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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       #420

    dakoslug said:
    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?
    I am afraid you must do a clean install. Legacy to UEFI will not work, at least I do not know how. MBR vs. GPT, I wouldn't even dream of risking my system stability.

    My recommendation is to do a fresh, clean install.

    Kari
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  2. Posts : 28
    Windows 7 64 Bit
       #421

    Kari said:
    dakoslug said:
    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?
    I am afraid you must do a clean install. Legacy to UEFI will not work, at least I do not know how. MBR vs. GPT, I wouldn't even dream of risking my system stability.

    My recommendation is to do a fresh, clean install.

    Kari
    Ok so I should just backup my important documents, and format my hard drive?
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  3. Posts : 17,545
    Windows 10 Pro x64 EN-GB
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       #422

    Yes.
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  4. Posts : 521
    Windows 7 Ultimate x64 Service Pack 1
       #423

    Or run the new Motherboard (some systems I've worked on have this) legacy BIOS. This will allow you to boot normally using MBR. Someone correct me if I'm wrong since I'm not entirely too sure of this one.
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  5. Posts : 7
    Windows 7 x64
       #424

    Hello,

    I have read this tutorial start to finish and I just have a couple of questions regarding sysprep. I am soon to switch out my HDD for a new one, same size, make and model, along with switching out my i7 870, P55V modo and two Sparkle 2GB GTS 450's for an i7 2600k, Z68 modo and a Nvidia GTX660(1) which will be used for gaming, but I also use this computer for Music Production and where this is concerned I can't afford to lose any of my musical projects dating 10 years back. My music production software is installed on my C: Drive of my computer but the Vst Plugins (music instruments) are installed on two external HDD's and the internal HDD of the computer currently has a damaged Sata connector, which every once in a while I get a "no read disk error" that is always fixed after a reboot, but I'm not gonna sit and wait for this HDD to fully fail and risk the loss of all my Music. I have already purchased to the new HDD, same size, make and model as I stated above.

    Questions:

    Will using sysprep keep my old HDD Windows Registry intact and unchanged on my new HDD? Meaning will I have to re-register/activate all of these Vst's again (extremely time consuming)

    Will my user account details still be intact(username)? Not caring too much about my personal settings like themes and system sounds.

    And will I have to set my Windows Services to default before using sysprep? Because most of them are off now.

    Making sure these Vst Plugins work or are registered after using sysprep to transfer Data to my new HDD is very improtant to me and hopefully I won't have to re-register all of these plugins again.

    Thank you in advance.

    ~Syti
    Last edited by Syti13; 13 Feb 2013 at 15:21.
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  6. Posts : 28
    Windows 7 64 Bit
       #425

    Do I need to use GBR format for my HD? can't I just use MBR?
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  7. Posts : 17,545
    Windows 10 Pro x64 EN-GB
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       #426

    Hi Syti, welcome to the Seven Forums.

    Sysprep with generalizing switch as described in this tutorial is your best shot. Create a system image before starting to be able to revert the process if something goes wrong.

    If it works, everything else is intact only the Windows license has lost its activation status and needs to be re-activated. YOu do not need to set services to default. That's what the sysprep is there for, when generalizing it sets your Windows in such a hardware neutral and default state it can be deployed as an image.

    @dakoslug: I have never done this to anything else than MBR, so I really don't understand what you are asking.

    Kari
    Last edited by Kari; 14 Feb 2013 at 07:06.
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  8. Posts : 28
    Windows 7 64 Bit
       #427

    Oh nothing, just the other post confused me.
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  9. Posts : 1
    windows 7 64 bit
       #428

    sysprep and 64 bit vs 32 bit


    can one switch from 32 bit to 64 bit using sysprep?
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  10. Posts : 17,545
    Windows 10 Pro x64 EN-GB
    Thread Starter
       #429

    tguyette said:
    can one switch from 32 bit to 64 bit using sysprep?
    No.

    Changing the bit version from 32 to 64 or vice versa always requires a fresh, clean install.
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