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What methods can I use to move a win 7 installation from one computer to another? I have a new computer coming next week an

Transferring windows 7 image to a new computer.
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  1. This one is tricky; you are safest to do a fresh install of windows then
    AFTER put your old drive in as a slave. Then copy the files into the new system drive. You CAN try and run the old drive as a primary in the new system, and you may be able to repair it but there are no garentees
    it will run or repair.
  2. Knowing what the old and new motherboards are would allow us to provide a better answer. It may be tricky or a very simple task (clone the drive), but you can't run the same Windows 7 copy on 2 systems unless you change the SID (whcich a good cloning application can do).
  3. GhislainG said:
    Knowing what the old and new motherboards are would allow us to provide a better answer. It may be tricky or a very simple task (clone the drive), but you can't run the same Windows 7 copy on 2 systems unless you change the SID (whcich a good cloning application can do).


    Thanks for the quick response. The old mobo is an Assus P5QL-E and the new one is an ASUS Sabertooth X79.
  4. chrisso said:
    This one is tricky; you are safest to do a fresh install of windows then
    AFTER put your old drive in as a slave. Then copy the files into the new system drive. You CAN try and run the old drive as a primary in the new system, and you may be able to repair it but there are no garentees
    it will run or repair.


    Have your heard of this option before? http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/135077-windows-7-installation-transfer-new-computer.html
  5. I'm familiar with Sysprep, but once you run it, the source system should no longer be used until you create an image that will be applied to all target systems. Cloning the drive with an application like Clonezilla or similar utilities also works and it's a lot easier and less time consuming.
  6. GhislainG said:
    I'm familiar with Sysprep, but once you run it, the source system should no longer be used until you create an image that will be applied to all target systems. Cloning the drive with an application like Clonezilla or similar utilities also works and it's a lot easier and less time consuming.


    Where does cloning the drive fall in the process? After running Sysprep or before?
  7. Best answer
    You run Sysprep and then clone the drive, but if you're moving the installation to a different system and won't be running the old system anymore, then Sysprep is not required. I presume you know exactly what Sysprep does and why you want to use it.

    http://www.acronis.com/articles/cloning-software/
    http://clonezilla.org/
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