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


02 Jan 2011   #419
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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27 Jan 2013   #420
Kari

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by dakoslug View Post
Hey Kari!

I'm switching my AMD setup to an Intel setup.

So that means i'd be changing my motherboard, cpu and ram.

Note the new motherboard uses UEFI bios while the old one doesn't

So I won't need to do a fresh install of windows 7 if I use sysprep?
I am afraid you must do a clean install. Legacy to UEFI will not work, at least I do not know how. MBR vs. GPT, I wouldn't even dream of risking my system stability.

My recommendation is to do a fresh, clean install.

Kari


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27 Jan 2013   #421
dakoslug

Windows 7 64 Bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Kari View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by dakoslug View Post
Hey Kari!

I'm switching my AMD setup to an Intel setup.

So that means i'd be changing my motherboard, cpu and ram.

Note the new motherboard uses UEFI bios while the old one doesn't

So I won't need to do a fresh install of windows 7 if I use sysprep?
I am afraid you must do a clean install. Legacy to UEFI will not work, at least I do not know how. MBR vs. GPT, I wouldn't even dream of risking my system stability.

My recommendation is to do a fresh, clean install.

Kari
Ok so I should just backup my important documents, and format my hard drive?
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27 Jan 2013   #422
Kari

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center
 
 

Yes.
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28 Jan 2013   #423
oreo27

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 Service Pack 1
 
 

Or run the new Motherboard (some systems I've worked on have this) legacy BIOS. This will allow you to boot normally using MBR. Someone correct me if I'm wrong since I'm not entirely too sure of this one.
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13 Feb 2013   #424
Syti13

Windows 7 x64
 
 

Hello,

I have read this tutorial start to finish and I just have a couple of questions regarding sysprep. I am soon to switch out my HDD for a new one, same size, make and model, along with switching out my i7 870, P55V modo and two Sparkle 2GB GTS 450's for an i7 2600k, Z68 modo and a Nvidia GTX660(1) which will be used for gaming, but I also use this computer for Music Production and where this is concerned I can't afford to lose any of my musical projects dating 10 years back. My music production software is installed on my C: Drive of my computer but the Vst Plugins (music instruments) are installed on two external HDD's and the internal HDD of the computer currently has a damaged Sata connector, which every once in a while I get a "no read disk error" that is always fixed after a reboot, but I'm not gonna sit and wait for this HDD to fully fail and risk the loss of all my Music. I have already purchased to the new HDD, same size, make and model as I stated above.

Questions:

Will using sysprep keep my old HDD Windows Registry intact and unchanged on my new HDD? Meaning will I have to re-register/activate all of these Vst's again (extremely time consuming)

Will my user account details still be intact(username)? Not caring too much about my personal settings like themes and system sounds.

And will I have to set my Windows Services to default before using sysprep? Because most of them are off now.

Making sure these Vst Plugins work or are registered after using sysprep to transfer Data to my new HDD is very improtant to me and hopefully I won't have to re-register all of these plugins again.

Thank you in advance.

~Syti
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13 Feb 2013   #425
dakoslug

Windows 7 64 Bit
 
 

Do I need to use GBR format for my HD? can't I just use MBR?
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13 Feb 2013   #426
Kari

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center
 
 

Hi Syti, welcome to the Seven Forums.

Sysprep with generalizing switch as described in this tutorial is your best shot. Create a system image before starting to be able to revert the process if something goes wrong.

If it works, everything else is intact only the Windows license has lost its activation status and needs to be re-activated. YOu do not need to set services to default. That's what the sysprep is there for, when generalizing it sets your Windows in such a hardware neutral and default state it can be deployed as an image.

@dakoslug: I have never done this to anything else than MBR, so I really don't understand what you are asking.

Kari
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14 Feb 2013   #427
dakoslug

Windows 7 64 Bit
 
 

Oh nothing, just the other post confused me.
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16 Feb 2013   #428
tguyette

windows 7 64 bit
 
 
sysprep and 64 bit vs 32 bit

can one switch from 32 bit to 64 bit using sysprep?
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16 Feb 2013   #429
Kari

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by tguyette View Post
can one switch from 32 bit to 64 bit using sysprep?
No.

Changing the bit version from 32 to 64 or vice versa always requires a fresh, clean install.
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