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Windows 7: Restoring profile from a seperate Windows 7 key

12 Apr 2010   #1

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Restoring profile from a seperate Windows 7 key

Hi there,

I am in the process of selling my PC with windows 7. I am planning on getting a separate serial key for my new build and want to be able to restore my profile and settings from my current PC.

Will I able to use my system image from this PC that I made a back of onto my external HDD and restore it onto my new PC with a new Windows 7 serial key? I currently have Home premium right now but my next build will likely have Pro if that makes any difference.

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12 Apr 2010   #2

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Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, clean install, upgrade disc
 
 

To be sure that there are no problems a Windows Easy Transfer Would be the answer.

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/w...-easy-transfer

I used it going form Vista to Win 7 and it worked like a charm
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12 Apr 2010   #3

Windows 7 x64 pro/ Windows 7 x86 Pro/ XP SP3 x86
 
 

Not the greatest idea. Hardware differences will probably create compatibility issues. if the chipsets are not similar e.g., the drivers will not gel and will need to be reinstalled. Also, if you have an OEM install right now, activation on the new system could create issues. And a pro key will not work on a home premium install.

BTW, why go to such lengths? It takes me 3 hours to be up and running on a PC built from scratch. OTOH, restoring from the image that you are planning now could take much longer and a lot of headaches.
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12 Apr 2010   #4

Windows 7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by richc46 View Post
To be sure that there are no problems a Windows Easy Transfer Would be the answer.

Windows 7 features - Windows Easy Transfer - Microsoft Windows

I used it going form Vista to Win 7 and it worked like a charm
Actually that is what I meant. If I use Windows Easy Transfer would I be able to restore my settings without any compatibility issues or am I better off reinstalling everything manually?
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12 Apr 2010   #5

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Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, clean install, upgrade disc
 
 

Yes, I went from Vista to 7 and WET is really good, BUT as always back up the important stuff first, I think you know things can and do go wrong.
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12 Apr 2010   #6

Windows 7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by richc46 View Post
Yes, I went from Vista to 7 and WET is really good, BUT as always back up the important stuff first, I think you know things can and do go wrong.
THat also what I used when I upgraded from Vista to Windows 7. But if there will be errors and compatibility issues I'd rather just do everything manually.

Anybody else with input on this issue?
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12 Apr 2010   #7
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There is no reason why you cannot try reimaging the HD in your new machine with a Windows 7 backup image. I have done this a dozen or more times where it has worked. If Windows 7 will startup, it will swap out all drivers while requesting several restarts. There are no performance issues afterward that I've encountered.

A problem might be activating on the new hardware. If you were using the same HomePremium version license key, it would just require changing key at Control Panel>System to refresh Hardware Signature. Using a Pro key would require a Repair Install after making a Registry change to trick the installer into upgrading Home Premium to Pro, adapting the workaround given here: Upgrade the Windows 7 RC to any retail version Icrontic Tech

All in all, complicated but doable. A clean install would be the best choice, though, unless you want to put it off for some reason: Clean Install Windows 7
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12 Apr 2010   #8

Windows 7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
There is no reason why you cannot try reimaging the HD in your new machine with a Windows 7 backup image. I have done this a dozen or more times where it has worked. If Windows 7 will startup, it will swap out all drivers while requesting several restarts. There are no performance issues afterward that I've encountered.

A problem might be activating on the new hardware. If you were using the same HomePremium version license key, it would just require changing key at Control Panel>System to refresh Hardware Signature. Using a Pro key would require a Repair Install after making a Registry change to trick the installer into upgrading Home Premium to Pro, adapting the workaround given here: Upgrade the Windows 7 RC to any retail version Icrontic Tech

All in all, complicated but doable. A clean install would be the best choice, though, unless you want to put it off for some reason: Clean Install Windows 7
Yes I am going to have to do a clean install anyways since I have no other OS. Windows easy transfer restores the complete profile after you install Windows 7. I guess I am just going to manually reinstall and reset everything to avoid any risk of complications.
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