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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       #390

    Both posts here above are telling about alternative methods to survive when motherboard has burned. I decided to give rep to both Dinwiddie and Victor S for these tips, hoping that users with similar issues can see these posts.

    Thanks guys.

    Kari
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  2. Posts : 1
    Win 7 pro 64
       #391

    Not sure if this has been asked and answered, but here goes.

    I currently have win 7 pro 64 installed on a SSD, and want to transfer this drive to a new computer build, and planned on using sysprep. However my user data, pictures, videos, backups, etc, are on a 2TB RAID 1 HDD setup, which will also be transfered.

    If I run sysprep on the SSD, what will happen to my RAID setup, will it still be viable and linked. Is there something else I have to do? Any help appreciated as I hope to have my new system up and running in 2 days. Thanks.
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  3. Posts : 17,545
    Windows 10 Pro x64 EN-GB
    Thread Starter
       #392

    I would not sysprep a RAID system.

    If you decide to try, please be sure you have backed up the system. Theoretically generalizing with sysprep idoes not really care where the system folders are located as long as the system is working properly but I have not tested this in a setup like what you described.

    Kari
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  4. Posts : 21,007
    Desk1 7 Home Prem / Desk2 10 Pro / Main lap Asus ROG 10 Pro 2 laptop Toshiba 7 Pro Asus P2520 7 & 10
       #393

    Kari said:
    I would not sysprep a RAID system.

    If you decide to try, please be sure you have backed up the system. Theoretically generalizing with sysprep idoes not really care where the system folders are located as long as the system is working properly but I have not tested this in a setup like what you described.

    Kari
    Hum Kari won't the poster need to contact Microsoft to transfer that OS if it is an OEM particularly? as he is only transferring the SSD and the OS being tied to the original motherboard?

    John
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  5. Posts : 17,545
    Windows 10 Pro x64 EN-GB
    Thread Starter
       #394

    ICit2lol said:
    Kari said:
    I would not sysprep a RAID system.

    If you decide to try, please be sure you have backed up the system. Theoretically generalizing with sysprep idoes not really care where the system folders are located as long as the system is working properly but I have not tested this in a setup like what you described.

    Kari
    Hum Kari won't the poster need to contact Microsoft to transfer that OS if it is an OEM particularly? as he is only transferring the SSD and the OS being tied to the original motherboard?

    John
    John, this quote is from the beginning of this tutorial:

       Warning
    Using this method causes Windows 7 to lose all activation information, and it needs to be reactivated afterwards. If your Windows 7 is an OEM version, you might not be able to reactivate afterwards, at least not without phone activation option.
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    Desk1 7 Home Prem / Desk2 10 Pro / Main lap Asus ROG 10 Pro 2 laptop Toshiba 7 Pro Asus P2520 7 & 10
       #395

    Ok Kari didn't think to look back there
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  7. Posts : 14
    Windows 7 Pro x64
       #396

    Is it possible to leave the user customization as it is?
    I don't want to lose taskbar/folder/etc customizations.

    Also, I'm worried that it could affect other things besides the ones specified.

    What does Sysprep generalizing do to my Windows 7 setup?
    All system specific information is removed or uninstalled
    Security ID (SID) of your hardware setup is reseted
    All system restore points are deleted
    All event logs are deleted
    All personalization is removed (taskbar, toolbars, folder options, start orb etc.)
    Built-in administrator account is disabled (if it was enabled) and needs to be re-enabled if needed
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  8. Posts : 17,545
    Windows 10 Pro x64 EN-GB
    Thread Starter
       #397

    Hi Expansion, welcome to the Seven Forums.

    Sysprepping with generalize switch is the only fully automated native method to remove all hardware specific information from Windows. It does not offer options like "generalize this but leave that", so the answer is no.

    If you generalize, all user customization is lost.

    Kari
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  9. Posts : 14
    Windows 7 Pro x64
       #398

    Thank you!

    In this case, what do you think about upgrading from Intel P43 to Intel Z77 just by removing all the drivers and restarting Windows?
    It's my personal PC, it's not in a domain, but I'm going to build another PC with the old P43 motherboard, and place it the same home network.

    Do you know where can I read more about what is lost?
    All personalization is removed (taskbar, toolbars, folder options, start orb etc.)
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  10. Posts : 17,545
    Windows 10 Pro x64 EN-GB
    Thread Starter
       #399

    It is quite simple. This from Microsoft TechNet article Sysprep Command-Line Syntax:

    Generalize prepares the Windows installation to be imaged. If this option is specified, all unique system information is removed from the Windows installation. The security ID (SID) resets, any system restore points are cleared, and event logs are deleted.
    Kari
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