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


02 Jan 2011   #349
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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15 Oct 2012   #350
bg17

Windows 7 Home Premium *upgrade*
 
 

That sounds like the problem I encountered in my last sysprep transfer. It also suggested I use the install disk and try to repair the installation. I wish I could have known of this little trick, as I would have liked to try it. The repair found and repaired a problem with the boot, but even after that it was unable to repair whatever was wrong and it actually gave up. So did I, so I just re-installed. No big deal in this case, as the pc is secondary and gets very limited use. But I hate having to go through all those updates again!

I'll keep this tip handy in case I need it in the future. Funny, I expected problems when going from an Intel combo to an AMD, but that transfer worked without a single problem. Didn't even have to re-activate...with an OEM retail version!

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17 Oct 2012   #351
PatrickGSR94

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Just found this tutorial and was excited, since I'll be installing a Windows 7 Pro x64 upgrade OS this week on my home PC (upgrading from XP by doing a fresh install), but then in the near future will be doing major hardware upgrades. Thought this might make that future process a little easier, but then I read on the previous page about sysprep not working with upgrade OS versions. Is that true and confirmed? If so then it should be added as a note to the tutorial I think.
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17 Oct 2012   #352
bg17

Windows 7 Home Premium *upgrade*
 
 

Sysprep does work with an upgrade version, but it requires a minor mod in the registry. It's a simple process, even I did it. I believe my failure of upgrading hardware (on a system that was upgraded from XP) had to do with the drastic change from a normal cpu/gpu chipset to an apu setup. I probably could have gotten past the problems I encountered had I read more tips on this forum, but this particular pc didn't have anything worth saving at that point. I had already backed up my files (back when I did the upgrade), so it was just easier to move on to a clean install. I missed an opportunity to learn more about sysprep workarounds, but I was eager to see how the APU performed.
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19 Oct 2012   #353
wildski

Windows 7 Enterprise 32bit
 
 

Hi all. I've registered on this forum simply to say "thank you" to Kari for such a useful post. I used the first method in order to change my motherboard and it worked beautifully: I saved all the hassle of re-installing windows. Brilliant. I did need to use the "Safe Mode" trick though as it just kept re-booting. )It actually said it couldn't finish the installation in Safe Mode, re-booted and then.. worked!) Great stuff.
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19 Oct 2012   #354
Golden

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Ult. x64 Windows 8.1 x64
 
 

Great work and welcome wildski
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19 Oct 2012   #355
ICit2lol

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

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by wildski View Post
Hi all. I've registered on this forum simply to say "thank you" to Kari for such a useful post. I used the first method in order to change my motherboard and it worked beautifully: I saved all the hassle of re-installing windows. Brilliant. I did need to use the "Safe Mode" trick though as it just kept re-booting. )It actually said it couldn't finish the installation in Safe Mode, re-booted and then.. worked!) Great stuff.
Well done and welcome wildski.

Now you have to read the Bible -

Optimize Windows 7[2]=Performance Maintenance > chapter and verse and I want it done by tomorrow
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19 Oct 2012   #356
bg17

Windows 7 Home Premium *upgrade*
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by wildski View Post
Hi all. I've registered on this forum simply to say "thank you" to Kari for such a useful post. I used the first method in order to change my motherboard and it worked beautifully: I saved all the hassle of re-installing windows. Brilliant. I did need to use the "Safe Mode" trick though as it just kept re-booting. )It actually said it couldn't finish the installation in Safe Mode, re-booted and then.. worked!) Great stuff.
Would you mind sharing the details about the hardware changes you made? And also, if you can remember exactly what happened after changing your hardware and powering up for the first time?
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19 Oct 2012   #357
PatrickGSR94

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Actually now that I think about it, I will be moving from 32-bit to 64-bit OS when I change out all the hardware, so I don't think sysprep would work for me anyway.
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24 Oct 2012   #358
vivithemage

Windows 7 PRO 64bit
 
 

I just wanted to say that I did this going from an optiplex 960 to an optiplex 7010, running win 7 x64 pro sp1...worked great. Just needed to get the latest chipset/video/NIC drivers!
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25 Oct 2012   #359
zorcon457

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 
I think I am in Love

Thanks Kari

This worked out so well for me after a MB and Processor swap, including the Fatal Error tip durring sysprep. Straight easy to follow and to the point.

Great Job with this

Z
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