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Windows 7: Moving Win7 Ent OS drive to another PC

28 Sep 2010   #1

Windows 2008
Moving Win7 Ent OS drive to another PC


My Dell Optiplex 740 (AMD) is dying, and my company's IT has given me a Optiplex 745 (Intel) as a replacement.

I'm a very lazy person , so naturally, I tried moving the drive with Windows 7 Enterprise x64 to the new machine.

It didn't work:
* Shortly after boot up, it will restart itself and go into repair mode
* It will not be able to repair itself
* Starting in Safe Mode also failed

As far as I know, the two PCs are completely different, except the graphic card and hard drives are the same.

Is there anyway to "repair" this so it will work on the new machine? I'm avoiding reinstall since I really want to preserve my settings.

Thanks in advance.

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28 Sep 2010   #2
Microsoft MVP


Move Windows 7 back to old machine and uninstall all major drivers in Device Manager. Don't restart when prompted, when finished power down and move HD to new machine.

Paragon Adaptive Restore will also do this for an OS HD, while Acronis 10+ will extract drivers from an image before reimaging to target HD.
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