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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       #740

    Using method in this tutorial, Windows boots to OOBE / Welcome mode where you name the PC.

    In your case, deploying the same image to multiple computers you should use moer advanced methods. An officially supported deployment method by MS TechNet, showing how to create first the reference image and go from there, complete guide for deployment: Create a Windows 8.1 Reference Image

    Kari
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  2. Posts : 5
    Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1
       #741

    Administrative problems ever since transferring to new motherboard?


    So can anyone help me with this? I posted a couple months ago, but no one replied.

    I've been having various problems throughout my computer ever since I sysprepped my OEM version of Windows and transferred the HDD from an AMD motherboard to an Intel mobo.
    For example, all of the folders in my C\Users\*User*\AppData local folders were, for whatever reason, locked, until I went through all of them one by one, clicking "confirm" on the dialog box notifying me that I didn't have access to the folders. Also, I'm not able to do execute some or all commands in the command prompt unless I run cmd.exe as an administrator. Other programs have refused to run properly or at all without first running them as an administrator, despite the fact that I never had to run them as an administrator prior to transferring my HDD to the new mobo. Another peculiar thing that happened recently, which I somehow managed to fix, is that I couldn't save any settings in Minesweeper, and it kept prompting me for a difficulty every time I opened it up, as if I were playing for the first time. Lastly, Chrome has had various issues ever since the transfer, which I have reason to believe is at least related to the administrative problems I'm having. For example, I can't watch any videos on facebook, and on at least one video website, the volume defaults to 0 and I can't change it via the volume slider.

    I would be very appreciative of any help. Thanks.
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  3. Posts : 17,545
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       #742

    Wozby said:
    So can anyone help me with this? I posted a couple months ago, but no one replied.
    First, I am very sorry your earlier post went unanswered. I have no excuse, I really try to response to each post in tutorials I have written and in threads I have started about my own issues. Somehow I have missed your post.

    OK, all your issues sound like if your Windows 7 loads a temporary user profile instead of your original profile. You might want to try a repair procedure described in this tutorial: User Profile Service failed the logon. User profile cannot be loaded.

    This is not first time I hear about an OEM version causing issues after the transfer. Basically you have already violated the End User License Agreement (EULA); the reason OEM version is cheaper is that it can according to its terms and conditions only be re-activated on the same hardware it was originally activated. Changing the mobo makes it a new hardware setup and according to EULA you have no longer right to to use the OEM license.

    Another thing that might cause issues with permissions is if some of the system folders were moved to another location than drive C:. IF the main profile folder were for instance on drive X: when you sysprepped the machine, or if you had located Documents and Pictures folders on drive Z:. After running the sysprep tio generalize the installation this would cause permission issues.

    If nothing else works I recommend re-install.

    Kari
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  4. Posts : 17,545
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       #743

    That boot menu does not look like the default Windows boot menu. Which install media you have used, where did you get it and how was it activated?
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  5. Posts : 1
    windows 7 home premium 32 bit
       #744

    Hello everyone ! Great tutorial btw ! I'm having trouble with the part where I need to enter the code in cmd prompt. When I enter the code it says path not specified.. Tried retyping it but that didn't help. I'm rrying to get a new HD to work after my previous one from my Acer Aspire. M3970 started making a strange clicking noise and afterwards broke down. I then took the old HD from my Acer Aspire laptop 5738 and put it inside of my desktop. Whenever I load I can only start from repair mode or normal then acces cmd prompt and try to reset my HD . I'm very noobie around pcs any helpfull comments would be helpfull. Cheers
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  6. Posts : 17,545
    Windows 10 Pro x64 EN-GB
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       #745

    soulslayer said:
    I'm having trouble with the part where I need to enter the code in cmd prompt. When I enter the code it says path not specified.. Tried retyping it but that didn't help.
    Hi Soulslayer, welcome to the Seven Forums.

    What code do you mean? Please tell the step number from tutorial and the exact error message, word by word. Even better if you could post a screenshot.

    Screenshot tutorials in case you need them:
    Last edited by Kari; 16 Nov 2014 at 18:30.
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  7. Posts : 6
    Windows 7 Home Premium x64
       #746

    Long time to load??


    Hi all,
    So this is my first attempt to move my win 7 ssd from existing laptop to new desktop. The OS seems to be stuck on the 'Setup is starting services screen when trying to install on the new PC. It's been on this screen for 30+ minutes: is this normal?? Should I just let it keep running until it stops? If not, I'm open to suggestions on how to fix this issue.

    Edit: it has moved on. To installing devices screen shoeing 2% complete. However it is still taking a very long time to do this. Again, is this normal for this process? How long did it take y'all?


    Thanks,
    Paul
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  8. Posts : 17,545
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       #747

    It is normal for the process to take quite a long time.
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  9. Posts : 6
    Windows 7 Home Premium x64
       #748

    Windows cannot be installed on your computer hardware.


    So, I got so far in the process as to finish installing new devices( but then as t system was applying settings, I got the message that Windows couldn't install on my new hardware... So it rebooted and since then I've gotten. It has twice rebooted bc of message 'windows couldn't complete install. Will restart your computer. ' and that s the farthest I seem to have gotten in the process. Has something gone completely wrong?? I'm this close to abandoning the effort to migrate my windows 7 via sysprep and just do a clean install.
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  10. Posts : 17,545
    Windows 10 Pro x64 EN-GB
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       #749

    toygun1234 said:
    So, I got so far in the process as to finish installing new devices( but then as t system was applying settings, I got the message that Windows couldn't install on my new hardware... So it rebooted and since then I've gotten. It has twice rebooted bc of message 'windows couldn't complete install. Will restart your computer. ' and that s the farthest I seem to have gotten in the process. Has something gone completely wrong?? I'm this close to abandoning the effort to migrate my windows 7 via sysprep and just do a clean install.
    Please answer these questions:
    • Is your current Windows 7 you are trying to Sysprep a clean install, or upgraded from Vista or from an inferior edition of Windows 7?
    • Have you ever done a so called Repair Install for your current Windows 7?
    • Do you have any system folders relocated on an another drive than C:, for example the user profiles on another drive or the C:\Users\Your-Username\Documents on drive X:?
    • Why are you Sysprepping (changing the HDD, changing the MoBo, completely moving Windows to a new PC, any other reason)
    • Are the error messages already shown when you are sysprepping the existing Windows 7 on the old hardware setup, or after you have replaced some hardware or moved the HDD to a new computer?
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