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

30 Nov 2014   #750
toygun1234

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Hi Kari,
Thanks for helping me out. Answers to your questions:
1. The windows 7 Hone Premium x64 is a clean install that u am trying G to setup.
2. I have had to do a repair install before ( on original HDD that came with the Dell Laptop.) since then, I have replaced the HDD with an ssd that has worked very well.
3. All of my files are on the C: drive on the ssd ( and are backed up; no fear of losing data.)
4. I was sysprepping to move my ssd from my laptop to my newly built desktop PC. I'd have liked to keep my programs and data files rather than having to restore/ re-install them.
5. At first, I was having trouble sysprepping the laptop; however I got over it ( it was the Windows Media Center service, had to be stopped). Since then, I have been experiencing error messages when trying to setup new desktop computer, notably "windows cannot finish installing" in several attempts, as well as "Windows could not install on this hardware configuration ( something to that effect.)

I am just realizing that I read somewhere you can't do a sysprepping with a repair install of Windows. If that is the case, then I will stop efforts to sysprep and continue trying to do a clean install ( which I have also been having issues with...)

Again, thanks!


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30 Nov 2014   #751
Kari

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by toygun1234 View Post
I am just realizing that I read somewhere you can't do a sysprepping with a repair install of Windows.
That "somewhere" could also be this very tutorial. This warning is from the beginning of this tutorial, I have highlighted the parts concerning you:

warning   Warning

An upgraded Windows cannot be sysprepped. As this method is based in sysprepping, this tutorial is valid only for Windows setups which have not been upgraded.

This means that if you have for instance in-place upgraded Vista to Seven, or using Anytime Upgrade upgraded for instance a Home Premium to Ultimate, you cannot sysprep and this tutorial cannot be used in your case.

Notice that a repair install is also an upgrade install, so if you have ever done a repair install (= in-place upgrade to same edition), you cannot sysprep.


PLEASE DO NOT FORGET TO CREATE A SYSTEM IMAGE BEFORE PROCEEDING!


As you can read on this thread, on rare occasions this method does not work. If this happens, you can always restore your system using your backup image.

Backup Complete Computer - Create an Image Backup
System Image Recovery

IE10 Users: Please read this article first: Sysprep Fatal Error With IE 10 (FIX) | System Administration


There's an easy and fast workaround, though. See this post at our sister site the Eight Forums: User Profiles - Relocate to another Partition or Disk - Page 56. The procedure is exactly the same in Windows Seven.

Notice that of course you have to do that on your laptop, then generalize with Sysprep as told in this tutorial, then take the SSD to desktop.

Kari
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06 Dec 2014   #752
szln6z

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

Kari,
First, thanks for this tutorial, it was great! My mobo was on the fritz, and had to be replaced. So, used your tutorial to transfer my W7 Home Premium x64 to the new mobo. Couple things I wanted to report:

1. After executing Sysprep, i was getting a fatal error. Reviewed the log file and Googled the issue. Solution: I had to manually stop the WMPNetworkSvc service. Seems a number of folks had this issue. Anyway, ran fine after that.
2. I have an OEM version of Win7. It successult activated using the online method. I did NOT have to make a phone call to Microsoft.

Anyway, thanks again.
James
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06 Dec 2014   #753
Kari

 

Hi Szln6z, welcome to the Seven Forums.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by szln6z View Post
1. After executing Sysprep, i was getting a fatal error. Reviewed the log file and Googled the issue. Solution: I had to manually stop the WMPNetworkSvc service. Seems a number of folks had this issue. Anyway, ran fine after that.
It is often a good idea to first read instructions through before starting. This warning and workaround are from the end of the tutorial.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by szln6z View Post
2. I have an OEM version of Win7. It successult activated using the online method. I did NOT have to make a phone call to Microsoft.
A bit surprising, I am happy to hear that.
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23 Jan 2015   #754
Nightprowler

Win 7 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Kari View Post
It is often a good idea to first read instructions through before starting. This warning and workaround are from the end of the tutorial.
Kari,
First wanted to thank you for all the great info you provide in this thread.
But wanted to touch on the above comment. For what its worth at first glance it is not apparent that you provide additional general info at the end of your post. You start with a bunch of general info then start a break down of methods 1, 2 & 3. I figure most people skip over the last bit because they assume its an extension of method 3 which may not be applicable to them.
Suggestion is that the general info that applies to all methods be grouped together and presented before you start the breakdown. Or perhaps add an additional title showing that it is a conclusion of sorts with more info that is separate from Method 3.
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08 Feb 2015   #755
sdetweil

Win 7 pro 64bit
 
 

Thank you for this wonderful topic and info.

I needed to move my wife's machine to SSD and new system board..

the EaseUS software moved the data to the smaller driver and the Paragon CD fixed the driver problem
(found that after a day of looking for ways around the driver crash!)..

still have to fix the system activation, will call them shortly
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28 Feb 2015   #756
armyslowrdr

windows 7 Professional 64 Bit
 
 

I have used Macrium Reflect Free to create a system image and recover it successfully. It works splendidly.

I will be building a new computer within the next year and will eventually get it to windows 10. Now as I understand sysprep will not work on an upgraded operating system (without altering registry anyway) , I will have to move over 7 first..and wish to use a new SSD.

So, in regard to method 2, stps 2 and 3......

The Macrium Reflect Free rescue disc I have now------- it allows me to get into Windows PE and of course restore an image to a chosen destination.

What I am not sure of is will it allow me to image sysprepped/generalized drive C... ? I understand the system image would have to be created in this manner because if rebooting the machine,the sysprepping is undone.

Anyone know ?

edit---also there seem to be more users at brothers eightforums and tenforums now. Is it appropriate to ask over there or is that violating some forum decorum ?

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28 Feb 2015   #757
Kari

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by armyslowrdr View Post
So, in regard to method 2, stps 2 and 3......

The Macrium Reflect Free rescue disc I have now------- it allows me to get into Windows PE and of course restore an image to a chosen destination.

What I am not sure of is will it allow me to image sysprepped/generalized drive C... ? I understand the system image would have to be created in this manner because if rebooting the machine,the sysprepping is undone.

Anyone know ?
No issues there whatsoever. Simply boot with PE, create the image and you are done. Check the two videos in the beginning of this tutorial (Part Two): Windows 7 Image - Customize in Audit Mode with Sysprep

Videos show the customizing process with creating Macrium image. Videos are the same, the second one is just a shortened, edited version of the longer one. Below the points interesting you, red = approx. timestamp in video #1, green= approx. timestamp in video #2:
  • Boot with WinPE (0:59:35)(0:11:41)
  • WinPE desktop (1:00:06)(0:12:00)
  • Create System Image (Macrium) (1:00:15)(0:12:10)
  • Image ready, shutdown (1:15:40)(0:12:39)
Part Twelve in above mentioned tutorial shows then the detailed imaging process with Macrium.

When done with sysprepping, remember to edit registry to allow upgrade (the "Sysprep Paradox", upgraded Windows cannot be sysprepped, Sysprepped Windows cannot be upgraded).

In registry editor browse to key HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\Setup\Status\SysprepStatus, if either DWORD CleanupState or DWORD GeneralizationState has any other value than 7, change it to 7 by double clicking the DWORD in question and entering the new value:
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Kari


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28 Feb 2015   #758
Kari

 

Note   Note
EDIT:

Had accidentally a wrong link to customization tutorial videos in previous post. Link now updated.
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28 Feb 2015   #759
armyslowrdr

windows 7 Professional 64 Bit
 
 

Outstanding. Learned something new. I learned earlier this week about not being supposedly able to sysprep an upgraded Windows 7 and learned the fix this afternoon. And now I learn there is "part 2" ! Thanks ! I likely wont be starting this project until mid-summer but can't wait hardly
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