its only now with changed Motherboard and APU that it sort of works.

I will updated this post if I do what I think what will work, works. Which is, do a clean install by allowing Windows to format the drive. Once its finished, run Sysprep as instructed and then when its time to put the image back on, do that.

If that fails... I'll keep you posted.

It fails (not really, read) -

I found the reg key that prevented Sysprep from running in the first place. I deleted that and Sysprep ran....

Its getting late (3:39am) and I am tired of messing with it. I put another image on the drive, but what I noticed is that it wanted to install the image on drive (D as my SSD some how became drive D: Didn't think much of it and it took over an hour to restore 55GB over 802.11n. It booted into Windows fine, so I setup Sysprep Generalize, set it to reboot since this is already the new hardware and immediately ran into problems, specifically - c0000021a Fatal Error

I tried this - http://serverfault.com/questions/285...utocheck-bsods

Didn't work. But I noticed in Diskpart that the OS is located on the SSD which is drive D some how. (Volume 1). So I tried this - http://paradisj.blogspot.com/2012/02...tore-stop.html

Got another error, put in the Windows disk, prompted to System Repair. It claims it found the problem and wants to fix it. Claims to have fixed it, saying "Boot Config is corrupt" and the action taken was to Partition Table Repair. I am rebooting....

Still claims Autochk Not Found, same Fatal Error.

Now what?
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14 Jun 2012   #8
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 X64 (Windows 10, 8.1, Linux Mint, Windows XP and others in VM)
 
 

I am not sure about the problems, but no 2 drives can have the same letter designation, and whatever drive is booted is always the C drive. Windows will give other drives a new letter designation. If your SSD is D drive, when you boot into the OS on the SSD, it will become the C drive.
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14 Jun 2012   #9

Windows 7 Home Premium 32-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by essenbe View Post
I am not sure about the problems, but no 2 drives can have the same letter designation, and whatever drive is booted is always the C drive. Windows will give other drives a new letter designation. If your SSD is D drive, when you boot into the OS on the SSD, it will become the C drive.
I understand. What I might try is to disconnect all the other drives, let the image find and install just on that drive. Boot back into Windows, run Sysprep and see if that works.

I even swapped the drive letters around and it still would get the autochk error.

Edit -

See a reason for this is caused by using an image (from WHS 2011), possibly a mismatched files issue.

http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/w...7-2b4e118e1ffd
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14 Jun 2012   #10
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 X64 (Windows 10, 8.1, Linux Mint, Windows XP and others in VM)
 
 

When trying to run sysprep, did you try the elevated command prompt using net stop WMPNetworkSvc ? The only issue that I am concerned about is the restoration having the proper alignment for an SSD. If you did a clean install, Windows aligned the drive properly. Am I correct that you did a clean install to the SSD and it did not boot and found errors?
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