Windows 7 Installation - Transfer to a New Computer

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  1. Posts : 17,545
    Windows 10 Pro x64 EN-GB
    Thread Starter
       #410

    Hi MickeeJay, welcome to the Seven Forums.

    Sysprep always targets the host, computer and Windows installation it is run. You can not sysprep an external drive. I think your friends best shot would be to reinstall on new motherboard.

    Kari
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  2. Posts : 3,133
    Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit SP 1
       #411

    Just wanted to say thank you for this great tutorial Kari. I am replacing the motherboard and PSU in my older PC and will do a sysrep on the OS drive before I start.
      My Computer


  3. Posts : 17,545
    Windows 10 Pro x64 EN-GB
    Thread Starter
       #412

    LittleJay said:
    Just wanted to say thank you for this great tutorial Kari. I am replacing the motherboard and PSU in my older PC and will do a sysrep on the OS drive before I start.
    Thanks, Jay.

    Read the tutorial first, before starting. I have noticed that the WMP Network Service I tell about at the end of the tutorial is often causing restoring the image to fail, even when there was no error message when sysprepping. Therefore I recommend always to stop said service as told in tutorial before sysprepping.

    Kari
      My Computer


  4. Posts : 521
    Windows 7 Ultimate x64 Service Pack 1
       #413

    Kari said:
    LittleJay said:
    Just wanted to say thank you for this great tutorial Kari. I am replacing the motherboard and PSU in my older PC and will do a sysrep on the OS drive before I start.
    Thanks, Jay.

    Read the tutorial first, before starting. I have noticed that the WMP Network Service I tell about at the end of the tutorial is often causing restoring the image to fail, even when there was no error message when sysprepping. Therefore I recommend always to stop said service as told in tutorial before sysprepping.

    Kari
    As a precaution, I've made a small batch file to automate this and starting the SysPrep itself.

    Code:
    NET stop WMPNetworkSvc
    cd /d "%windir%\system32\Sysprep\"
    Sysprep.exe
      My Computer


  5. Posts : 17,545
    Windows 10 Pro x64 EN-GB
    Thread Starter
       #414

    oreo27 said:
    Kari said:
    LittleJay said:
    Just wanted to say thank you for this great tutorial Kari. I am replacing the motherboard and PSU in my older PC and will do a sysrep on the OS drive before I start.
    Thanks, Jay.

    Read the tutorial first, before starting. I have noticed that the WMP Network Service I tell about at the end of the tutorial is often causing restoring the image to fail, even when there was no error message when sysprepping. Therefore I recommend always to stop said service as told in tutorial before sysprepping.

    Kari
    As a precaution, I've made a small batch file to automate this and starting the SysPrep itself.

    Code:
    NET stop WMPNetworkSvc
    cd /d "%windir%\system32\Sysprep\"
    Sysprep.exe
    That's a good idea. Very good indeed.

    It is a mystery to me why sysprep hates WMP Network Sharing Service. I have studied and researched and tried everything, I simply can not find a logical explanation.

    Fact remains: Most common reason for sysprep to fail, excluding of course faulty answer files, is the said service.

    Kari
      My Computer


  6. Posts : 3,133
    Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit SP 1
       #415

    Kari said:
    LittleJay said:
    Just wanted to say thank you for this great tutorial Kari. I am replacing the motherboard and PSU in my older PC and will do a sysrep on the OS drive before I start.
    Thanks, Jay.

    Read the tutorial first, before starting. I have noticed that the WMP Network Service I tell about at the end of the tutorial is often causing restoring the image to fail, even when there was no error message when sysprepping. Therefore I recommend always to stop said service as told in tutorial before sysprepping.

    Kari
    Thanks Kari. I did the sysrep last night and I read the section about WMP Service. I tried running sysrep first without stopping the service, but I did get the error message, so I had to. After that sysrep did its thing without any problems.

    @ oreo27 I will keep the batch file you wrote in mind, should I ever need to do another sysrep. Thanks much!
      My Computer


  7. Posts : 521
    Windows 7 Ultimate x64 Service Pack 1
       #416

    [QUOTE=Kari;2267657][QUOTE=oreo27;2267602]
    Kari said:

    It is a mystery to me why sysprep hates WMP Network Sharing Service. I have studied and researched and tried everything, I simply can not find a logical explanation.

    Fact remains: Most common reason for sysprep to fail, excluding of course faulty answer files, is the said service.

    Kari
    I guess it's just one of those mysteries :)

    This tutorial really saved my hide once. I don't keep disc images since I don't have the disk capacity to do so. Then one day, I managed to screw my installation up with Ccleaner. Instead of formatting again, what I did was made a new installation with most of the applications I have in a Virtual Machine. Sysprepped and imaged that using start (You guys should really check out this great imaging tool). Restored said image and voila, I was back in business instead of having more or less a week of no PC usage due to installations and such.

    I wouldn't even have learned what SysPrep is if not for this tutorial.


    LittleJay said:

    @ oreo27 I will keep the batch file you wrote in mind, should I ever need to do another sysrep. Thanks much!
    No worries. I honestly wouldn't even call it a batch file. It's just 3 lines of what appears to be code :)
      My Computer


  8. Posts : 17,545
    Windows 10 Pro x64 EN-GB
    Thread Starter
       #417

    oreo27 said:
    No worries. I honestly wouldn't even call it a batch file. It's just 3 lines of what appears to be code :)
    ... and it could be reduced to two lines .

    CD command (Change Directory, the word we used earlier for Folder) is not needed when the command has the full path included, so this would be enough:
    Code:
    NET stop WMPNetworkSvc
    "%windir%\system32\Sysprep\Sysprep.exe"
    Kari
      My Computer


  9. Posts : 521
    Windows 7 Ultimate x64 Service Pack 1
       #418

    Kari said:
    oreo27 said:
    No worries. I honestly wouldn't even call it a batch file. It's just 3 lines of what appears to be code :)
    ... and it could be reduced to two lines .

    CD command (Change Directory, the word we used earlier for Folder) is not needed when the command has the full path included, so this would be enough:
    Code:
    NET stop WMPNetworkSvc
    "%windir%\system32\Sysprep\Sysprep.exe"
    Kari
    Good eye. I didn't notice that was the old batch I had.
      My Computer


  10. Posts : 28
    Windows 7 64 Bit
       #419

    Hey Kari!

    I'm switching my AMD setup to an Intel setup.

    So that means i'd be changing my motherboard, cpu and ram.

    Note the new motherboard uses UEFI bios while the old one doesn't

    So I won't need to do a fresh install of windows 7 if I use sysprep?
      My Computer


 
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