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Windows 7: Turn win7 into a plug & play system ?

09 Aug 2011   #1

windows 7 32 bit Ultimate
Turn win7 into a plug & play system ?


cloning a hd is one thing.

But my issue is as follows:

If my computer crashes & i want to use a new computer, & have windows 7 installed on a functional hd, & undock the hard drive & put it in the new laptop, i get a windows fatal error, because of principal drivers not installed for the new pc in my system. & .. . I do not want to install windows 7 all life long & reinstall backups over, it'll never be as perfect as my original system, cause backups don't know what i removed from my registry or Windows 7 system, & i will be left with many orphan files & maybe a conflict or two & more updates to perform or reinstallation of software. unfortunately Windows 7 is not plug & play, like win98 that could be undocked easily & docked in a new computer, then the os would call the new material detection tool to install the new computers drivers. my questions are:

is there a way to make a Windows 7 system plug & play after having

undocked it ?

- is there a registry tweak i can try before undocking my hd,

to make sure a material detection process will be launched ?

- is there a tool that will turn Windows 7 into a plug & play system
& reinstall drivers on the fly ?

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09 Aug 2011   #2
Microsoft MVP


If available, SysPrep the HD on the old hardware to remove all drivers to move it to the new hardware: SysPrep to move HD to another computer.

You can also store a SysPrepped image which can be used on any new hardware in the future. This is how I do many Windows 7 installs.

If old hardware isn't available due to mobo failure then boot Paragon Adaptive Restore CD, point it at Windows 7 to prepare it to boot on new hardware.
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09 Aug 2011   #3

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient


Retail or OEM manufacturer's?
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09 Aug 2011   #4

windows 7 32 bit Ultimate

it's a retail version, but my system has been tweaked so much, that i'm sick of having to do all the job over & over, i simply wish windows 7 was automatically plug & play, it seems that microsoft downgrades a lot as the years go by, which is sad. another ex is wlm, no message source edition, no deletion for all accounts, & forcing ppl to view attached pictures through thumbnails first, then having to double click again to launch another app in order to view the pics original size .. . another downgrade is disabling the option of unselecting align to grid for any other folders than the desktop .. . Anyways, thanks you so much gregrocker, i was very sceptic after my first attempt to undock the hd, i really thought Windows 7 ultimate was an unbeatable monster lol )) but the famous blue screen of death returned ))

that sysrep is wonderful, but the process should be automatic.

At least i have a quick & clean solution, thanks
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09 Aug 2011   #5
Microsoft MVP


You're welcome. Let us know if you need anything else.

I would not tweak Windows 7 beyond normal System settings as it is already so lean, featherlight and instantaneous that intense mods/tweaking will almost always come back to bite you.
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