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Windows 7: Recommended Method of Hardware upgrade

08 Feb 2011   #1

Windows 7 64 Enterprise
Recommended Method of Hardware upgrade

I have Windows 7 64 bit Ent
I am looking at replacing the mobo CPU and boot drive (SSD).
I am happy with my software install. So I would like to "recover" it after the hardware build.
So what methods do I have available of replacing the above items
and then installing Win 7 on the new SSD then "Restoring" my current software suite

Will I be able to use a Server image?
if yes what is the dark side of doing so?

Will I be able to use a Software transfer?
if yes what is te dark side of this option?

or is it best to just man up and do a total fresh install of all the software?


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08 Feb 2011   #2
Microsoft MVP


A clean install is always a good idea until you are up and running with a purrfect install when you can capture it with Win7 backup imaging and then never need to reinstall again: Clean Install Windows 7

However if you'd like to keep the same software image you now have on your HD, as a final step on the old hardware you can SysPrep your HD: Windows 7 Installation - Transfer to a New Computer

Transfer HD to the new hardware to clone/image the old HD to the SSD using Win7 or your favorite imaging utility, or excellent free Acronis cloning/imaging utility which is included with any WD or Seagate drive - manual included on Download page below.

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Backup Complete Computer - Create an Image Backup
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