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Windows 7: Moving Windows 7 disk or disk image to different hardware

14 Apr 2013   #1

Windows 7 Pro
Moving Windows 7 disk or disk image to different hardware

With Server 2003 and Windows XP, you could do an "Inplace Reinstall" to move a disk or disk image to different hardware (if it wouldn't start because of a different "Hardware Abstration Layer")

I just moved my Windows 7 drive from a Dell Precision 390 to a Dell Precision T3400 and it won't start.

The "inplace reinstall" was a no brainer with Server 2003 / XP. Just put in the CD, Boot, select "Upgrade" and walk away.

Is there a similar no brainer for Windows 7. There is no Upgrade option when you boot to the DVD.

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14 Apr 2013   #2
Microsoft MVP


You can SysPrep to move HD to another computer and move an image afterwards.

My System SpecsSystem Spec
14 Apr 2013   #3
Mark Phelps

Win7 Pro 32-bit, Win8 Pro 32-bit

Macrium Reflect sells a version of its recovery/backup software that allows you to "restore to different hardware" -- which will do just what you want. I know because I did exactly this myself.
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