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


02 Jan 2011   #669
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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04 May 2014   #670
Kari

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Britton30 View Post
IT might but you have to try it to see.
Repair Install
I would first try the system repair option, booting from install media and selecting Repair your computer:
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I do not know if it helps but it is definitively worth to try. Select the Startup repair option:
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04 May 2014   #671
crashnbuen

WinXP/ Win7x64/ Mac OSX Snow Leopard - Multi Boot
 
 

Oh! this one. Got it. Will try. I thought you were saying Repair Install.
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05 May 2014   #672
crashnbuen

WinXP/ Win7x64/ Mac OSX Snow Leopard - Multi Boot
 
 

I ended up restoring from Backup Image and running Startup Repair (as the restored image did not boot). Go it boot and running on X61T

And then after making a few System Restore snapshots on X61T, popped it in straight into T61 from X61T. (Very similar chipsets) - So, except for few drivers that had to be updated, its running well and good.

I might try SysPrep over next weekend with the additonal steps recommended by Kari and see if it can be a cleaner leaner machine with a fresh Hardware driver base.
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05 May 2014   #673
yjgfikl

Windows 7 Professional 64 bit
 
 
Secondary Drive

Hey Kari, you must be exhausted from all these questions.

First, I'd like to start by thanking you for this awesome guide. I've got one hopefully simple/quick question. I'll be upgrading my motherboard and processor within the next few days. I've got Windows 7 Pro installed on my SSD, and the majority of my programs/games on a regular hard drive. Will the programs still refer to my P: drive for programs after sysrepping?

Thank you so much for this thread, and I'm sorry I had to contribute to the question-asking. :P
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05 May 2014   #674
Kari

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by yjgfikl View Post
Hey Kari, you must be exhausted from all these questions.

First, I'd like to start by thanking you for this awesome guide. I've got one hopefully simple/quick question. I'll be upgrading my motherboard and processor within the next few days. I've got Windows 7 Pro installed on my SSD, and the majority of my programs/games on a regular hard drive. Will the programs still refer to my P: drive for programs after sysrepping?

Thank you so much for this thread, and I'm sorry I had to contribute to the question-asking. :P
Sysprep does not change the references to various drives. The only thing it does if used as told in this tutorial is to remove all hardware specific information, to allow you to move the Windows to a new computer.

A program installed in X: will still run from X: after the move.
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15 May 2014   #675
Scoop

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

Kari,

Great thread I read it all but I may have missed an answer to a couple of questions that I have about Sysprep.

- I'm running Win 7 x64 Home Premium OEM version. My PC was built at a local store (Micro Center) and was originally configured for RAID 1 . I had problems with the array so a few months after the initial PC build, the store disabled the RAID config and re-installed Windows.

Since Windows was re-installed after the initial install, I'm guessing that Sysprep won't work for me. Does that sound right?

- Does Sysprep work with Windows OEM version, but possibly requiring a phone reactivation from MS?
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15 May 2014   #676
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

It will work as far as I know it is a reinstall not an upgrade, say, from Home Premium to Ultimate. It works fine if your OS is a system Builder type of OEM.
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15 May 2014   #677
Kari

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Scoop View Post
Since Windows was re-installed after the initial install, I'm guessing that Sysprep won't work for me. Does that sound right?
If it is the first, initial installation of Windows or a reinstall is totally irrelevant. Sysprep works always when Windows is installed clean (Custom install instead of Upgrade install), regardless of if an OEM or Retail install media is used or how many times it is reinstalled. Microsoft does not support sysprepping Windows when it is in-place upgraded. There are three of these unsupported scenarios:
  1. An older Windows version is upgraded to a later version keeping installed software
  2. A Windows edition is upgraded to a superior edition of the same version keeping installed software
  3. Any Windows version edition and version is repair installed (repair install = in-place upgrade to same edition and version)

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Scoop View Post
- Does Sysprep work with Windows OEM version, but possibly requiring a phone reactivation from MS?
Sysprep works on any Retail and OEM version exactly the same way. A sysprepped Windows needs to be reactivated which in case of OEM version means it can usually be reactivated only when it stays on the same hardware. Moving a sysprepped OEM Windows image to another computer or same computer with new hardware components does usually not work, not even with phone activation.

Internet is full of success stories about users who have managed to reactivate an OEM Windows on different hardware; however, I do not want to create false expectations so I do not recommend transferring an OEM Windows. it might work, depending on the mood of the MS support tech who takes the call but it cannot be guaranteed.

Kari
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15 May 2014   #678
Scoop

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

Thanks for the info. I suspected that (OEM married to the MoBo/PC hardware) but I wanted to ask anyway.

I don't anticipate the need to try moving my OEM install to new hardware but if something happened to my MoBo, I might try it and see what happens.

I use Acronis (2011) for backups and it includes the "universal restore" option (restore to dissimilar hardware) but if I'm understanding the OEM issue, that wouldn't work.
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15 May 2014   #679
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Generally a factory OEM, such as Dell, HP, etc, can't be moved. System Builder OEMs can be but will take a call to MS to reactivate it.
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