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


02 Jan 2011   #299
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 Jul 2012   #300
bhara

 
 

it was nice but due to this some thing will get loose

better u guy can transfer the HDD to new computer and boot it with safe mode and install the drivers and restart it in normal mode

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06 Jul 2012   #301
Kari

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Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SevenRick View Post
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?
That's how I would do it.
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06 Jul 2012   #302
williamwclee

windows 7 ultimate
 
 

in the tutorial, it is told after running the sysprep, next step is to clone/backup the harddrive and then restore the image onto another harddrive. As the system has already gone through sysprep, how could i do a cloning? Do i need a cd native booted cloning software? any suggestions?
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06 Jul 2012   #303
Kari

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center
 
 

Yes, you need a third party imaging solution that allows you to create an image when not booted to Windows. Macrium is one good solution.
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06 Jul 2012   #304
SevenRick

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Kari,

Question:

Why in post #14 below is it recommended to boot with an imaging CD\DVD? Once sysprep is complete and the hard drive moved into a new system, wouldn't the hard drive boot without the third party software?


The third-party software I use (Casper) does not require restoring the image. It clones the entire hard drive which is bootable as it is. Am I missing something here?







Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Kari View Post
It simply means that if you want to transfer your Windows installation as it is, with applications and user profiles intact, to A) a new hard disk in your old computer, or B) to a completely new computer, you should do this:
  • Boot your old computer normally to Windows
  • Follow the steps 1 through 5 in method 1
  • When sysprep is finished and computer shut down, boot it from an imaging CD/DVD. DO NOT BOOT NORMALLY TO WINDOWS!
  • Now create a system image. Notice that this image contains at this point a complete image of your generalized Windows, ready to be booted "first time". Use external HD to store the image
  • Shut down the computer
Now you have two choices, depending on what you are doing:
  1. If you are changing hard disk to your old computer, do it now, then boot again from imaging CD/DVD and restore image to this new, virgin hd in your old computer. Boot then your computer normally from HD which now contains a generalized image of your old Windows setup
  2. If you are transferring you Windows setup to a new computer, boot it with imaging CD/DVD and restore the image to its HD. Boot then the new computer normally from HD which now contains a generalized image of your old Windows setup
In both above mentioned scenarios you have restored a generalized image of your Windows setup to a new HD. Go back to tutorial method 1 following it from step 7 to the end, and you are done.

Kari
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06 Jul 2012   #305
Kari

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center
 
 

You are not missing anything. Quite an opposite, you have revealed an error in my response there. I have asked administrators to check if a member has deleted a post there, because I have really big difficulties to understand how I have responded so if the post you quoted is a response to the post above it.

The post in question is telling about scenario where HDD is changed. You only need to boot with imaging tool if / when you are moving the image to a new HDD. Only then.

If you move the HDD to new setup, you of course boot from that sysprepped HDD.

Thanks for showing the error in my response.

Kari

EDIT: Admin told me it's no longer possible to see if there were some deleted posts just before that post of mine. Anyway, I edited it now to answer the question above it.

I'm sorry that it has been there for quite a while now. The post did not made sense if it was a response to the question above it. Too long time now, I do not remember any deleted posts there but want to think there was some asking something that would have been answered with the post of mine you quoted. Don't want to think I'm such an idiot I would give so wrong answer...
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06 Jul 2012   #306
SevenRick

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Kari,

Well, that makes me feel better. I'm glad I could help clarify. That is the least I can do especially considering this is such a beneficial and informative thread.

Rick
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07 Jul 2012   #307
SevenRick

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Two follow up questions:

Are there any advantages to running sysprep in safe mode?

Is there a workaround for restoring lost personal settings, (toolbars, folder options etc) after running sysprep? Are these preferences stored in any particular folder(s) that could be copied over to the new system?
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07 Jul 2012   #308
ICit2lol

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

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Kari View Post
Yes, you need a third party imaging solution that allows you to create an image when not booted to Windows. Macrium is one good solution.
Agree Kari I did find the later version of Macrium easier to use than the EaseUS to do that I was using as the problem with EaseUS is getting it back from large drive to small drive - can't be done.
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10 Jul 2012   #309
SevenRick

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

I successfully ran sysprep, moved the ssd to the new machine and get the following errors and bsod:

1. Auto check program not found
2. Then windows logo, then blue screen flash with error c000021a "session manager initialization system process terminated."
3. immediate reboot

I was really hoping this would work, any ideas?
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