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Windows 7: Windows 7 Installation - Transfer to a New Computer


02 Jan 2011   #289
Kari

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center
 
 
Windows 7 Installation - Transfer to a New Computer

How to Transfer your Complete Windows 7 Installation to New Computer

To start, a warning from Microsoft:

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06 Jun 2012   #290
rrights

Win 7 32
 
 

Thanks Kari for info you have made available on sysprep.

In an earlier post p750mmx ran into the same problem I am having - sysprep cannot run on a computer that has been upgraded from a pervious version. He suggested deleting the upgrade key in the registry - aided by a Google search. I'm hoping p750mmx might fill in here how to delete the upgrade key, as I have had no luck searching for it. Any info would be helpful.

Rob

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by p750mmx View Post
Hello there Kari,

the first reply from my "new" system. All is well and activated, no errors after finishing Windows setup. Just a telephone call to reactivate Windows 7 Prof.

I should let you know that I first got a error when starting sysprep. The error that more users get in some circumstance; "sysprep cannot run on a computer that has been upgraded from a previous version".
That error is valid as my Windows 7 Prof. is an (unofficial) upgrade from a Windows Vista Ultimate installation (for keeping my old settings and programs, again). I disabled the error by the deletion of the upgrade key in the registry (Google is our friend).
Although I selected the "shutdown" option in sysprep, my system didn't shutoff after the completion of sysprep. I've checked all the active processes and saw nothing that indicated that sysprep was still running. So........, I shut the system down myself. Hope was high.

After that a Philips screwdriver (and my hands) did the rest

Starting the "new" hardware give me the screens you have put on the first page in a slightly different order, but he, what do I care, I'm happy

Thanks for the very useful information in this topic.

With kind greetings, Ad


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06 Jun 2012   #291
chun96

Microsoft Windows 8 Pro with Media Center 64-bit
 
 

Any way of doing this on Windows XP?
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10 Jun 2012   #292
ICit2lol

Desk1 8 Pro / Desk2 7 Home Prem / Laptop 8.1 Pro all 64bit
 
 

Hum Kari just as the last post can this be done with other OS's I am particularly interested in a machine that I have been trying to fix that has Vista on it.

I didn't realise in my haste that the disk that was given to the owner was in fact an OEM and have spent multiple hours and and installs on another mobo.

I have downloaded everything on two occasions now and the third is holding good so far. I wouldn't ask but I do these fixes for friends and work colleagues that cannot afford to keep buying OEM's?
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14 Jun 2012   #293
djfourmoney

Windows 7 Home Premium 32-bit
 
 
Read most of it...

I see when this doesn't work, people get the c0000021a Fatal System Error.

What I am using is an image of Windows 7 32-bit Home Premium that was originally Windows 7 Ultimate 32-bit RC2. I did the double install trick and made a registry change to allow the retail version to install over the release candidate.

This all worked on the original machine. Even when I switched over to a SSD in that machine it all worked, did a Bare Metal Restore from My WHS 2011 box.

Even ran with the new hardware, but that's when the Copy Protection problems started. Switched from HDMI back to VGA, seemed to work until I tired to record some races last weekend. Copy Protection came up despite PlayReady being updated and installed. To sort out any other problems, I decided to do a repair install. After it finished, I had to disable IPv6 to get internet and of course that broke HomeGroups, Server Connector and TV Archive.

So unless you can come up with an answer, I may have to go with a complete new install. Too many content providers flag stuff so I can't continue like this, never had that problem EVER in three versions of Media Center.

Sysprep after deleting the Upgrade key in the registry will run, Generalize Windows (no problems, no errors) and then either on shutdown or reboot, I get this error (c0000021a). I tried the System Repair Console and it found the problem, offered to fix it, I did. Rebooted, this time into Safe Mode, same problem (c0000021a).

This won't fix it - Jean-Pierre Paradis's Blog: SysPrep /generalize + BCD store + STOP: c000021a

I get the same error.

Help!
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14 Jun 2012   #294
djfourmoney

Windows 7 Home Premium 32-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by rrights View Post
Thanks Kari for info you have made available on sysprep.

In an earlier post p750mmx ran into the same problem I am having - sysprep cannot run on a computer that has been upgraded from a pervious version. He suggested deleting the upgrade key in the registry - aided by a Google search. I'm hoping p750mmx might fill in here how to delete the upgrade key, as I have had no luck searching for it. Any info would be helpful.

Rob

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by p750mmx View Post
Hello there Kari,

the first reply from my "new" system. All is well and activated, no errors after finishing Windows setup. Just a telephone call to reactivate Windows 7 Prof.

I should let you know that I first got a error when starting sysprep. The error that more users get in some circumstance; "sysprep cannot run on a computer that has been upgraded from a previous version".
That error is valid as my Windows 7 Prof. is an (unofficial) upgrade from a Windows Vista Ultimate installation (for keeping my old settings and programs, again). I disabled the error by the deletion of the upgrade key in the registry (Google is our friend).
Although I selected the "shutdown" option in sysprep, my system didn't shutoff after the completion of sysprep. I've checked all the active processes and saw nothing that indicated that sysprep was still running. So........, I shut the system down myself. Hope was high.

After that a Philips screwdriver (and my hands) did the rest

Starting the "new" hardware give me the screens you have put on the first page in a slightly different order, but he, what do I care, I'm happy

Thanks for the very useful information in this topic.

With kind greetings, Ad
The Upgrade Key is located under HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE/System/Setup

I did this and while Sysprep setups the disk to Generalize it, rebooting or booting after its completed (from a shutdown as well) I get the Fatal Error (c0000021a) and nothing seems to fix it.
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16 Jun 2012   #295
FPAQQ

Windows 7 64bit
 
 

I followed everything and after trying out everything I could, I got it to work.

Everything is fine now but every time I boot I get "Setup is updating registry". How can I fix this? It's not much of a problem just a nuisance really.

Thanks.
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26 Jun 2012   #296
p750mmx

Windows 7 professional
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by rrights View Post
Thanks Kari for info you have made available on sysprep.

In an earlier post p750mmx ran into the same problem I am having - sysprep cannot run on a computer that has been upgraded from a pervious version. He suggested deleting the upgrade key in the registry - aided by a Google search. I'm hoping p750mmx might fill in here how to delete the upgrade key, as I have had no luck searching for it. Any info would be helpful.

Rob

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by p750mmx View Post
Hello there Kari,

the first reply from my "new" system. All is well and activated, no errors after finishing Windows setup. Just a telephone call to reactivate Windows 7 Prof.

I should let you know that I first got a error when starting sysprep. The error that more users get in some circumstance; "sysprep cannot run on a computer that has been upgraded from a previous version".
That error is valid as my Windows 7 Prof. is an (unofficial) upgrade from a Windows Vista Ultimate installation (for keeping my old settings and programs, again). I disabled the error by the deletion of the upgrade key in the registry (Google is our friend).
Although I selected the "shutdown" option in sysprep, my system didn't shutoff after the completion of sysprep. I've checked all the active processes and saw nothing that indicated that sysprep was still running. So........, I shut the system down myself. Hope was high.

After that a Philips screwdriver (and my hands) did the rest

Starting the "new" hardware give me the screens you have put on the first page in a slightly different order, but he, what do I care, I'm happy

Thanks for the very useful information in this topic.

With kind greetings, Ad
What someone else above this reaction already suggested

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\system\setup

There was a key called “upgrade”, that once deleted lets you run SysPrep like normal. Delete that key and you are good.
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05 Jul 2012   #297
SevenRick

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Kari,

Thanks for this comprehensive tutorial!

A couple of questions.
I plan on cloning my SSD sata2 120gb to a new SSD sata3.
I will then boot off the new SSD on my current I7 920 x58 board, sysprep and move the new SSD to a new x79 board.

Do I need to be concerned with disabling any of the controllers in device manager or changing ahci\ide settings in the bios before running sysprep?

Also, I have a second physical hard drive with music and photo data etc. for implementing the move should I remove this drive?

Thanks again.
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06 Jul 2012   #298
Kari

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center
 
 

Hi SevenRick, welcome to the Seven Forums.

I have to be careful now, never sysprepped an SSD. As far as I know there's no need disabling anything, sysprep should do it for you. In any case, do not start without a complete image backup in case...

The data disk is in no way disturbing the process. Let it stay there.

Kari
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06 Jul 2012   #299
SevenRick

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Kari View Post
Hi SevenRick, welcome to the Seven Forums.

I have to be careful now, never syspreped an SSD. As far as I know there's no need disabling anything, sysprep should do it for you.


Kari
Thanks for the kind welcome and quick response.

I am surpised that you have not run a ssd yet.

Should I clone my ssd to a hhd before I run sysprep? Then take the syspreped hhd to the new board, make sure it boots and then clone the hhd to the new sata3 ssd?
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