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

30 Oct 2015   #830

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit

Hi guys this is the best forum.

I have C Drive 64gb SSD (OS), E Drive 500gb SSD for games Origin and Steam installed on it and F Drive 1.5tb HHD with some programs installed on it. I am upgrading my Motherboard (Fatality X99X Killer), CPU (i7-5820K), 32gb Corsair Ram and a SAPPHIRE NITRO Radeon R9 390.
So my existing board has Windows 7 OEM on it, I have a new copy of Windows 7 (the same Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-Bit - OEM). What i'd like to do is the following;
1. Transfer my existing C Drive (OS)to a Samsung SSD EVO 840 120gb (Got it last X-Mass never installed it) on my existing PC, use sysprep.
2. Install new components
3. Install SSD EVO 840 120gb with the OS Windows 7 from my old rig and use the activation code from the new copy of Windows 7.
4. Then hook up my other 2 drives (E & F) hopefully without having to reinstall the programs that are on those drives or losing any of their data.
Will this work?

Thanks in advance.

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30 Oct 2015   #831

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1

Looks like it should work. Make sure you backup image your original state of Windows before starting and if anything fails you can revert back.
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05 Nov 2015   #832

Windows 7 64 bit professional
in case anyone else is as incompetent as me

I hope this makes sense, and if needed it can be followed, I realize this may have been addressed previously, but this post is quite long to read every page.

I used method 1, got the system error "Sysprep - Fatal error occurred while trying to sysprep the machine"

did this in regedit from another forum: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\Setup\Status\SysprepStatus to 7 (mine was set at 4)

still couldn't make sysprep work, so I tried the work around (given on the first page of this forum), but I couldn't run the "net stop WMPNetworkSvc". I had a prompt saying C:users\myname, so that is probably the reason, although I am the administrator.

so I followed this method to turn off all "Media Features"

How to Disable Windows Media Player in Windows 7

and then sysprep worked! Whew! now I can begin my new component installation and see how things work. I will report back.

And, Thank You for this posting of how to save an operating system when updating equipment.
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05 Nov 2015   #833

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient


Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by winsgrams View Post
I had a prompt saying C:users\myname, so that is probably the reason, although I am the administrator.
This means you did it wrong, not following the instructions. You being an admin and using your account has nothing to do with doing this right, using the built-in administrator account.

Next time, follow the instructions and open the command prompt as clearly told in the tutorial. This quote from the instructions in the tutorial:

Run Command Prompt as administrator
This opens the built-in administrator command prompt, which shows the current folder in prompt as C:\Windows\System32 instead of your C:\Users\Your_Username, and shows the label Administrator: Command Prompt in the title bar:
Windows 7 Installation - Transfer to a New Computer-capture.png
Your own admin user account and the built-in administrator account are two totally different things. I suggest all users who do not understand the instructions but want to proceed anyway to follow the instructions to the letter!

A plain and simple user error, caused by the user not following the instructions.


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05 Nov 2015   #834

Windows 7 64 bit professional

I had no choice when things go right it's nice, but my system wouldn't allow me to follow your path. I would go to "Accessories", then "Command Prompt" but I was given no choice just the command prompt window opening, I tried it several times. I was doing this on a backup image on a separate hard drive connected as the only hard drive so I can use it for the new build, the original drive wouldn't stay open long enough before it gave a BSOD, which is the reason I am doing this in the first place.

Why the system started giving the BSOD I don't know, it's been a dual boot system with W7/Xp for several years. One recent day running W7 for several hours the BSOD started shutting down the system, I found I could run XP indefinitely, and also W7 in safe mode. Instead of spending hours tracking down the problem I will do an upgrade with a new motherboard, cpu, and video card. I would like to have the previous Windows 7 setup with the new components which is why I found your tutorial.

Even though I didn't follow the instructions the tutorial helped, Thank You!
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05 Nov 2015   #835

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient


Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by winsgrams View Post
I had no choice when things go right it's nice, but my system wouldn't allow me to follow your path. I would go to "Accessories", then "Command Prompt" but I was given no choice just the command prompt window opening, I tried it several times.
I take the blame, it is apparently my fault; I assumed that context or so called right click menus is so basic Windows feature that every user knows how to right click the Command Prompt or any other command in Start Menu to get the context menu shown as in the screenshot, and can then select Run as administrator from it.

I've now added specific instructions to right click, here's the edited part from the tutorial:
Run Command Prompt as administrator by right clicking it in Start Menu and selecting Run as administrator.
Main thing is you got it done.
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05 Nov 2015   #836

Windows 7 64 bit professional

LOL, I guess I'm the last person on the planet to learn this about Windows.

Thank you for updating the tutorial.
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29 Dec 2015   #837

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit

Came across this thread after a Google search.

I have a problem with a DELL 15 3552 laptop that had Ubuntu installed and wanted to load up Windows 7 as my father want 7 rather than 8,10. The laptop does not have a DVD device so connected a external drive (USB) and also loading from Bootable USB.

When I try to install (from DVD/USB) I get a message early on that a CD/DVD device drivers is missing and cant carry on with install. I've thrown many drivers at it but cant find what it wants. This is a known problem from MS (who didn't fix it !) - note, strangely Windows 8 installed from USB correctly (but I dont have a WIN8 licence to install a working machine).

Do you think that if I install Windows 7 from a DVD (using laptop disk) on a PC, then SYSPREP the installation produced then put disk back into laptop and load it will work ???? (without SYSPREP I'm getting a problem on CHECKPNP.SYS and system reboots).

Please consider this scenario to fix the problem as I've been working on this problem (a very long time, long hours).

29 December 2015
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02 Jan 2016   #838

Windows 7 Home Premum 32bit

Hi All,

This is a greatly helpful post and very helpful community in general, so firstly let me say thanks for that.

I have a couple of questions which pertain to this specific sysprep procedure. I am planning to do an upgrade of the core components of a machine but want to keep as much of the installation in place so I can get back to work as quickly as possible - sysprep looks to be the best way for me to achieve that. I do however note that there are several things which cannot be transferred, the ones of note are:

All system specific information is removed or uninstalled
All personalization is removed (taskbar, toolbars, folder options, start orb etc.)
Built-in administrator account is disabled (if it was enabled) and needs to be re-enabled after the transfer if needed

Being mindful of the above what things specifically do I need to remember/take note of to restore after the transfer - would a screenshot of my taskbar and start menu suffice?

As for the administrator account being disabled, I assume that after I make the "test" account to get started I can then delete that and switch back to my existing account and simply set it to administrator?

Finally, when it removes all system specific information is this limited to the internal hardware (eg. motherboard drivers) or does it include drivers for other peripherals attached to the current machine. The reason I ask is that we use a wide format printer which has a complicated installation and setup that I'm hoping I won't have to carry out again from scratch?

Thanks for any help.
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04 Jan 2016   #839

Windows 7 Home Premum 32bit

Ok guys so I took the plunge and followed method one to migrate the HDD from my existing PC to the one I have just built, unfortunately things haven't gone smoothly.

First thing I noticed was that when I reached the language selection screen my mouse and keyboard would not work. After some plugging and unplugging I had to resort to a restart to get my PS2 keyboard to be recognised and managed to wade my way through the first time setup process with keyboard only. However, once I reached the desktop I noticed that I had no USB and no internet. I went to the device manager to investigate and I am seeing these errors and not quite sure how to resolve them.

Would really appreciate some pointers on this - I tried to going to Action>Scan for Hardware Changes and it gave an error that it had failed to install the hardware :S

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