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
       #470

    Victor S said:
    If the old PC has a HD partition C: & E: will it automatically keep the same partition/file locations on my new PC, or do I need to do something to accomplish this?
    If you use the built-in windows image backup software to backup/restore... the destination partitions will be exactly on the same spot on disk. So you CAN'T restore to a smaller disk! Drive letters are the same but you can always change them in disk management.

    Backup Complete Computer - Create an Image Backup

    System Image Recovery
    Last edited by Brink; 26 Mar 2013 at 11:46. Reason: added tutorial links for more info
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  2. Posts : 325
    Windows 7 Ultimate x64
       #471

    freetvee said:
    [1. I think the reason this worked for me was that my hardware virtually remained the same-which should normally be the case for my situation... It seems like this make my process even easier then-no need to sysprep if the hardware is staying the same, right? I might have a different motherboard model # but it is still an asrock mobo so basically the same-no worries then?

    2. Soooooooo the bootable CD contains the imaging software, which means I can just create a bootable disk then and save even more time! If I skip all of the sysprep, can I just create the bootable CD within windows 7 like normal or do I need to do this differently?

    Then on the new PC, if I understand correctly I can setup my bios to boot to CD (finally something I know how to do!), put my bootable CD I created into the new DVD drive and then it will kick me straight into the Aoemi UI where I can then select which system image I want to use to restore my new PC (old PC system image on my external HD), correct?

    If the old PC has a HD partition C: & E: will it automatically keep the same partition/file locations on my new PC, or do I need to do something to accomplish this?
    If the image works without sysprepping, sysprep is unnecessary. The imaging software will direct you how to make its bootable CD. All I've seen were installed into Windows, and you make the bootable CD from there. Restoring the image will create the same partition as what was imaged. Just make sure the target drive is big enough to hold the original partition size.
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  3. Posts : 25
    win 7 64 bit
       #472

    Victor S said:
    freetvee said:
    [1. I think the reason this worked for me was that my hardware virtually remained the same-which should normally be the case for my situation... It seems like this make my process even easier then-no need to sysprep if the hardware is staying the same, right? I might have a different motherboard model # but it is still an asrock mobo so basically the same-no worries then?

    2. Soooooooo the bootable CD contains the imaging software, which means I can just create a bootable disk then and save even more time! If I skip all of the sysprep, can I just create the bootable CD within windows 7 like normal or do I need to do this differently?

    Then on the new PC, if I understand correctly I can setup my bios to boot to CD (finally something I know how to do!), put my bootable CD I created into the new DVD drive and then it will kick me straight into the Aoemi UI where I can then select which system image I want to use to restore my new PC (old PC system image on my external HD), correct?

    If the old PC has a HD partition C: & E: will it automatically keep the same partition/file locations on my new PC, or do I need to do something to accomplish this?
    If the image works without sysprepping, sysprep is unnecessary. The imaging software will direct you how to make its bootable CD. All I've seen were installed into Windows, and you make the bootable CD from there. Restoring the image will create the same partition as what was imaged. Just make sure the target drive is big enough to hold the original partition size.
    Thanks for your thoughts folks. I used Aomei freeware and was very impressed-it worked well, was fast, and was pretty user friendly! Free Partition Software for Windows PCs and Servers I was even able to create a boot disk too which was awesome!! The only thing that didnt come across very well was the partitions. My old PC was: system, C: (software) & E: (open for storage), and the new PC showed up as: system, C: (software) & D: (open for storage)-the DVD drive took E: for some reason?!? Is there an easy way to fix this (move dvd to D: and storage drive to E:) that will not cause other issues, before I move forward?
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  4. Posts : 10,796
    Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bits 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
       #473

    freetvee said:
    Thanks for your thoughts folks. I used Aomei freeware and was very impressed-it worked well, was fast, and was pretty user friendly! Free Partition Software for Windows PCs and Servers I was even able to create a boot disk too which was awesome!! The only thing that didnt come across very well was the partitions. My old PC was: system, C: (software) & E: (open for storage), and the new PC showed up as: system, C: (software) & D: (open for storage)-the DVD drive took E: for some reason?!? Is there an easy way to fix this (move dvd to D: and storage drive to E:) that will not cause other issues, before I move forward?
    E has been moved. It is on another disk (other disk signature) and another beginsector. Windows can't find what win7 calls E (it is defined in registry). Because he doesn't he he assigns a free drive letter to new discovered disk. Most software only adjust C, and bootmenu.... otherwise system won't boot.

    Repair it using disk management. Just rightclick on D and called it E. You have to rename E to P first (just example)
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  5. Posts : 25
    win 7 64 bit
       #474

    Kaktussoft said:
    freetvee said:
    Thanks for your thoughts folks. I used Aomei freeware and was very impressed-it worked well, was fast, and was pretty user friendly! Free Partition Software for Windows PCs and Servers I was even able to create a boot disk too which was awesome!! The only thing that didnt come across very well was the partitions. My old PC was: system, C: (software) & E: (open for storage), and the new PC showed up as: system, C: (software) & D: (open for storage)-the DVD drive took E: for some reason?!? Is there an easy way to fix this (move dvd to D: and storage drive to E:) that will not cause other issues, before I move forward?
    E has been moved. It is on another disk (other disk signature) and another beginsector. Windows can't find what win7 calls E (it is defined in registry). Because he doesn't he he assigns a free drive letter to new discovered disk. Most software only adjust C, and bootmenu.... otherwise system won't boot.

    Repair it using disk management. Just rightclick on D and called it E. You have to rename E to P first (just example)
    Thanks, I just did that and then got a pop up at the end asking “Disk or partition properties were changed. Would you like to reload the properties?” Should I select yes or no??
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  6. Posts : 10,796
    Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bits 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
       #475

    freetvee said:
    Kaktussoft said:
    freetvee said:
    Thanks for your thoughts folks. I used Aomei freeware and was very impressed-it worked well, was fast, and was pretty user friendly! Free Partition Software for Windows PCs and Servers I was even able to create a boot disk too which was awesome!! The only thing that didnt come across very well was the partitions. My old PC was: system, C: (software) & E: (open for storage), and the new PC showed up as: system, C: (software) & D: (open for storage)-the DVD drive took E: for some reason?!? Is there an easy way to fix this (move dvd to D: and storage drive to E:) that will not cause other issues, before I move forward?
    E has been moved. It is on another disk (other disk signature) and another beginsector. Windows can't find what win7 calls E (it is defined in registry). Because he doesn't he he assigns a free drive letter to new discovered disk. Most software only adjust C, and bootmenu.... otherwise system won't boot.

    Repair it using disk management. Just rightclick on D and called it E. You have to rename E to P first (just example)
    Thanks, I just did that and then got a pop up at the end asking “Disk or partition properties were changed. Would you like to reload the properties?” Should I select yes or no??
    Select yes
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  7. Posts : 25
    win 7 64 bit
       #476

    all is working well, thanks!
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  8. Posts : 1
    Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
       #477

    Re Arm?


    When I boot windows on the new computer after using sysrep, will I have to re enter my windows product key, or what?
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  9. Posts : 17,545
    Windows 10 Pro x64 EN-GB
    Thread Starter
       #478

    This quote from the beginning of the 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.


    All activation information will be lost after sysprepping with the generalize switch, so yes you need to reactivate using a valid product key.

    Kari
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  10. Posts : 18
    Win7 Home Premium 64 bit
       #479

    This is a really useful article, but . . .

    When I try to use sysprep on my Win7 machine I get the error below. I disabled WMPNetworkSvc as suggested in the writeup. I confess I haven't read all 500 posts in this thread but I've googled the web and used the three or four suggestions I found for fixing this problem, but none worked. I suggest someone add a list of known fixes for this problem to the main article in the area where disabling WMPNetworkSvc was suggested
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