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

02 Jan 2011   #599
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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09 Feb 2014   #600
Kari

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by TheTankster View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by TheTankster View Post
Also there is a way to reactivate OEM versions of Windows 7 because i switched my motherboard and followed this: Moved my hdd to a new pc. Windows 7 wants a new license
You can add that link to the tutorial or rewrite it in your own words if you want Kari, it would be useful.
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Britton30 View Post
The link isn't there, but the method is mentioned in the first warning box.
Officially Microsoft's licencing policy does not allow an OEM version of Windows to be transferred to a new computer, or too much hardware to be changed.

To stay in accordance with official EULA I will not post any links or quotes from third party sites advising on how to proceed in unsupported scenarios.

The warning Britton mentioned at the beginning of the tutorial is enough:

warning   Warning
Using this method causes Windows 7 to lose all activation information, and it needs to be reactivated afterwards. If your Windows 7 is an OEM version, you might not be able to reactivate it, at least not without phone activation option.

Kari


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31 Mar 2014   #601
anoopsingh1198

windows 7 32 bit
 
 
mount the old HD to the new computer




METHOD TWO
Change the hard disk(s) or move Windows 7 setup to a new computer using third party imaging software
Use this method if you:
- Replace the HD containing Windows 7 on your old computer
- Move Windows 7 to a new HD on another computer
  1. Follow steps 1 through 5 above (method 1)
  2. Boot PC with an imaging CD/DVD (Paragon, Macrium etc.)
  3. Create an image of your system
  4. Turn PC off, change the hard disk(s) and reboot with imaging application, restoring the image OR boot the new computer with imaging software and restore the image
  5. Continue from step 7 above (method 1)



METHOD THREE
Change the hard disk(s) or move Windows 7 setup to a new computer using Windows Seven's native Backup and Restore
Use this method if you:
- Replace the HD containing Windows 7 on your old computer
- Move Windows 7 to a new HD on another computer [LIST=1] [*]Follow steps 1 through 5 above (method 1)[*]Change the hardware componets you want to, letting the old HD be still mounted as system disk
OR if transferring to a new computer,
mount the old HD to the new computer as system
(boot) disk
[*]Boot computer normally, continuing from step 7 above (method 1)

Hi kari,
As per your Method 3, I do not know how to mount the old HDD to new laptop...Any Suggestions.
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01 Apr 2014   #602
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

What are the models of the two computers in question?
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01 Apr 2014   #603
anoopsingh1198

windows 7 32 bit
 
 
Models of Laptops

The Old one from which i want to make the image is Dell i7, Nvidia , 64 bit Windows Ultimate, 640gb 5400rpm HDD..

Want to transfer to a Maingear Laptop. i7 4800 MQ, 2 X 1Tb HDD , No Raid Configuration, Nvidia.

No idea about either motherboard or chipset if that matters.

The point i didn't get in the tutorial in Method 2 was

That after i do the first 5 steps in my old laptop and then make a full image using Paragon Software...Then i use this image to Boot my new Computer ?
How do i boot my new laptop, like pressing F8 and then Boot from USB ?
And would the Different Size of the C:/ and D:/ matter in the new laptop or it would just copy the image om new laptop and bring all my programs as it is .
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01 Apr 2014   #604
Kari

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by anoopsingh1198 View Post
As per your Method 3, I do not know how to mount the old HDD to new laptop...Any Suggestions.[/COLOR][/B]
Open the lid covering the HDD on old laptop, open all possible screws keeping it in place, remove the HDD, following the same steps remove the old HDD from your new laptop, insert the HDD from old laptop.

All further questions about swapping / replacing hardware in this section, please: Hardware & Devices - Windows 7 Help Forums


Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by anoopsingh1198 View Post
The Old one from which i want to make the image is Dell i7, Nvidia , 64 bit Windows Ultimate, 640gb 5400rpm HDD..

Want to transfer to a Maingear Laptop. i7 4800 MQ, 2 X 1Tb HDD , No Raid Configuration, Nvidia.

No idea about either motherboard or chipset if that matters.

The point i didn't get in the tutorial in Method 2 was

That after i do the first 5 steps in my old laptop and then make a full image using Paragon Software...Then i use this image to Boot my new Computer ?
How do i boot my new laptop, like pressing F8 and then Boot from USB ?
And would the Different Size of the C:/ and D:/ matter in the new laptop or it would just copy the image om new laptop and bring all my programs as it is .
You don't know how to boot your computer from a CD or DVD?

The tut asks you to boot with imaging application, not with the image itself. It means the CD or DVD you made for restoring images made by your imaging solution. In your case Paragon must have a function to create a boot CD to be used to restore images made with it.

For instance I use Macrium reflect for imaging; when I want to restore an image to a PC, I boot it with a Macrium Boot CD and follow the instructions of Macrium to restore (install) my image.

All further questions about using imaging applications in this section, please: Backup and Restore - Windows 7 Help Forums

Kari
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01 Apr 2014   #605
anoopsingh1198

windows 7 32 bit
 
 

Cleared a lot of details..
I would do the First 5 steps...Then boot it with a bootable CD(Would old Windows Bootable DVD work? or Bootable USB) and then Make a System Image. Then would Restore this Image on the New Laptop. Got it now.

Thankyou..
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01 Apr 2014   #606
Kari

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center
 
 

Use Macrium Reflect Free for your imaging and restoring, for that we have experts available here at the Seven Forums if help is needed.

See the tutorials:
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09 Apr 2014   #607
SteveTT

Windows 7 64 Bit
 
 
Recent Failed Attempt

Hi All, I have been following this forum recently after failing to complete Method 1 on my current PC. I completed the Sysprep as advised, the PC shutdown and I moved everything to my new PC case. The changes to hardware include a different model Asrock MB, new CPU and that's it. On turning on the new PC it would not boot. Then I reseated the RAM which then booted up the PC which began loading in drivers but then proceeded to enter a persistent reboot.

I have attempted a repair which failed to fix anything. I tried swapping the boot type from IDE but nothing. I managed to enter repair mode. Luckily I had backed up the image and have now put everything back into the old hardware which boots ok, but very slow.

I still need to move the PC over. Any tips for a successful transfer? I've read about removing drivers to the GPU and returning SATA drivers to standard, however they are already on standard. Any assistant greatly appreciated!

Steve
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09 Apr 2014   #608
Kari

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center
 
 

Hi Steve, welcome to the Seven Forums.

Did you read this at the very bottom of the tutorial:

Quote:
EDIT: A Useful tip from xxxwea, as later confirmed by Victor:
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Victor S View Post
Kari, just a suggestion.

You might note in the tutorial that if on first booting Windows can't finish configuring, a reboot into safe mode, then a normal reboot will allow it to finish successfully.

This has happened to me both times I used a sysprepped system drive in a new computer. I found the answer to this problem buried deep in this thread the first time I ran into it, and the same thing happened yesterday on a different computer.

It's a seemingly very silly solution, but it works. I do believe many people have abandoned their sysprep work when they encounter the problem.

I think the solution deserves more visibility.
Safe Mode boot really helps often. Also, before booting the new rig first time disconnect all other hard disks except the system disk, all external devices except mouse and keyboard, and so on.

I have had a few systems when nothing I have done have helped. They have all had an Intel to AMD or AMD to Intel processor change in common.

Kari
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09 Apr 2014   #609
SteveTT

Windows 7 64 Bit
 
 

Thanks Kari,
Yes I did read that re booting into safe mode and tried it, though it was after a number of previous normal reboots. I don't know if that would of ruined any benefit in following this procedure but I will definitely try it when I attempt again this weekend.

One thing I wanted to ask you - I presume now I have my backup system image back online, another sysprep will effectively be as if its been done for the first time and no other allowance need to be made other than the drivers to standard treatment for drives etc?
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