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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       #790

    If you are trying to reset the drivers, staying on the same hardware, you can do it simply by closing all open apps including browsers, turning the AV and firewall off, then opening an elevated Command Prompt and giving this command:

    Code:
    %windir%\system32\sysprep sysprep.exe /generalize /oobe /reboot
    Windows removes all drivers now and reboots installing default drivers. When back in desktop, turn the AV and firewall on again.
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  2. Posts : 3
    Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
       #791

    Well it's too late for that.

    I'm stuck, and do't know what to do. what should I do?

    Could I reinstall my windows and restore from the image I've made?
    Or do you have better suggestion?
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  3. Posts : 17,545
    Windows 10 Pro x64 EN-GB
    Thread Starter
       #792

    The best for now is to restore an image if you have a recent one, or reinstall. I would restore an image.
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  4. Posts : 2
    Win7 64
       #793

    Kari,
    I am new to the forum and I admit that I have not read all 50+ pages of comments.

    I have a system which i built 3 years ago and now it seems that the mobo is having issues. I want to move my drives (SSD + HDD) to a new mobo. I have Win7 64 on the SSD ( C: ) and all of my user data (Documents, My Music, My Photos, Outlook, etc) on the HDD ( D: ). When I logon the system knows that the user's data is on D: as I set all the links when I built the system.

    If I use SYSPREP on the SSD ( C: ) will all of the user data links survive the process? If yes, then this should work, right? If not, can I redirect them as I did when I originally built the system - not ideal, but better than a complete rebuild.

    Thanks in advance for your help!
    Kevin
    Last edited by kdowen; 23 Apr 2015 at 17:18. Reason: typos
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  5. Posts : 17,545
    Windows 10 Pro x64 EN-GB
    Thread Starter
       #794

    Hi Kevin, welcome to the Seven Forums.

    No, they might not survive. You need to "unlink" first, based on my own experience you might get boot issues if you sysprep when there are existing links or junctions to system folders on another drive.

    My recommendation is to move everything back to C:, remove the links, then sysprep and finally with new hardware setup recreate the links. You don't of course have to copy the folder contents back to C:, for instance it's enough when the C:\Users\YourUsername\Documents is where it should be, it's content backed up to another drive. In other words, the location of those system folders is important, not how much and what they contain.

    I would do it like this:
    • Move my personal data from all system folders (Documents, Music, Videos, Pictures) to a safe place
    • Move the empty user folders back to C:
    • Remove all links
    • Sysprep and shutdown
    • Swap the motherboard
    • Reboot
    • Recreate links and junctions
    • Move my data from backup back to where it was when I started


    Kari
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  6. Posts : 93
    Windows 7 Pro x64
       #795

    Looks nice, interesting and utmost useful tutorial ! (thanks !!)
    But I have this practical question:
    My wife's computer is very old (but does run win7/32). My son left the house and also his (much more recent) computer. It has win7/64 on it. Is it possible (and how?) to transfer via network ALL my wife's software to my son's computer and keep all her settings/progs/data/etc. (except the hardware drivers, of course). If this transfer would not work flawlessly, will my wife's old computer still be operational ? In other words: will it be possible to use to her old computer as if nothing happened ?

    thanks in advance, guys !
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  7. Posts : 17,545
    Windows 10 Pro x64 EN-GB
    Thread Starter
       #796

    Software cannot be transferred simply by copying it, it must be separately installed on each computer it will be used. In your case the only possibility is to install the software your wife wants to use in your son's old PC directly on that PC.

    Your wife's personal files and most of the settings can be copied, that's not an issue. See this tutorial for help: Windows Easy Transfer - Transfer To & From Computers

    Kari
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  8. Posts : 2
    Win7 64
       #797

    Kari,
    Thanks for the quick response! Everything went well until I ran Sysprep and was told that it would not work due to an update (I did a repair install a week ago trying to fix my problems). Looks like I am destined for a clean install unless you have another idea.

    Kiitos paljon!

    Kevin
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  9. Posts : 17,545
    Windows 10 Pro x64 EN-GB
    Thread Starter
       #798

    Yeah that is something I call Upgrade - Sysprep paradox: You cannot Sysprep an Upgraded Windows, and you cannot Upgrade a Sysprepped Windows.

    Luckily there's a workaround. Check this tutorial at our sister site the Ten Forums, scroll down to last part titled Upgrade, and there see the Step 2: Edit Registry: Users Folder - Move Location in Windows 10 - Windows 10 Forums

    Although the tutorial is written for Windows 10, the workaround in it when an upgrade or repair install makes sysprep impossible is a general solution for all Windows editions starting from Vista

    Kari.
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  10. Posts : 93
    Windows 7 Pro x64
       #799

    Kari said:
    Software cannot be transferred simply by copying it, it must be separately installed on each computer it will be used. In your case the only possibility is to install the software your wife wants to use in your son's old PC directly on that PC.

    Your wife's personal files and most of the settings can be copied, that's not an issue. See this tutorial for help: Windows Easy Transfer - Transfer To & From Computers

    Kari
    Thanks Kari for your superfast reply!
    I know how to copy personal files from one computer to another. no biggie ... but for my case, I can't use the tutorial discribed at the start of this thread ?
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