Quote: Originally Posted by JorgeO
To reinstall all the programs/apps would be too cumbersome.
Just suppose I have a laptop and decide to purchase a new one (both with Win 7).
Would I have to reinstall all the programs? In XP or Vista I could migrate the programs without a reinstall!
If you want to move your Win7 installation to the new computer, you can use this method to SysPrep the HD, then swap it or it's image into new computer and it will start up like a new install with all of your programs intact: SysPrep to move HD to another computer
Otherwise with a clean reinstall I would not use WET to transfer files as the hidden AppData settings are a corruption path into a fresh new install. Best to just copy your User account to external, then copy it into new install.
Your best bet is to SysPrep your old install over to the new computer then rely on a backup image so you never have to reinstall.
In place of SysPrep you can also use Paragon Adaptive Restore CD run at boot on the moved Win7 HD before you try to start it on new hardware.