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


02 Jan 2011   #309
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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12 Jul 2012   #310
apizz

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 
Failure to Complete Method 1

So I recently purchased a new motherboard so I can run sli on my computer rig. I have an SSD and an HDD, the former for boot and some applications and the latter for almost all of my games. I created backup images of both the SSD and HDD prior to doing anything.

I ran sysprep, checked generalized, and selected shutdown to prepare my PC with no issues. After replacing my motherboard however, when I reach step 7 instead of updating my registries and drivers to then restart and boot up, I keep getting an error message that the system configuration failed and that I need to restart my computer. Well, this keeps happening every time I restart.

I've looked on other forums about this issue but they're all regarding switching hard drives and not simply changing hardware and keeping everything else the same. I'm at a loss how to proceed . . .

Any help is much appreciated!

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12 Jul 2012   #311
Victor S

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by apizz View Post
I keep getting an error message that the system configuration failed and that I need to restart my computer. Well, this keeps happening every time I restart.
I don't recall the exact error message, but when I had an issue where configuration failed upon booting the sysprepped HD, I found the solution here.
When configuration fails, reboot into safe mode. It will fail again.
Then reboot into normal mode, and it will finish. Seems silly, but it has worked for me and others.
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12 Jul 2012   #312
Kari

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Victor S View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by apizz View Post
I keep getting an error message that the system configuration failed and that I need to restart my computer. Well, this keeps happening every time I restart.
I don't recall the exact error message, but when I had an issue where configuration failed upon booting the sysprepped HD, I found the solution here.
When configuration fails, reboot into safe mode. It will fail again.
Then reboot into normal mode, and it will finish. Seems silly, but it has worked for me and others.
That's the first thing I was thinking, too. A good tip, thanks Victor.
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12 Jul 2012   #313
apizz

Windows 7 Ultimate
 
 

Thank you thank you Victor and Kari! You guys are the best. Computer is now installing devices, etc. (Step 7).

Terrific guide and support!
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12 Jul 2012   #314
SevenRick

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SevenRick View Post
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?
Would the inability to not find the "auto check program" upon booting the syspreped drive have something to do with the "system reserve" partition being altered and Windows looking at the "C" drive at boot instead of system reserve partition?
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12 Jul 2012   #315
AndarielHalo

 
 

I've scoured through this tutorial and the messages but it feels like I missed something...


The top of the tutorial warns that I should make a back-up image copy of my hard drive in the rare case that this transfer fails...

But when I looked into the thread, I found this post Kari made:

Quote:
If you are keeping your old hard disk where Windows is installed, just changing the motherboard, there's no need to make an image. The image is only needed when you also change the hard disk.

So, when only changing the motherboard, do this:
- Sysprep as told in tutorial (Method One, steps 1 to 5)
- When computer is shut down, replace motherboard (Method One, step 6)
- Boot the computer (Method One, steps 7 to 12)


Given that I only want to change my motherboard and cpu, does this apply to me? Or is this just a case of "Always back up just in case" like an airplane seat floatation device?



As it stands, if there is a significant enough risk of losing all the data on my harddrive (like, between 5-10%) I'd sooner just buy a new copy of Windows 7 to install on a new harddrive (which I would need to buy as a back-up regardless).



Potentially an answer to my stuff: How would I know if this method doesn't work on me? Would there be a point where I could cancel the Windows installation or booting before it wipes my data? Or would it just automatically vaporize all the data on its own?
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12 Jul 2012   #316
Victor S

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by AndarielHalo View Post
Given that I only want to change my motherboard and cpu, does this apply to me? Or is this just a case of "Always back up just in case" like an airplane seat floatation device?
That's how I look at it. I've been restoring images for years. They've ALWAYS worked. No matter the success ratio with sysprep, it has failed for some people.
Let's say your new MB is bad, and has to be RMA'd. Do you want to go back to what you have while you wait out the RMA process? If you have an image you can do that immediately.
And if you do put your old MB back in, what if the sysprepped drive won't start Win 7 again. I don't know the odds on that, but I do know my success rate of restoring images to the same machine is 100%. So you can just restore the image, and avoid the new configuration of the sysprepped drive.
You've raised other questions about data that I can't answer, because I don't know your partitioning scheme. Installing Win 7 fresh will always raise questions of partitioning and possible data loss, so that has to be examined.
My bottom line is to alway take images, but what process is used really depends on the hardware you're working with, space available, partitions, etc.
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12 Jul 2012   #317
ICit2lol

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

Hiyya Kari Now this is probably the dumbest query but I have read through the tutorial and am wondering why say changing a video card as you say from Ati to NVidia would cause Windows not to boot?

I can understand the mobo change and I now realise (I didn't till recently) that the OS is tied to the mobo, but as above I cannot get my head round the other hardware changes.
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13 Jul 2012   #318
Kari

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center
 
 

@AndarielHalo

I'm talking about two different images in the tutorial. It is really important you create a backup image always before you start actions like described in tutorial, in case something goes wrong. So, please backup your system before you start.

Then my post you quoted:
Quote:
If you are keeping your old hard disk where Windows is installed, just changing the motherboard, there's no need to make an image. The image is only needed when you also change the hard disk.

So, when only changing the motherboard, do this:
- Sysprep as told in tutorial (Method One, steps 1 to 5)
- When computer is shut down, replace motherboard (Method One, step 6)
- Boot the computer (Method One, steps 7 to 12)
Here I am not talking about backup image. That was a response to someone who asked if he needs to make an image when he has sysprepped the HD and moves it to a new setup as described in tutorial's Method 1. If he has followed my instructions he had made a system backup image before starting but he don't have to image the sysprepped HD image because he keeps the old, now syprepped HD.

A bit confusing, trying in other words. Backup image is important before you start. To image sysprepped HD is only important (essential!) if you change the HD, move your Windows to another disk.

@ICit2lol

Yes, changing GPU does not generally cause boot issues but I have experienced them often enough to add that warning in tutorial.

Kari
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13 Jul 2012   #319
ICit2lol

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

Thanks Kari I'll keep that in mind
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