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


02 Jan 2011   #679
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 May 2014   #680
Scoop

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Britton30 View Post
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.
Thanks for the info. I might give it a try since, after reading Kari's thread, I've been interested in trying Sysprep out to see what happens. I haven't set aside the time yet to do one but I want to try a proactive Sysprep image so that it will be there in case I have a MoBo failure.

I won't try it with my Toshiba Laptop, OEM, factory brand-name, etc.

I wonder if the 3rd-party tools, such as Acronis, or Macrium Reflect (paid) provide a disclaimer regarding Windows OEM version restores to new hardware.

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29 May 2014   #681
Robert42

Windows 7 64
 
 

I have just changed over my motherboard from AMD to Intel and I followed this tutorial very closely. Initially it failed to boot and on the surface seem to have got itself in the loop of rebooting. Patience is the name of the game.

What I did was to try the repair function of Windows but that also failed. But I think this was important to let it know that Windows disk was in the drive. On to more boots it gave me the opportunity to boot in safe mode. That to failed. But with nothing to lose except the daunting task of reinstallation that I wanted to avoid at all costs I persisted in allowing the system to reboot multiple times. I couple more times is successfully went into "Setup Is Installing Devices". Doing this it was accessing the Windows disk

This is a great tutorial has been a big help to me. I just wanted to share my experience and for anyone else just to be patient. Whether going into system repair really was necessary I don't know. I just take it that a lot of the hardware was not enumerating for the new motherboard.

Finally any software that uses activation may have to be re-activated as well as Windows.

Thanks very much, a tutorial everyone should keep a reference to.

Robert…
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30 May 2014   #682
Kari

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center
 
 

Good to know Robert you got it working.

Usually the Safe Mode boot method works if there are any complications, personally I have never needed system repair to get it work. Simply, if the first boot after sysprep and replacing hardware fails, boot to Safe Mode, shutdown, boot normally.

Anyway, thanks for sharing your experience.

Kari
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02 Jun 2014   #683
XiNzGa

7/zorin/
 
 

tys so much man....
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28 Jun 2014   #684
Madmaxneo

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Kari,
I'm having an issue. I tried the sysprep method and I am unable to get it to boot into windiows. I am also unable to boot into safe mode, it starts loading the drivers then stops and states there is an issue with startup and it will attempt to repair, then I get "windows is unable to repair this startup". I've tried different things and at one point the startup repair takes like 30 mins then goes to something like "windows is unable to repair this startup, would you like to send an error report?"

Is there anything I can do here?

Bruce

Edit: My system specs are everything it will be once I get it booted up into the Asus P5N-D motherboard. Right now I am working off a Dell Inspiron 745 mini tower. Everything in the mini tower has been upgraded except the MB and I installed windows 7 64 bit, it is not an OEM version.
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28 Jun 2014   #685
Robert42

Windows 7 64
 
 

Hi Bruce

This is exactly the same problem that I had. Just be very persistent and keep doing it over and over again. To be honest I lost count in the number of times that I tried to reboot and repair, but finally started to give a little each time.

Good luck and keep persevering. I eventually got there and I was very happy with the result because I simply did not want to have to do all that reinstallation again.

Robert…
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28 Jun 2014   #686
Madmaxneo

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

yeah I am the same way. Other than that another fear is what effect this is having on my SSD with moving it back and forth and doing the sysprep twice so far along with a system restore.
I did think it was taking longer and longer to get to the "unable to repair startup" message. I will try it again tonight. One thing, should I keep doing start up repair or just keep trying to boot into windows safe mode (it took like 10 mins the last time). Another thing is at one point I got the windows background screen with a mouse cursor but nothing else. I let it sit for awhile and eventually had to hold in the power button for 7 seconds to restart it.
Also what's with this "windows registry fix" that shows up at the top of every page of this thread?

Bruce
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28 Jun 2014   #687
Kari

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Madmaxneo View Post
Kari,
I'm having an issue. I tried the sysprep method and I am unable to get it to boot into windiows. I am also unable to boot into safe mode, it starts loading the drivers then stops and states there is an issue with startup and it will attempt to repair, then I get "windows is unable to repair this startup". I've tried different things and at one point the startup repair takes like 30 mins then goes to something like "windows is unable to repair this startup, would you like to send an error report?"

Is there anything I can do here?

Bruce

Edit: My system specs are everything it will be once I get it booted up into the Asus P5N-D motherboard. Right now I am working off a Dell Inspiron 745 mini tower. Everything in the mini tower has been upgraded except the MB and I installed windows 7 64 bit, it is not an OEM version.
Try disconnecting all external devices, leaving just display, mouse and keyboard. Reboot, keep trying the Safe Mode.

Worst case scenario is to restore your computer from backup and try again or reinstall from scratch. If you have a backup to restore, move all your personal data to an external storage before trying again, in case you need to reinstall.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Robert42 View Post
Hi Bruce

This is exactly the same problem that I had. Just be very persistent and keep doing it over and over again. To be honest I lost count in the number of times that I tried to reboot and repair, but finally started to give a little each time.

Good luck and keep persevering. I eventually got there and I was very happy with the result because I simply did not want to have to do all that reinstallation again.

Robert…
Good to hear your persistence helped .
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28 Jun 2014   #688
Robert42

Windows 7 64
 
 

Sorry to hear that Bruce is owing so much problem but I am pleased to see that Kari is online to help as I'm certainly not a technical person. I have just read through my post that I wrote when I finally got the system up and running. It certainly reminded me that the system disk needed to be in the drive because during those attempts it was continually accessing that drive.

Since I did a Sysrep I haven't looked back. There was still quite a bit of work to do getting everything running again because a lot of the software such as PhotoShop & Dragon NaturallySpeaking became deregistered. I also had to manually remove the old motherboard drivers just to make sure the system was nice and clean.

I'm signing off now but please report back to us when you get things going because your experience can help other people as well.

Robert…
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28 Jun 2014   #689
Madmaxneo

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Kari View Post
Try disconnecting all external devices, leaving just display, mouse and keyboard. Reboot, keep trying the Safe Mode.

Worst case scenario is to restore your computer from backup and try again or reinstall from scratch. If you have a backup to restore, move all your personal data to an external storage before trying again, in case you need to reinstall.
Nothing else is connected except the monitor, which is connected via the mini HDMI cable on the GT 630 card. I made it a point not to install anything else. I really hope I don't need to re-install because at this time I would be unable to as I have no idea where my win 7 disc is. I downloaded a win 7 64 bit ISO image that was supposed to work with my license but it doesn't work. It starts going through the install process and freezes part way through.
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Robert42 View Post
Sorry to hear that Bruce is owing so much problem but I am pleased to see that Kari is online to help as I'm certainly not a technical person. I have just read through my post that I wrote when I finally got the system up and running. It certainly reminded me that the system disk needed to be in the drive because during those attempts it was continually accessing that drive.

Since I did a Sysrep I haven't looked back. There was still quite a bit of work to do getting everything running again because a lot of the software such as PhotoShop & Dragon NaturallySpeaking became deregistered. I also had to manually remove the old motherboard drivers just to make sure the system was nice and clean.

I'm signing off now but please report back to us when you get things going because your experience can help other people as well.

Robert…
Robert, you used the win 7 system disc? If so them I may be screwed. I have a repair disc and 2 image back ups but I have no idea where my actual win 7 disc is. I may have accidentally thrown it out.
Is it possible to get a windows 7 64 bit ISO through the Windows website?

Bruce

EDIT: I was able to find the ISO images for windows 7 on on of their forums. I downloaded and put it on the disc. Now I'm going to re-sysprep my drive, and put everything onto the new MB (for now that is only the RAM and the PSU, as my old Dell PSU's cables would not even fit across the board). As it is booting up I will put the new windows 7 ISO into the CD rom..... So wish me luck!
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