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Windows 7: Perfect Computer...Install Image on my Laptop?

05 Jan 2012   #1
ilcaa

Window 7 Pro 32bit
 
 
Perfect Computer...Install Image on my Laptop?

HI I finally have the perfect system (for me) all the necessary applications/ configurations, and settings...

I would love to take this exact system and install it on my laptop.

Is there anyway to copy this windows imgae onto my laptop? Maybe "image" isn't the method but anyway to replicate this system on my laptop? (requirements are met on my laptop as well)

btw: Win 7 Professional


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05 Jan 2012   #2
Hipster Doofus

Windows 7 Pro x64 -- PCLinuxOS KDE4 FullMonty 2011
 
 

Your drivers will be all messed up.
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05 Jan 2012   #3
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Drivers are definitely a problem. Activation is another one.
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05 Jan 2012   #4
TVeblen

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 64 Bit Home Premium SP1
 
 

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05 Jan 2012   #5
gregrocker

 

The problem with SysPrep is that you'd need to Sysprep on the old hardware before applying it's image to the new HD, so it would be best to clone it over to another HD for the purpose of SysPrepping it since you don't want to mess with SysPrepping the PC's own HD. Then when you start up the Sysprepped image you've reimaged onto the laptop HD, it will start up like a new install but with all of your programs, files and settings in place.

What I sometimes use is Acronis True Image with Universal Restore which will make all the preparations for a change of hardware while applying the image to the target machine.

The third option is free Paragon Adaptive Restore CD which is booted and pointed at the newly imaged HD to prepare it to boot on the new machine, or can even itself apply a Windows backup Image while adjusting it to boot on new hardware.

Sometimes these operations also require confirming Win7 is marked Active, then booting into Startup Repair to run it several times to repair or rewrite the System boot files which can be damaged. Startup Repair - Run 3 Separate Times

It may sound complicated but after getting the hang of it I now prefer to apply my favorite install image to my machines using an image adjusted by Acronis or PAR. Once it's up and running there is no difference from a clean reinstall.
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06 Jan 2012   #6
TVeblen

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 64 Bit Home Premium SP1
 
 

Good info, as always Greg.

I am using True Image Home 11 and don't recall seeing Universal Restore in that version (although I could have missed it). What version are you running now?
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06 Jan 2012   #7
gregrocker

 

True Image 2010. It's in each full edition since then I believe. It doesn't always show up as an option unless you are changing to new hardware, however.
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06 Jan 2012   #8
ilcaa

Window 7 Pro 32bit
 
 

great suggestions, and i appreciate it, i need to look into it and will post my experience, thanks
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