Windows 7 Installation - Transfer to a New Computer

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  1. Posts : 101
    WinXP/ Win7x64/ Mac OSX Snow Leopard - Multi Boot
       #640

    Britton30 said:
    crashnbuen said:
    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.
    Activating windows is not an issue. Does Office need to get reactivated after this?

    Would a lot of Windows Settings/ Configurations (non hardware/ driver) need to be redone?

    Would application settings & configurations be gone or only System Settings?
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  2. Posts : 24,479
    Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
       #641

    As to Office I can't say but I would think it would have to be reactivated.
    If you use an image all of your settings, customizations, etc. will still be there along with app preferences too.
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  3. Posts : 101
    WinXP/ Win7x64/ Mac OSX Snow Leopard - Multi Boot
       #642

    Britton30 said:
    As to Office I can't say but I would think it would have to be reactivated.
    If you use an image all of your settings, customizations, etc. will still be there along with app preferences too.
    Sorry, not understand what do you mean use an image of all settings? I thought the point of doing this was to not have to do all of this.. just reconfig and install hardware / drivers.. and all software (maybe except MS activations) would keep their settings?
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  4. Posts : 24,479
    Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
       #643

    Method two and three uses imaging. If you only did the sysprep generalize everything is like you left it except for drivers and the Windows Key/ hardware ID.
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  5. Posts : 17,545
    Windows 10 Pro x64 EN-GB
    Thread Starter
       #644

    Britton30 said:
    Method two and three uses imaging. If you only did the sysprep generalize everything is like you left it except for drivers and the Windows Key/ hardware ID.
    Exactly. Only thing needing to be reactivated is the Windows itself. Sysprep with generalizing switch does not remove any other registration entries from registry.

    That being said, if a software licence is tied to a certain SID / hardware ID or hardware setup, it might not work on the new hardware, or at least it needs to be set up and activated again. An example is certain by manufacturer bundled hardware specific programs like for instance PC label A could have given you a free amazing app which does no longer work on PC label B; for example the Stardock Fences I got free from HP with my Envy series laptop does not work if the HDD is transferred to a Dell lapop.
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  6. Posts : 101
    WinXP/ Win7x64/ Mac OSX Snow Leopard - Multi Boot
       #645

    Thanks guys for all the responses to Qs. I appreciate it very much.

    I was away from tool kit last weekend so will do it over this weekend for sure.

    One last question bank:
    - How many times (for each one below)
    ... Have you done the above?
    ... Has the Generalization 'borked' or gotten stuck or not gone as it should have?
    ... Has the 'Restore' gotten stuck (for some reason)?

    (Additional notes on the above 'stuck' situations and resolutions would be welcome).
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  7. Posts : 24,479
    Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
       #646

    crashnbuen said:
    Thanks guys for all the responses to Qs. I appreciate it very much.

    I was away from tool kit last weekend so will do it over this weekend for sure.

    One last question bank:
    - How many times (for each one below)
    ... Have you done the above?
    ... Has the Generalization 'borked' or gotten stuck or not gone as it should have?
    ... Has the 'Restore' gotten stuck (for some reason)?

    (Additional notes on the above 'stuck' situations and resolutions would be welcome).
    For my experience"
    Have done this 4 times.
    No problems with Generalization at all.
    No sticking anywhere.

    Problems have been reported if the net stop WMPNetworkSvc is not run first.
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  8. Posts : 101
    WinXP/ Win7x64/ Mac OSX Snow Leopard - Multi Boot
       #647

    Will all the settings of Windows Explorer, Start Menu and Taskbar, Desktop Settings etc will be saved as a part of the User Profiles under Windows after Generalization?
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  9. Posts : 17,545
    Windows 10 Pro x64 EN-GB
    Thread Starter
       #648

    crashnbuen said:
    Will all the settings of Windows Explorer, Start Menu and Taskbar, Desktop Settings etc will be saved as a part of the User Profiles under Windows after Generalization?
    It's quite clearly told in tutorial:

       Note
    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


    What happens when booting first time after sysprep generalizing?
    • First boot configuration is run
    • New SID is created
    • Re-arm counter is reseted if not already re-armed three times
    • Windows 7 is booted using first boot default drivers and settings


    First boot after generalizing you start with the default Windows theme by wallpaper by Microsoft, without a trace of your personal settings.

    Kari
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  10. Posts : 101
    WinXP/ Win7x64/ Mac OSX Snow Leopard - Multi Boot
       #649

    Kari said:
    crashnbuen said:
    Will all the settings of Windows Explorer, Start Menu and Taskbar, Desktop Settings etc will be saved as a part of the User Profiles under Windows after Generalization?
    It's quite clearly told in tutorial:

       Note
    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


    What happens when booting first time after sysprep generalizing?
    • First boot configuration is run
    • New SID is created
    • Re-arm counter is reseted if not already re-armed three times
    • Windows 7 is booted using first boot default drivers and settings


    First boot after generalizing you start with the default Windows theme by wallpaper by Microsoft, without a trace of your personal settings.

    Kari
    Yes, but that would be for the TEST user we create right. When I go back to MyUserName, would it also have reset the settings for that? And if so, can I use the following?

    Is there any way to back and restore the profile settings? e.g. like this so that after the system is restored all settings can be 'ported' back and applied.

    DataGrab Backs Up All Users' Profiles and Settings with One Click
    Backup All User Profiles And Other Windows Settings With DataGrab
    Or partial / some parts of this..??
    http://www.thewindowsclub.com/transf...ile-in-windows

    Any risks with doing this after? Issues?
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