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

22 May 2011   #70

W764 & W764

Well thats just lovely, looks like I will have to go back to a clean install, oh well guess I need one anyways.

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25 May 2011   #71

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I'm with Greg in this. You might have better luck with Paragon. I've had one system where nothing else worked. Don't know why.

I'm sorry this did not work for you.

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26 May 2011   #72

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Hi Kari

I personally always always do a
1) Norton scan.
2) SFC /SCANNOW Command - System File Checker
3) Disk Check
4) Check the hard drive with the manufacturer's diagnostic tool.

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01 Jun 2011   #73

Windows 7 Ultimate (x86), Windows 7 Home Premium (x64), Windows 7 Professional (x86)

Thanks Kari for all the info. This article has brought me to this site (via google). Kari, I have a question.

I an HP running Win 7 Pro (OEM) x86. And I have a few others that are exactly the same. On my reference computer, my plan to deploy was to remove the "bloatware" then load my companies software. After that I wanted to make an image file of this computer and copy the image to the other computers. Keep in mind all the other computers are identical (model, make, and with Win 7 x86).

I want to do it this way, because I don't want to keep taking off the same bloatware and loading the same software over and over again. Would your method to use sysprep a better choice for me? Or am I totally missing the point and barking up the wrong tree?

Again, thank you for the great article
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01 Jun 2011   #74

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Hi Pknut, welcome to the Seven Forums.

I would do it like this:
- Prepare your "Master computer", the first HP laptop as you want. Install and uninstall as you wish, set up user accounts and so on.
- Follow the tutorial > Method 2 or 3 to create and move the image to other laptops.

That's it.

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01 Jun 2011   #75


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01 Jun 2011   #76

Windows 7 Ultimate (x86), Windows 7 Home Premium (x64), Windows 7 Professional (x86)

Keri and Greg, Wow Thanks! You guys are awesome...I'm glad to be a new member of this community.

Greg, your method to remove the bloatware is thorough. I was using decrapifier then ccleaner...I think I got mostly everything off, but I like your procedure much better. I will try it

Keri, one last thing. On the reference computer. If I have, say 3 partitions a
C: (main boot drive)
D: (temporary backup incase anything screws up...let's say this is an image of C: after removal of bloatware)
E: (HP factory recovery)

Will sysprep affect my backup and recovery? Also, when the image is made and moved over, is it for the entire drive (every partition bit for bit), or just the main drive (C?
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01 Jun 2011   #77

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A personal opinion, other geeks might or might not agree:

Using this method to transfer a Windows installation to a new computer should only be done when all system files and folders as well as user profiles and folders are located on default locations i.e. on the same partition where Windows is installed. If this is the case, generalizing Windows with sysprep only affects system drive (usually C, leaving other disks, drives and partitions intact.

In other words, if you have relocated for instance your Documents folder or complete user profile to another partition or disk, I recommend first moving them back to system drive before generalizing windows setup.

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23 Jun 2011   #78

Windows 7
motherboard replacement

Thanks for the rapid reply.
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13 Jul 2011   #79

Windows Ultimate x64
For an OEM

Following this tutorial allowed me to swap a HD to a new machine while it had an OEM version of windows on it. However on the first run after sysprepping and putting the HD into the new machine I was prompted to enter a new product key or purchase one. upon doing so I was up and running without losing a single setting or bit of data.

If you skip that (or missed that chance) a repair with a new OS Disk also does the trick.

Just thought those who may go through the "I don't want to reinstall EVERYTHING just because I want to upgrade my coworkers [Dell, HP, etc.]." situation would like to know this.
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