Windows 7 Installation - Transfer to a New Computer

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  1. Posts : 10,796
    Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bits 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
       #260

    Racehunter said:
    Here is a screenshot of the relevant device manager page.
    Step 2 you have already done! Step 4 after first paragraph isn't important because you have standard disk drivers.

    1. First disable automatic updates or disable wifi or simply disconnect network cable. Sure there no updates pending?? If so, continue. (otherwise first finish the updates).
    2. You can install the Microsoft standard AHCI driver from within Win7 through Device Manager. In Device Manager you expand “IDE ATA/ATAPI controllers”. Now rightclick on the branch that is listed and selected updat driver. Then select browse my computer for driver software. Select let me pick from list. In the screen tick the box (it’s already checked I think) "show compatible hardware". Select “standard AHCI 1.0 serial ATA controler”. And click next. Follow instructions. You have to reboot. Check afterwards in “device manager” if win7 realy replaced driver! Eventually do the same for IDE so set it to standard as well!
    3. I think you have many onboard things on old motherboard. For example on board wifi, on board network card, on board graphics, on board sound etc. Uninstall all those drivers from “device manager” (just to cleanup). DON’T reboot.
    4. I think you have some software belonging to old motherboard. For example graphics configuration utility. Uninstall that software. DON’T reboot.

      Now everything has been cleaned and disk driver is default (very important!!) If you forgot and still have NFORCE disk driver and the new controller is INTEL it doesn’t boot!! And then you can’t replace driver anymore! Default disk driver is the most important step!
    5. Now shutdown and power off (don’t reboot). Replace motherbord and connect disk drives. Enable SATA AHCI in BIOS. Set your BOOT priority good in BIOS (first CD then sata-disk I assume). Try to boot.
    6. Enable automatic updates or enable wifi or connect network cable. So undo what you did in step 1.
    7. Insert your new motherboard CD and let it install the new drivers. A reboot is required afterwards.
    8. Now it should work and nothing is lost! Check “device manager” for unknown devices or strange things. If any unknown devices… uninstall them and reboot. Still unknown stuff?
    9. Check if win7 is still activated (system properties).
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  2. Posts : 10,796
    Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bits 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
       #261

    Please post screenshot of "disk management" with all fields visible!!

    Kaktussoft said:
    Be sure new motherboard BIOS has SATA AHCI enabled
    Be sure new motherboard BIOS starts from SSD instead of HDD. Or simply say harddisk, but it's possible it starts from HDD if it has an active partition. Mark all HDD partition as inactive prior to swap. check in "disk management"

    Are you very sure it boots from SSD???!!! check in device management what partition has boot flag. If it's SSD partition then mark HDD partitions as inactive (if any)

    1. Enter diskpart, then list disk after diskpart is loaded.
    2. Enter select disk [number of the disk the partition is on].
    3. Enter list partition, followed by select partition [partition number].
    4. Type inactive.


    5. type exit
    Now check again in "disk management". Be sure not to make SSD partition inactive!
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  3. Posts : 60
    Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit
       #262

    The motherboard change won't be for a few days. Do you want a screen shot of disk management with the current board?

    I have been having so many problems, I do not know if I can keep the pc running long enough to do the preparation work. It even fails in BIOS and booting to BIOS. If I am lucky, I can get into Windows then it will crash again. I did have a similar problem a few months ago, but not as dramatic. With lots of help from this forum I thought it had been solved by a new graphics card, however its back with avengance. The only 2 components that haven't been changed are the motherboard and CPU.

    I wanted to move away from the ASUS M4A87TD/USB3 in light of the problems, however I might have to change for the same model, if I am unable to do the correct preparation for a different board.
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  4. Posts : 10,796
    Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bits 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
       #263

    Racehunter said:
    The motherboard change won't be for a few days. Do you want a screen shot of disk management with the current board?

    I have been having so many problems, I do not know if I can keep the pc running long enough to do the preparation work. It even fails in BIOS and booting to BIOS. If I am lucky, I can get into Windows then it will crash again. I did have a similar problem a few months ago, but not as dramatic. With lots of help from this forum I thought it had been solved by a new graphics card, however its back with avengance. The only 2 components that haven't been changed are the motherboard and CPU.

    I wanted to move away from the ASUS M4A87TD/USB3 in light of the problems, however I might have to change for the same model, if I am unable to do the correct preparation for a different board.
    Tip: Do all things in "safe mode" maybe it's more stable then(?)
    • I think you have many onboard things on old motherboard. For example on board wifi, on board network card, on board graphics, on board sound etc. Uninstall all those drivers from “device manager” (just to cleanup). DON’T reboot.
    • I think you have some software belonging to old motherboard. For example graphics configuration utility. Uninstall that software. DON’T reboot.
    Only these steps take some time to complete. You have even problems to get in BIOS. Booting to BIOS??? What kind of problems, please explain.

    And yes I wanna see screenshot of "disk management"
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  5. Posts : 60
    Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit
       #264

    Hi Kaktussoft,

    I am away from the suspect PC for a few days, but will get the screenshots as soon as I am back. The problems with booting are that on many occasions the PC fails to get past the welcome to windows page, or it stalls at the point where you would press delete to enter BIOS, or it does nothing, just sits there with a blank screen, but fans etc running on the PC. Sometimes, pressing the reset button starts the boot process up and others it takes many resets to gain any progress. Sometimes I have to turn it off and unplug before anything happens. I have had a screen come up telling me that overclocking has failed, when I don't overclock. I have had the screen appear telling me to press F1 to set BIOS and it actually freezes at that screen. If I get into BIOS, almost certainly it will freeze at some point and I have to go through reset again.

    Once into Windows, I can still get crashes for no apparent reason, but if I manage to keep it running for over an hour, I have a chance of it stabilising. If I leave the PC when it appears stable, it will often require a reboot when I come back to it. Very infuriating.

    Steve
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  6. Posts : 10,796
    Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bits 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
       #265

    So you have problems even before windows starts. Did you perform a memory check? It could be a memory problem, but I don't think so. Be very sure you didn't overclock!

    Because you have problems entering bios I think motherboard is failing. I told you all steps to do in Windows 7 Installation - Transfer to a New Computer

    Still waiting for "disk managemt" screenshot
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  7. Posts : 60
    Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit
       #266

    Kaktussoft,

    I have previously stressed the memory using prime 65 and and GPU test from the UBCD. This didn't show any fault, but I changed the memory 'just in case'

    If its any use, here are the specifications of my system showing the changes since I first posted on here:

    OS Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit
    Main Software MSOffice 2010
    CPU AMD Phenom II X6 1055T
    Motherboard Asus M4A87TD/USB3
    Memory Kingston 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 1600MHz HyperX Memory Kit CL9 1.65V
    Graphics Card PowerColor HD 6850 1GB GDDR5 Dual DVI HDMI DisplayPort PCI-E Graphics Card
    Monitor(s) Displays LG
    Keyboard Microsoft Wireless 3000 V2.0
    Mouse
    Microsoft wireless 5000
    PSU
    Antec TruePower New 750W Modular PSU
    Case
    Antec 300
    Hard Drives
    OCZ Vertex 3 SSD and Seagate ST3500418ASATA 500Gb

    I have also added the disk management screen shot.

    Many thanks

    Steve
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails Windows 7 Installation - Transfer to a New Computer-disk-management.png  
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  8. Posts : 10,796
    Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bits 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
       #267

    Racehunter said:
    Kaktussoft,

    I have previously stressed the memory using prime 65 and and GPU test from the UBCD. This didn't show any fault, but I changed the memory 'just in case'

    If its any use, here are the specifications of my system showing the changes since I first posted on here:

    OS Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit
    Main Software MSOffice 2010
    CPU AMD Phenom II X6 1055T
    Motherboard Asus M4A87TD/USB3
    Memory Kingston 8GB (2x4GB) DDR3 1600MHz HyperX Memory Kit CL9 1.65V
    Graphics Card PowerColor HD 6850 1GB GDDR5 Dual DVI HDMI DisplayPort PCI-E Graphics Card
    Monitor(s) Displays LG
    Keyboard Microsoft Wireless 3000 V2.0
    Mouse Microsoft wireless 5000
    PSU Antec TruePower New 750W Modular PSU
    Case Antec 300
    Hard Drives OCZ Vertex 3 SSD and Seagate ST3500418ASATA 500Gb

    I have also added the disk management screen shot.

    Many thanks

    Steve
    I already told you what to do. Disk management is prefect!
    Last edited by Kaktussoft; 30 Apr 2012 at 07:50.
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  9. Posts : 60
    Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit
       #268

    Thanks for the help. Motherboard will be changed in a couple of days. I suppose, as I only installed Windows 7 onto the new ssd a couple of months ago, and therefore it is not too full of unwanted stuff, I could clean the SSD and reinstall 7 and the other programs again. I don't think it is to onerous a job and at least there would be no errant drivers about.

    I will let you know how it all goes, and thanks again.

    Steve
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  10. Posts : 325
    Windows 7 Ultimate x64
       #269

    Thanks for the tutorial, Kari
    I just used sysprep to move my Win 7 system to a different computer.
    Got the error that indicated I had to disable Network sharing services.
    Did that and it ran - didn't time it, but it was pretty fast.
    It shut down the computer when it finished.
    "New" computer has different socket/CPU, MB, sound, graphics, etc., etc.
    Even has only PATA drives, versus all SATA on original.
    I used a Ghost 15 image of the sysprep'ed original.
    After putting the image on the " new" box it got stuck at at the "Windows could not finish configuring" loop.
    I used the method first posted by xxxwea to get past that.
    Safe mode until it stops again, then reboot. That's a really lame bug.
    The hotfix sometimes referenced to fix that sysprep problem is included in SP1, which I was using. So there's still confusion about that.
    But thanks to xxxwea!
    All progams were there, with desktop shortcuts.
    Five stars for sysprep.

    Then I tried the other method mentioned here - no sysprep.
    Loaded Standard IDE PCI drivers to my IDE ATA/ATAPI controllers, rebooted to install, verified they were installed, shut down, and took an image.
    That image failed on the new machine. Initial Windows load screen came up for a few seconds, then it repeatedly rebooted to the same load screen. Recovery disk tried, but failed to fix it.

    Seems sysprep is the clean method, and there's no reason I can see to try the "deleted/changed" driver method.
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