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

18 Apr 2014   #640
crashnbuen

WinXP/ Win7x64/ Mac OSX Snow Leopard - Multi Boot
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Britton30 View Post
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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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18 Apr 2014   #641
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

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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18 Apr 2014   #642
crashnbuen

WinXP/ Win7x64/ Mac OSX Snow Leopard - Multi Boot
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Britton30 View Post
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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18 Apr 2014   #643
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

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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18 Apr 2014   #644
Kari

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Britton30 View Post
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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23 Apr 2014   #645
crashnbuen

WinXP/ Win7x64/ Mac OSX Snow Leopard - Multi Boot
 
 

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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23 Apr 2014   #646
Britton30
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by crashnbuen View Post
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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26 Apr 2014   #647
crashnbuen

WinXP/ Win7x64/ Mac OSX Snow Leopard - Multi Boot
 
 

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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26 Apr 2014   #648
Kari

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by crashnbuen View Post
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   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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26 Apr 2014   #649
crashnbuen

WinXP/ Win7x64/ Mac OSX Snow Leopard - Multi Boot
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Kari View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by crashnbuen View Post
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   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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