Windows 7 Installation - Transfer to a New Computer

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  1. Posts : 17,545
    Windows 10 Pro x64 EN-GB
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       #150

    Sysprep does not touch on anything else than hardware specific drivers and settings, replacing them with generic ones to allow system to be transferred to any hardware setup. If it works, as usual, everything you have installed stays intact. If not, you always have your backup to restore.

    You can of course do this manually, as Kaktussoft told above. One by one uninstall everything manually. It's just that sysprep with generalizing switch is designed to do this automatically with one click, easy and secure.

    Kari
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    Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bits 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
       #151

    There are some personal settings that revert back to default!
    Windows 7 Installation - Transfer to a New Computer
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  3. Posts : 4
    Windows 7 Home Premium x64
       #152

    All I want is my application preferences to stay intact. I've read that Kaktussoft method works - just uninstall unwanted devices and shutdown. Replace hardware, boot up windows so it installs proper drivers for the current setup.
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    Win7 64 bits FR
       #153

    It should work, the IDE/SATA driver is the most important driver to uninstall.

    Sysprep should be used as a last resort.
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  5. Posts : 16
    windows 7 64 bit
       #154

    I used this tutorial a few months ago when I was trying out a new motherboard... Works very well.

    But my situation now is that my mobo sizzled after my water cooling tubes came loose and it "rained" all over my board. Even after drying the system completely there are major issues. So I bought a new mobo last night and since I can't boot into my Windows installation, wondered if I might try booting with the drive attached to the new board, but in Safe Mode, and run Sysprep at that point. Now that I've written the idea, it seems unlikely that it would work but I don't know what else to try.

    Thanks,
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  6. Posts : 17,545
    Windows 10 Pro x64 EN-GB
    Thread Starter
       #155

    Never tried like that, I have my doubts. I think this is one of those occasions where a complete fresh install is the only right thing to do.

    Kari
    Last edited by Kari; 28 Jan 2012 at 13:44. Reason: Typo
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  7. Posts : 16
    windows 7 64 bit
       #156

    I strongly suspect so, too. All my data is safe. Using a boot disc, I'm going to try to at least save off a <dir> list of my Program Files folders; that's always helpful when building from scratch. B-)
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  8. Posts : 2
    Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
       #157

    Personalization


    Hi Kari,

    Thank you for the clearest, most succinct explanation of sysprep and how to create a system image that I've seen so far. (I'm not a full-time IT person, so I appreciate keeping it simple.)

    I'm working on upgrading about 10 new computers. I want them all to "look and feel" the same. So, losing the personalization with sysprep is a problem. My new pc's have oem licenses, which I'd like to use again. But with my installation of Win 7, personalizations, applications, etc.

    Do you know of a workaround to either include the personalizations, or to replace them once I've used sysprep and restored the image?

    What would you recommend ?

    Thanks!

    Phil
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  9. Posts : 17,545
    Windows 10 Pro x64 EN-GB
    Thread Starter
       #158

    Hi Phil, welcome to the Seven Forums.

    The generalize switch used in this tutorial with sysprep is the reason you lose all personalization. However, you can sysprep without generalizing, although I would not recommend method described in this tutorial to be used in corporate environment for Windows deployment.

    Please check these Microsoft guides first, then come back if you have any more questions:
    - Windows 7: Deployment
    - Building a Standard Image of Windows 7: Step-by-Step Guide

    Kari
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  10. Posts : 2
    Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
       #159

    Kari,

    Thanks for the quick response!

    I could try sysprep without generalizing and then use Acronis with Universal Restore to image and restore, using Universal Restore to load drivers for the different PC's. Would that work?

    Is there an alternative to sysprep that would allow me to enter the OEM product key for each pc? I don't really need the oobe. For these workstations, I use the same account for all users on all of the pc's. I only need to change the computer name. Everything else can be the same as all the others.

    Thanks again for your help!

    Phil
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