I posted this by mistake in the wrong place, was hoping for help from Kari or one of the smart folks here. hopefully one of you can clarify some things for me
I'll try and figure out how to move it here, but I copied the text below.
hey all, hopefully one of you can clarify some things for me.
The situation is that a Gateway Laptop from BestBuy died but HD is good. (It has a licensed proprietary app that I need!)
BestBuy of course was useless except to try and sell a new laptop, even with the "insurance".
Got comparable laptop, but only one available was an HP. (The gateway model was discontinued after only 4 months of production according to Best Buy because of hardware problems).
Putting the HD in the new HP of course won't boot.
The Gateway had win 7 Home (OEM) with an Anyware Upgrade to Ultimate applied. I have that license key but not the default key or the COA as BestBuy kept the chassis but sent back the HD.
To run SYSPREP, the system needs to be booted and active, so that seems to be out for me.
I have a Win 7 retail (technet) CD and Keys. Can I run the repair install from that and get a clean OOBE?
If not that, then will a download of Acronis 10 or Paragon Adaptive Restore create a bootable disk and run the "clone" (?) of the HD to an image that I can place over the native HP harddisk? Will it be clean and run the OOBE setup or will it also crash out?
What I am looking at is jumping through some hoops, but I really NEED an application that is on the old HD and can't spent
3K to get a re-install (and no they don't care that my other machine died).
Thanks for any help, I am kinda desperate for that data.
Update: I downloaded Paragon, and Easeus both of which claim to have the "Universal Restore" option.
Both have some sort of conflict with all 8 of the machines I tried to boot with them.
For Paragon, all the machines boot into the CD and get the splash screen, freeze and then shut down. I have downloaded twice and both copies and burned cd's (4 total) do the same thing on all 8 machines.
For EaseUs, same situation. only all the machines needed to Launch Repair when rebooted into Win 7.
The target machine w/ the old hard drive to move, won't even get all the way into either program before it shuts down.
I will try the Acronis and then I may have to go to CloneZilla or PinG to try and do an offline image, but then Have to figure out how to get the Universal Restore to run. Any suggests would be great.
BTW all the machine tried are Toshiba, Gateway or HP with win 7 Ultimate.