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Windows 7: Laplink's PCMover dilemna

27 May 2014   #1

Win7 Pro
Force Windows to install on D Drive -Laplink's PCMover dilemna

I am trying to use Pcmover to move my retail license for Windows 7 to my new computer with all my programs as already installed. License aside, the problem is that for Pcmover to work fully, the drive letters must correlate - C drive copies to the new C drive , D drive goes to the new D drive.
But my problem is that because the old computer is installed to the D Drive drive bec it is a dual booting machine (Windows 7 Home - not use on C, and Windows 7 Pro is on D) and I can't get the new machine to accept a clean install of Windows 7 to anything except the C drive, which messes up PCMover! I even tried installing a second copy of Windows 7 to the D drive but bec the CD drive grabs the D letter during installation, - I'm foiled again.
Laplink's tech support can't give me a workaround.
Does any think they might know a workaround?


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29 May 2014   #2
Microsoft MVP


Windows 7 always correctly boots on C is its been installed from boot and not from another OS already occupying that letter.

I'd image rather than use that app which I've never heard of. Doesn't it just reinstall programs files and settings into a fresh install?

You'd be better off doing a Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7 since reimporting settings is a corruption path into a fresh install, and a clone or image is an old install which may be less than perfect.
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29 May 2014   #3
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1

Welcome to Seven Forums.
I can't help with PCMover, I haven't heard of it either. I think a much better way would be to make an image of your system, including all drives. Make a WinPE recovery disk and boot from it to restore the image(s) to the new PC.

Imaging with free Macrium
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30 May 2014   #4

Win7 Pro
My solution

Thanks to Greg & Britton, I just remembered that Acronis Universal Restore offers this facility- to transfer an installation without the HAL layer. I will lay the image into the drive letter that I prefer, and then I will live happy-ever-after!
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30 May 2014   #5
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1

I wouldn't fixate on drive letters, rather the partitions you want to use. ID them by the drives serial numbers, size, brand, etc. What ever partition Windows 7 is booted on will be C, no matter what it shows under Acronis or other cloning/imaging software.
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30 May 2014   #6
Microsoft MVP


If offered the choice set the drive letter to Automatic, include MBR and Track0, keep the correct partition marked Active during image recovery.

If Windows 7 won't start, unplug all other drives, confirm Partition Marked Active to run Startup Repair - Run 3 Separate Times until Windows 7 starts.
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