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

19 May 2016   #850
Kari

 

Let us know how it went


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22 May 2016   #851
Lazee

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Kari View Post
Let us know how it went
I didn't use sysprep in the end as there's something wrong with this Windows despite much repair efforts (not asking for help at the moment.) I think I'm looking at needing a clean install. Thanks for you help though, and as my posts aren't related to sysprep perhaps a mod could delete to keep the thread clean. No doubt I'll be back again sometime .
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22 May 2016   #852
Kari

 

No, let's keep your posts here. You brought up an interesting scenario where you had already replaced the hard disk and wanted to make Windows in old hard disk transferable.
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11 Jun 2016   #853
Jambox

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Hi thanks for posting this.
Sadly, its gone wrong for me. Sorry if a similar problems has already been solved in the thread, just point me to it if it has.

I syspreped my system to move to a new motherboard. First problem was it was failing on the boot up (preparing) in the new system. I hadn't seen in the thread the solution of booting in safe mode, so I used a command pane solution "oobe>msoobe".

Then, everytime I boot up it takes a very long time on "updating registry entries" (think that's the right wording). When I then log onto my old user I get quite a few missing registry key warnings and windows starts a temp user.

I tried to reinstate the user with a fix by adjusting the prefix in regedit (renaming temp and deleting .bak postfix) but on restart windows just duplicates the temp user and resets the postfix.

Also, the computer renaming exe is not found and in the manage users menu when you click on the run as administrator option for add/remove users nothing happens so I can't add another user. The same happens if I try to run admin to get access to the user's files in the file system.

Is this a common problem with sysprep. Am I going to need to do a repair or is there a fix.

Thanks
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11 May 2017   #854
Razzle308

win7 32 win7 64
 
 

Hey.
I signed up just to say a MASSIVE thank you for this article.
That saved me so much messing around.

I did have the error message come up - so I booted into safe mode and when I re-booted normally it all went swimmingly.

Thanks again.

P.S. Maybe make a note that when you boot to safemode it may fail there too and still work afterwards. I thought once it failed there i was done for.
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11 May 2017   #855
ICIT2LOL

Desk1 7 Home Prem / Desk2 10 Pro / Main lap Asus ROG 10 Pro 2 laptop Toshiba 7 Pro Asus P2520 7 & 10
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Razzle308 View Post
Hey.
I signed up just to say a MASSIVE thank you for this article.
That saved me so much messing around.

I did have the error message come up - so I booted into safe mode and when I re-booted normally it all went swimmingly.

Thanks again.

P.S. Maybe make a note that when you boot to safemode it may fail there too and still work afterwards. I thought once it failed there i was done for.
I'm sure Kari will be delighted with your comment mate and I am sure eh won't mind me putting this in here -
take a look at this it may help you out further too.
Just a little something that will make your machine a little faster and more efficient is this Optimize Windows 7 - Windows 7 Help Forums
It is my bible when installing an OS on my machines and also when I am fixing friends and family machines too.
Now if you go through it slowly you will find lots of tweaks and they are all really thoroughly done by the authour Brink a fellow who is in my mind brilliant and if you need to ask questions he is just the most obliging person around.
The other thing is that you may lose some of the "bling" such as transparency (you don't have to I find it unnecessary) and all the tweaks are reversible.
If you do get stuck just post back in that tutorial and you will get help. Another bonus using this tutorial is that it helps you find your way around your machine and Windows 7!
Just one tip I would say you start with is do this Registry - Backup and Restore - Windows 7 Help Forums do this and it will save you a lot of grief if you are ever doing things in the registry and even if you don't it is a good back up to have if your system ever gets corrupted.
(pretyped to save time)
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13 Jul 2017   #856
win7guy284

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Hello all,

Whilst trying to opt for the second method listed in the tutorial/booting up the rescue CD provided in the macrium tutorial (from the link in the first post) as soon as the cmd appears in windows PE i get the following error message:

Quote:
A winpeshl.ini file is present, but no commands were successfully launched. This could be caused by incorrect formatting or an invalid executable name. Please consult the documentation for more information.
It seems that for some reason the windows PE environment fails to load up the macrium GUI here as it should normally do. I tried re-burning the iso with different GUI files/configurations included and also directly via the macrium PE creation wizard too but alas to no avail, macrium just refuses to start up on the PE CD no matter what.

Right now i'm thinking about employing an "altered" version of the first method for the migration of my OS to the new machine without the need to reinstall everything - Basically i'd keep my current HDD at first and once i've sysprepped + transfered it to the new machine via method one and finished configurating all the basic drivers/customizations etc i'm then going to clone the transfered old HDD with the OS on it directly to a newer (and bigger) target HDD plugged into the new machine at the same time, which of course (or at least in theory) also means i won't have to sysprep again since the OS would have already been transfered and recognized the new hardware at that point... Afaik going about it this way eliminates the need for a windows PE environment CD too depending on the disk cloning program but i could be wrong of course, i haven't looked that much further into it yet.

Considering i've never done something like this before, did i think this de facto "third method" for transfering into a new machine/hdd through properly or is there any reason this possibly wouldn't work out in the end? The reason i badly need the OS on a completely new HDD in the first place is because the current one (while still working properly) is quite old and shows the usual signs of a slowly failing HDD such as wrong space sizes et al.

Thanks in advance!
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14 Jul 2017   #857
Kari

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by win7guy284 View Post
Whilst trying to opt for the second method listed in the tutorial/booting up the rescue CD provided in the macrium tutorial (from the link in the first post) as soon as the cmd appears in windows PE i get the following error message:
First, thanks for reminding me that the link in tutorial you referred to must be changed. Tutorial was written six and a half years ago, at that point the Macrium Rescue disk provided in that link was the current one but it is today compoletely outdated.

I have now fixed the link, replaced it with a link to a Macrium Reflect tutorial at our sister site TenForum.com. That tutorial contains download link to latest Macrium Reflect which stays always current.

I have never seen Macrium giving such an error you got. Anyway, you can easily solve the issue by adding Macrium Reflect to Windows boot menu and selecting it after you boot up after Sysprep. This tip is from the above mentioned Macrium Reflect tutorial at TenForums.com, it shows how to add Macrium Rescue to Windows boot menu and boot from it (RAM disk) instead of Macrium Rescue CD/DVD/USB. Notice that screenshot are from Windows 10, yours might look different but works exactly the same way:

Tip   Tip
OPTIONAL:

If you want to you can also add Macrium Rescue to Windows boot menu. It is a very practical option to be used when you want to restore an image or reset Windows boot records in case Windows refuses to boot normally.

To add Macrium Rescue to boot menu select Add recovery Boot Menu Option from Other Tasks menu:
Windows 7 Installation - Transfer to a New Computer-1.png
Select Windows 10 PE, click OK, accept all following prompts:
Windows 7 Installation - Transfer to a New Computer-2.png
This will add Macrium Rescue to your Windows boot menu:
Windows 7 Installation - Transfer to a New Computer-3.png

(From Macrium reflect tutorial on TenForums.com: Backup and Restore with Macrium Reflect Windows 10 Backup Restore Tutorials )

Be sure you have the latest version of Macrium Reflect installed before creating boot menu entry! You can check updates from Macrium's Other Tasks > Check for updates link.

The second screenshot in above tip is for Windows 10, you should select Windows PE 3.1 instead which uses Windows 7 kernel. Do not select Windows PE 10 as shown in screenshot! Third screenshot shows Windows 10 boot menu, it looks different in Windows 7 (white text on black background).

Doing this, you can select Macrium from boot menu and create your system image without issues.



Kari


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17 Aug 2017   #858
win7guy284

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Kari View Post
First, thanks for reminding me that the link in tutorial you referred to must be changed. Tutorial was written six and a half years ago, at that point the Macrium Rescue disk provided in that link was the current one but it is today compoletely outdated.

I have now fixed the link, replaced it with a link to a Macrium Reflect tutorial at our sister site TenForum.com. That tutorial contains download link to latest Macrium Reflect which stays always current.

I have never seen Macrium giving such an error you got. Anyway, you can easily solve the issue by adding Macrium Reflect to Windows boot menu and selecting it after you boot up after Sysprep. This tip is from the above mentioned Macrium Reflect tutorial at TenForums.com, it shows how to add Macrium Rescue to Windows boot menu and boot from it (RAM disk) instead of Macrium Rescue CD/DVD/USB. Notice that screenshot are from Windows 10, yours might look different but works exactly the same way:
Hello again, unfortunately the (quite old) HDD i had originally planned to conduct the sysprep with suffered a critical hardware failure just after my new system arrived the other week - Luckily i did manage to pull off most of the data before it died for good though...

Right now my Win7 installation runs on another spare HDD i still had lying around for cases like this, however said disk (while still perfectly fine hardware-wise as far as i can tell) is pretty slow in terms of r/w and definitely slows my new build down noticeably (programs and thumbnails load very slow for example) so i am soon getting a new SSD which i will put into this system.

I'm wondering whether or not i will have to repeat the whole sysprep process all over again for this or if i can just directly clone the OS from the original HDD to the new SSD without doing any kind of sysprepping beforehand and then just booting that image up right away or if this would cause any problems.

Like i said, nothing else would be changed hardware-wise except for the substitution of the old HDD with the new SDD.

Thanks in advance!
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18 Aug 2017   #859
Kari

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by win7guy284 View Post
I'm wondering whether or not i will have to repeat the whole sysprep process all over again for this or if i can just directly clone the OS from the original HDD to the new SSD without doing any kind of sysprepping beforehand and then just booting that image up right away or if this would cause any problems.
You should be OK simply cloning the HDD. In any case that would be the first thing I would do / test, before even considering Sysprep process.
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