Windows 7 Installation - Transfer to a New Computer

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  1. Posts : 21,007
    Desk1 7 Home Prem / Desk2 10 Pro / Main lap Asus ROG 10 Pro 2 laptop Toshiba 7 Pro Asus P2520 7 & 10

    Kari said:
    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.
    AS Kari says mate a piece of cake I use Macrium for this but the choice is yours of course.

    Edit: If you are using a new drive ok if it is a used one I personally clean with DISKPART before doing anything with it.
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  2. Posts : 8
    Windows 7 Ultimate x64

    I've successfully managed to clone the HDD to the target SSD now, though instead of Macrium i used the tool that came with my EVO SSD - It took care of everything for me in that regard and worked like a charm.

    Thanks again for the help!

    - Regards
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  3. Posts : 21,007
    Desk1 7 Home Prem / Desk2 10 Pro / Main lap Asus ROG 10 Pro 2 laptop Toshiba 7 Pro Asus P2520 7 & 10

    Yep well doesn't really what youuse as long as it does the job but it's always a good idea to get advice first as there are some programs out there that really are not much good.

    Justas a by the by Macrium is also good for imaging your drive as well as cloning and you would be as well to image on a regular basis in case of crashes Imaging with free Macrium - Windows 7 Help Forums

    You may be even interested in this 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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  4. Posts : 555
    Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit

    Bad Post
    Last edited by Nasty7; 20 Sep 2017 at 19:46. Reason: Adding info
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  5. Posts : 51
    Windows 7 x64

    Hi all, ran across this post on a search. I am trying to move a hard drive containing Win7 from a Gigabyte NUC to an Intel NUC. Is using sysprep still the go-to method? The only other software I ran across was Acronis Universal Restore, and then this forum also had a post using an older version of Paragon Adaptive Restore. Also, should I be placing the drivers for the receiving system somewhere for Windows to find when it sets everything up? Thank you.
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  6. Posts : 6,285
    Windows 10 Pro X64

    Still works perfectly

    Old thread, I know but just wanted to say it still works perfectly.

    Just moved a SSD from a dying HP XW4400 (leaking caps) I use for a family Web Server to a replacement Dell Inspiron 660. On first boot after moving the SSD, Windows 7 got enough drivers working I could then proceed to download and install all the ones needed.

    Computer is up, fully functional, no yellow marks in Device Manager and the web server is online and happy.

    Thanks Kari.
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  7. Posts : 38
    Win 7 Pro 32bit

    Sorry for inputting into such an old post, but since it's still 'alive', here's my 'dos centavos':
    FWIW, Macrium, Terabyte and others have confirmed sysprep is NOT necessary for transferring to different hardware.
    I can confirm that it will transfer and I was astonished that even some of the picky snarky critical software worked without a hitch.

    But all was not totally great. New system took a hit (Ram & Processor) so drivers didn't go in correctly.
    No matter what I did, I couldn't get it to the performance (WEI & other benchmark tools) I have with fresh install.

    So I'm still workin' on it. But sysprep is not an option AFAIC.
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  8. Posts : 27
    se7en x64 Enterprise

    More Info Needed

    Old MB?
    New MB?
    se7en 32 or 64 bit?
    Assuming you have uninstalled the drivers in question with Windows, (not always the best choice) have you checked for and removed manually those same files. Even though Windows says "Removed all files", that isn't always the truth.

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  9. Posts : 2

    Transfer Windows 7 from legacy laptop to 'new' desktop w/M.2 NVMe Driv


    [short version]
    W7Pro installation w/ live-in application wants to move to a 'newer' uptown apartment w/ all new appliances, but doesn't what the hassle is installing all of the software. Going from Intel SATA w/ integrated GFX to AMD Ryzen, Radeon GFX on a M.2 NVMe.

    So here I am using Win7Pro 64bit and decide that the hardware is older then I like and I probably should get ahead of the upgrade curve before my hardware starts to error out.

    I am currently using a Custom Laptop running Windows 7 Professional (x64) Service Pack 1 (build 7601.24491), that I am attempting to migrate intact to a new system with very different hardware. I initial started this believing that I could sysprep my way into a my box, but started to run into issues.

    I guess the core issue is that my laptop does not support NVMe. I have USB3 support , but the new drive type is a bit of a problem. This is further compounded by the change in processor, GFX solution and most of all a new Sabrent 1TB NVMe drive.

    I have used combinations of EaseUS Partition Master Pro, Macrium Reflect, BootFlash Pro, and Sysprep. I have only gotten as Moving the image to a different SATA drive in the target system when my USB controls frozen,

    Any Thoughts?
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  10. Posts : 1
    w7 ultimate 64

    Issue with given method

    Hi guys, need some tips.

    Tried to transfer current HDD to new system.
    Just to make certain I did not mess up took "fresh" disk.
    Tested in new system as data disk working FB.
    Restored W7 from yesterdays back up on old PC, tested as primary, all fine.
    Performed procedure.
    Installed in new system again, drive not recognized by BIOS as hooked up
    re-installed in original, working fine..... As described HDD working with other data
    on new system before.
    FIY new system Gigabyte z490 vision G CPU I7 10500 RAM 16Gb.

    any suggestions, other than upgrading to W10 ?

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