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

02 Jan 2011   #319
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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13 Jul 2012   #320
SevenRick

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Kari,


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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?



Does sysprep work with Windows Ultimate7 64 installations that have the "system reserve" partition?


Thank you,

Rick

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13 Jul 2012   #321
Kari

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SevenRick View Post
Does sysprep work with Windows Ultimate7 64 installations that have the "system reserve" partition?


Thank you,

Rick
Yes. I have successfully sysprepped my PCs with system reserved partition.
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13 Jul 2012   #322
Victor S

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SevenRick View Post
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?
See this.
Windows sysprep troubleshooting - wiki

"Autochk program not found."

What's to lose?
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16 Jul 2012   #323
boyans

Win 8 RP, Win 7, XP
 
 

Very useful tutorial and interesting thread.

Seems SF have a good solution to most major Windows 7 problems.
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16 Jul 2012   #324
SevenRick

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Victor S View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SevenRick View Post
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?
See this.
Windows sysprep troubleshooting - wiki

"Autochk program not found."

What's to lose?


Thank you for the link Victor.

By the time I got your response I was three quarters of the way through a fresh install. It took me literally one solid week of hard work from buying the new computer parts to getting back 97% of where I was on my old machine.

When I get some free time, I will try the solutions offered in the link and see if it works.

(I did manage to get my drive booted by stripping away as many drivers as I could manually before I moved it to another machine. I was happy to see it booted but it seemed quite unstable, so hence, I started from scratch with a clean install rebuilding the software last Tuesday).
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31 Jul 2012   #325
phamine

Win7 32 bit
 
 

What can you do if the donor hard drive has more than 1 partition?
Sysprep is not working in my case.
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04 Aug 2012   #326
emueyes

7 64bit Ultimate
 
 

This discussion has been exactly what I need, has shown me just how many gotchas there are in this, and methods to get it done right. But I still have a few queries. In particular, it looks as though a means for backing up user data may be needed.

My situation is thus: I have Windows 7 64bit Ultimate on my machine. Its 'Program Files' are located in a separate partition, and some of the user's file (My Documents, My Pictures etc) are on another drive altogether. All in all I've tried to keep this machine's C: partition as clean as possible of non-OS stuff.

I now wish to migrate to an SSD, and a new motherboard. Might as well be a new machine, but I'm keeping the CPU and graphics card, and the case and PSU, so I can't run machines in parallel. And I most certainly don't want to just reinstall everything.

The concept of creating a 'sysprep' installation is great ! Thanks Kari, what a bonus that is Thanks to MS as well, they obviously do listen.

With my penchant for keeping data separate from the OS, I know it's up to me to transfer everything else across, and I started thinking of user data, and where the line is drawn. The things I've set up myself are obviously my responsibility, but I've been looking at the need for the 'Backup User Data' Microsoft utility as well. If I save a picture in My Pictures, will it be migrated with sysprep, or with Backup User Data. What about the custom definitions for a third party antivirus package such as AVG? Or rule sets for Comodo firewall, or other stuff in AppData? I guess the most important things will be email settings and data, network authentication details.

The essential information, though, is knowing just what is being backup up, and making sure I don't miss anything.


Rob
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07 Sep 2012   #327
Parks1993

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 
Problem

I loved this tutorial, very helpful!

But I just booted up my sysprepped HDD and when it goes to the "Setup is Starting Services" part of the process it brings up an error:

"Windows could not finish configuring the system. To attempt to resume configuration, restart the computer."

I have tried restarting a few times, same thing. I hope there is a fix for this or maybe I could try inserting my windows 7 disk and repair or something. I backed up everything important and it would not be the end of the world for a clean install but I really don't want to :|
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08 Sep 2012   #328
sap81uk

Windows 7 Ultimate x32
 
 

I am looking to sysprep my system for use on another system. When I boot the hard drive onto the new computer will everything be the same as before? Like for example my files and folders on the desktop would be the same, what will be different?
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08 Sep 2012   #329
edison

XP 32 bit
 
 

Hi Kari I am about to relace my motherboard,Cpu & memory. My PC is presently setup as a daul boot system useing 2 seperate hard drives one for each operating system XP & windows 7 ultimate. Could you please explain to me how to use windows sysprep in this type of situation?

Thanks Edison
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