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Windows 7: Install backup image as a second boot os

14 Jul 2014   #11

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit.

Thanks guys ... so I can just image my old windows 7 using acronis true image and install in my new laptop in a separate partition .. right ...
i am not too worried about EULA SIW2 said ... i did buy this OS as part of my laptop Extra 100 $ ... it's not like they give it for free .... i had valuable data in my old laptop which I would like to retain in my new laptop.... further my new laptop also has a original version of windows ... i don'tsee anything wwrong in doing this ...

now can someone help with the process ... would using acronis true image in any way hamper my existing win 8.1 ... since my new laptop has different components ..would drivers cause any issus .... one more doubt I had was the uefi boot ... win 7 doesn't support uefi I guess ... so would it dual boot with 8.1 ... i can just switch on legacy mode in bios right

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14 Jul 2014   #12

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64

You might have an issue with the driver situation. It depends how different the new hardware is.

You can make it bootable on new hardware Make Windows 7 bootable after motherboard swap

Maybe your Acronis already has restore to different hardware function.

There is a problem with the efi thing.

If your win7 was booting in regular bios mode, it would have been on an mbr partitioned drrive.

If you restore it to a gpt drive, windows has a peculiar limitation - it will only boot from gpt if you also use efi.

I don't know if your Acronis can do that kind of transfer. I think Paragon can. But you would need paid paragon for that.
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14 Jul 2014   #13
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1

Now I am confused.
I always understood that you don't buy Windows; you pay for the right to use it under the condition of the agreement. Kind of like a lease agreement with a car with no time limit.

When you lease a car you can't take the engine out of the car and do with it as you please without breaking the lease agreement.

My understanding is a EULA (end user license agreement) is like a lease agreement.

This is probably why everything will be in a Cloud.
Pay as you go; no pay no go. Better control over EULA proper usage.

I'm thinking the day will come where OEM and Retail will be the same including the price. Move the operating system as you please as long as one copy it is on one computer at a time.
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14 Jul 2014   #14

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64

No, it isn't like that. If you buy e.g. a book, you get ownership of one copy of the book, which you can give away or sell as you like.

You don't get all rights over the content. You can't sell multiple copies, because you only bought one. You can't serialise it in your magazine . You only have rights over one copy/license whatever you want to call it.

That is your right. That is what buying means.

Software is no different.

You buy a license. You can move , give away or sell that license. But only one, because you only bought one.

This is probably why everything will be in a Cloud.
Pay as you go; no pay no go.
Yes exactly.

Software giants have tried for a long time to get around those ownership rights. They can not do it by legal means

That is why they are trying to persuade people to rent. They will have control, not you.
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14 Jul 2014   #15


So do you think this is why we've seen them liberalize OEM rules to activate on changed mobos when previously they wouldn't do this? We have repeated reports here of MS allowing retail OEM to change mobos.

But I have not seen where they allow factory OEM to change mobos. Do you think they'll give variance on that too with phone activation?

Or am I missing your point Si?
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14 Jul 2014   #16

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64

Yes, I think they will be fine with that Greg.
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14 Jul 2014   #17

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit.

I tried this today but it did not work ... I made a image using acronis true image 2014 ... restored this to my D drive in my new laptop ... when I restarted boot manager did not even list Win 7... then I added one bed entry myself for this drive ... now I could see the entry in boot manager ... but if I select it just reboots .. nothing happens ... what am I doing wrong ?
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14 Jul 2014   #18

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit

Imaging can fail for obscure reasons.

Having said that, post a screen shot of Windows Disk Management.

Tell us again exactly which partitions were imaged and to where they were restored, with reference to your screen shot.
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15 Jul 2014   #19
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8

This is not going to work anyhow. Why don't you just save your user data and reuse that on the Windows 8 system.
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15 Jul 2014   #20

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64

What do you intend to do with your old laptop and it`s windows 7 license ?

Scrap it ?
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