Windows 7 Installation - Transfer to a New Computer

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    windows 7 home premium 64 bit
       #230

    Old hard drive in new build


    I have not seen anything that exactly helps me. I am replacing a dead motherboard and my old CPU but keeping all other equipment. I need to know if this should work as both boards are intel based. The old board is no longer made so I am updating with one using Z68 chipset. I use Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit and it is OEM...bought it from tiger direct when I upgraded from Vista. I do not want to lose any info on my hard drive and have no other pc to use. My husband uses Macs as he does graphic design. Should this change over work? If there is no way to make it work I am done with Microsoft. I have had so many issues over the years and very little help from them. I am hoping someone in these forums can give me some good suggestions. I enjoy being able to build my own pcs to my own specs. I am moving from a DP45SG extreme board with Intel Core 2 Quad CPU to Asus P8Z68V Pro and Intel Core i5-2500 processor. ( I have a Seagate Barracuda 1TB hard drive (sata), 2 Sony sata DVD burners, Coolmax 950w power supply, Corsair memory which I am upgrading, EVGA GeForce 9800 GT superclocked video card, and soundblaster audio card.)
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    Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bits 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
       #231

    realmy66 said:
    I have not seen anything that exactly helps me. I am replacing a dead motherboard and my old CPU but keeping all other equipment. I need to know if this should work as both boards are intel based. The old board is no longer made so I am updating with one using Z68 chipset. I use Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit and it is OEM...bought it from tiger direct when I upgraded from Vista. I do not want to lose any info on my hard drive and have no other pc to use. My husband uses Macs as he does graphic design. Should this change over work? If there is no way to make it work I am done with Microsoft. I have had so many issues over the years and very little help from them. I am hoping someone in these forums can give me some good suggestions. I enjoy being able to build my own pcs to my own specs. I am moving from a DP45SG extreme board with Intel Core 2 Quad CPU to Asus P8Z68V Pro and Intel Core i5-2500 processor. ( I have a Seagate Barracuda 1TB hard drive (sata), 2 Sony sata DVD burners, Coolmax 950w power supply, Corsair memory which I am upgrading, EVGA GeForce 9800 GT superclocked video card, and soundblaster audio card.)
    Because of the fact your old motherboard is dead, you can't sysprep anymore. You have to do it in another machine. But that's not available I know. And maybe it doesn't start at all in another pc.


    Harddisk was connected using serial ata, or just an IDE cable? serial ATA is most likely.
    1. Try to boot from new motherboard
    2. If not booting, switch from ahci to ide in BIOS or vice versa. (serial ata settings)
    3. Remove all old motherboard related stuff in device manager (on board stuff like network card, graphics card, audio etc)
    4. Uninstall all associated software like graphics cards configuratione utility
    5. remove drivers in IDE ATA/ATAPI-controllers group
    6. Install new drivers using CD that you got when buying new motherboard.
    All drivers work fine? See "device management". No question marks there?
    Switch back to AHCI mode (if you're in IDE mode now) AHCI : Enable in Windows 7 / Vista
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  3. Posts : 2
    windows 7 home premium 64 bit
       #232

    Thank you. I will try this and post back.
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    Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit Service Pack 1
       #233

    Is sysprep method possible when tranferring to Dell computer


    My wife has bought a new Dell XPS 8300 with Windows 7 Premium installed. She wishes to move all her programs and files from her old HP Pavilion machine with Windows 7 Professional installed to the new Dell machine. Is this possible with sysprep or will she have to use Windows easy transfer or similar program and reinstall her applications? I beleive from what I have read that sysprep appears to work only if the new machine does not contain an OS.

    Thanks
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    Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bits 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
       #234

    Archquark said:
    My wife has bought a new Dell XPS 8300 with Windows 7 Premium installed. She wishes to move all her programs and files from her old HP Pavilion machine with Windows 7 Professional installed to the new Dell machine. Is this possible with sysprep or will she have to use Windows easy transfer or similar program and reinstall her applications? I beleive from what I have read that sysprep appears to work only if the new machine does not contain an OS.

    Thanks
    Windows 7 Professional has a valid license (not OEM)?
    Dell XPS 8300 and old HP Pavilion are both desktops? or laptops?
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    Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit Service Pack 1
       #235

    Windows 7 Professional has a valid license (not OEM)?
    Dell XPS 8300 and old HP Pavilion are both desktops? or laptops?[/QUOTE]

    Both Dell XPS 8300 and HP Pavilion are desktops. Windows 7 Professional is a valid licensed update from Microsoft. The original OS was the HP OEM Windows 7 Premium that was installed on the computer when she bought it.

    Sorry for the delay in replying we were in the process of doing a backup of her HP hard drive. It took over 10 hours as our external backup drive is only USB 2.0. We will be buying a new external backup drive with esata port for the Dell.
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    Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bits 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
       #236

    Archquark said:
    we were in the process of doing a backup of her HP hard drive. It took over 10 hours as our external backup drive is only USB 2.0. We will be buying a new external backup drive with esata port for the Dell.
    How did you make the backup, so with what software? What did you backup, only C-drive or all partitions?
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    Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit Service Pack 1
       #237

    Kaktussoft said:
    How did you make the backup, so with what software? What did you backup, only C-drive or all partitions?
    We used the Windows 7 backup program and backed up the original HP system drive with the system image option selected.
    Last edited by Brink; 12 Apr 2012 at 12:08. Reason: fixed quote
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    Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit
       #238

    Hi, I have a few questions concerning SysPrep. I'm considering buying a new laptop and have come between two laptops, one with integrated graphics (not my primary choice) and a real graphics card (primary choice) however obviously this computer is more expensive and so to cut back on the price, I looked into seeing if I could transfer my entire computer over to the new one, without purchasing Win7 again. In place of the 90 dollar windows 7, I could get around a 40 dollar external hard drive and transfer the boot disc to that computer, right? I need to make sure of this before I waste my money on this computer as I am merely trying to save myself some money.

    TL;DR/Summary: Is it possible for me to use an external hard drive to save a boot disc or some sort of memory that contains all my information from my currently laptop to a completely formatted hard drive only laptop (one with no operating system) using SysPrep or some other method?
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    Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit & Windows Consumers Preview
       #239

    Awesome Tutorial man!! Keep up de GREAT Work!!!!
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