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Windows 7: New Dell computer - old hard drive restore

22 Jul 2012   #1

Windows 7 Untimate x64
New Dell computer - old hard drive restore

Hi, a friend of mine has an older Dell Windows 7 Ultimate Intel Core i7 that is overheating and shutting down very frequently. It had a lot of dust inside and in the vents but even after cleaning that, it still shuts down if you do anything even the least bit taxing. So...

They bought a new Dell Windows 7 Ultimate computer that is a new Intel Core i7 (Ivy Bridge) with much more RAM etc. Very nice system.

Can an image from the old hard drive be used to restore the system to the new hard drive in the new computer? That way they don't have to reinstall all their programs, restore data, etc.?

NOTE: they are also running a Windows XP XP Mode image for a few programs that don't work in Windows 7.

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22 Jul 2012   #2
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No way. That is not going to work for a whole list of reasons. With the new PC you'll have to start from scratch.
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22 Jul 2012   #3

Windows 7 Untimate x64

OK, just wanted to check my facts. That's what I told them. But they wanted to be sure.
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