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Windows 7: Windows 7 Installation - Transfer to a New Computer

16 Apr 2014   #630
crashnbuen

WinXP/ Win7x64/ Mac OSX Snow Leopard - Multi Boot
 
 

Typically how much time does it take? From your past experiences?


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16 Apr 2014   #631
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

IT will depend on your total data imaged and the speed of your hardware. My images, I have two drives, took 18 minutes each to make and a little less than that each to restore, so about an hour.

If you're not making any images (you should to have a way back) the whole sysprep procedure and hardware transfers can take from 10 minutes to an hour, this includes registering the install again.
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17 Apr 2014   #632
Kari

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Britton30 View Post
IT will depend on your total data imaged and the speed of your hardware. My images, I have two drives, took 18 minutes each to make and a little less than that each to restore, so about an hour.

If you're not making any images (you should to have a way back) the whole sysprep procedure and hardware transfers can take from 10 minutes to an hour, this includes registering the install again.
Exactly. My last transfer was with a laptop with over 400 GB on HDD in two partitions, over 150 GB on C:. Generalizing it as per this tutorial took about 3 or 4 minutes, 5 minutes to open the lid and removing HDD and to put it on a new laptop, about 10 minutes to set up the new laptop.
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18 Apr 2014   #633
SteveTT

Windows 7 64 Bit
 
 

Kari
I tried for the third time to transfer the image to new hardware setup today without success. I followed your instructions with regard to audit mode etc. Sysprep completed quickly, but it failed to boot into safe mode stating the usual message "Windows could not complete installation. To install windows on this computer, restart the installation" Unless you have any ideas to get booted up, it looks like i'm going to have to embark on a clean install.
Steve
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18 Apr 2014   #634
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Have a look at THIS POST referenced at the bottom of this tutorial. This user it seems did not get into Safe Mode either.

Describe all of your steps so far.

Are you using Macrium or Windows Back up and Restore?
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18 Apr 2014   #635
SteveTT

Windows 7 64 Bit
 
 

I followed the instructions from kari a few pages back. I note someone found a fix from regedit cmd command and making some alterations from there. How easy is to to amend from the command prompt? I have edited before from explorer but presume its not as easy from shift f11?
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18 Apr 2014   #636
SteveTT

Windows 7 64 Bit
 
 

The only part of the process I could not do is boot into safe mode first time round. F8 had no effect.
Is there another way?
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18 Apr 2014   #637
crashnbuen

WinXP/ Win7x64/ Mac OSX Snow Leopard - Multi Boot
 
 

One more question:

When I do the migration to a new laptop (X61T to XT61) what licensing/ software issues could I face?
e.g. MS Office and other software applications that might have some kind of 'link' or binding to the previous machine?

Any such experiences?
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18 Apr 2014   #638
SteveTT

Windows 7 64 Bit
 
 

Thanks Britton30! Fourth attempt worked. It was your reference back to an old post with the regedit that fixed it. I am so relieved!
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18 Apr 2014   #639
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by crashnbuen View Post
One more question:

When I do the migration to a new laptop (X61T to XT61) what licensing/ software issues could I face?
e.g. MS Office and other software applications that might have some kind of 'link' or binding to the previous machine?

Any such experiences?
You will have to reactivate Windows. The software's Id will/should also be removed and would have to be addressed per program. I suspect there should not be a problem.
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SteveTT View Post
Thanks Britton30! Fourth attempt worked. It was your reference back to an old post with the regedit that fixed it. I am so relieved!
Thank you!. Good to hear you got it going.
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