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Windows 7: Can I 'system image' recover

10 May 2013   #11
flyingkiwi67

Windows 7 home premium x64
 
 

would copying back the files and folders from the windows.old folder and then installing a copy of the registry I made have devastating consequences?


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10 May 2013   #12
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

What registry you made?

In theory it should ok to copy everything back - but you are likely to miss something from appdata or programdata, unless you do the complete rollback.

Same as this but don't do step 5 and 6.

How to restore a Windows 7-based computer to a previous Windows installation by using the Windows.old folder


Because the mobo is different, you would then still have to adjust the system hive, before booting up.
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11 May 2013   #13
mjf

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

I've never understood some of this. If you go down the sysprep path or the Paragon program referred to above can't you endup with 2 program installations - Windows OS plus applications for nothing.
We know it is legally wrong but are you saying it is technically possible. I find it hard to believe that MS or the big application software houses would allow this.
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11 May 2013   #14
flyingkiwi67

Windows 7 home premium x64
 
 

Well I took the plunge and tried to do a 'system image' repair...I must be a glutton for punishment...the result is I'll have to format my OS drive and start from scratch...bugger!!!
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11 May 2013   #15
Victor S

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mjf View Post
I've never understood some of this. If you go down the sysprep path or the Paragon program referred to above can't you endup with 2 program installations - Windows OS plus applications for nothing.
We know it is legally wrong but are you saying it is technically possible. I find it hard to believe that MS or the big application software houses would allow this.
From Kari's sysprep tutorial:
Warning
Using this method causes Windows 7 to lose all activation information, and it needs to be reactivated afterwards. If your Windows 7 is an OEM version, you might not be able to reactivate afterwards, at least not without phone activation option.
I do not recommend to use this method on RAID systems. All experiments on RAID I know have failed.
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11 May 2013   #16
Victor S

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by flyingkiwi67 View Post
Well I took the plunge and tried to do a 'system image' repair...I must be a glutton for punishment...the result is I'll have to format my OS drive and start from scratch...bugger!!!
Too late now, but you could have imaged your install on the new MB. Might have saved you some time.
Sorry to mention it.
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11 May 2013   #17
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

If you move windows to new hardware:

1) It may not boot. Depends how different the hardware is.

If it doesn't boot, you can fix it with paragon p2p adjust, or by manual adjustments to the system hive.

2) Windows will likely need reactivating.

Therefore you need a windows license which allows moving to new hardware. If you don't have that ( preinstalled os ), MS will usually do it for you over the phone if you tell them your mobo died and you had to replace it.
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11 May 2013   #18
gregrocker

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by mjf View Post
I've never understood some of this. If you go down the sysprep path or the Paragon program referred to above can't you endup with 2 program installations - Windows OS plus applications for nothing.
We know it is legally wrong but are you saying it is technically possible. I find it hard to believe that MS or the big application software houses would allow this.
These programs merely remove enough of the drivers, SID and HID so Win7 will start without interference, and (in the case of Paragon) insert the necessary storage drivers to enable it to start. This is performed on the same moved HD or re-imaged partition holding Win7 so doesn't really duplicate anything.
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11 May 2013   #19
mjf

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

I thought this would be the case - just checking
So unless you are migrating multiple PCs to new hardware I would definitely do a clean install and fresh install of applications. I have a large number of applications and setting things up on a new system/motherboard took me ~ 3 hours max from memory. After all how many times do you change motherboards.

An OEM OS is supposed to work with the original and only the original motherboard. If you catch a kind hearted MS operator on a good day then you may be lucky. I'm yet to come across one.
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11 May 2013   #20
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

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An OEM OS is supposed to work with the original and only the original motherboard. If you catch a kind hearted MS operator on a good day then you may be lucky. I'm yet to come across one.
As far as I know - MS always say yes. If it is the same machine and you had to replace the mobo.

I haven't got the link - but pretty sure MS said so in a blog post

They are good at that kind of thing.

If you are putting it on a totally different machine - then you will need a license which allows that.
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