Transfer of Windows Installation to new PC does not boot

  1. Posts : 14
    Windows 10 Pro 64bit Version 1709

    Transfer of Windows Installation to new PC does not boot

    I want to migrate my Windows 1809 installation with all programs to a new PC. I tried it with backups of the old PC that I restored to the new one, but the new one could never boot it. I tried AOMEI and EaseUS, I made complete system backups of all the neccessary partitions, I restored only the windows partition after I had installed a pure new 1809 on the target PC.
    I then tried to repair it with bootrec commands. This failed to, I always end in error messages like "system cannot find the path".
    The disk layout of both PCs is differrent: The old one has three SATA-SSDs, a small one, now unaccessable in the mini enclosure with passive cooling once was the boot device, a boot SSD and a SSD for data. Somehow I managed to boot automatically from the new bigger SSD after quite a while tinkering with bootrec, before that I had to go into the BIOS boot menu every boot.
    The target PC at the moment has only one SATA-SSD, I delete all partitions on it before I start a new restore.
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  2. dalchina's Avatar
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    Are you migrating from a UEFI PC to a UEFI PC? If the first is MBR and the second configured for UEFI, you need to do something else.

    restored only the windows partition after I had installed a pure new 1809 on the target PC.
    Assuming compatibility, you'd need to move all (4 for UEFI) partitions.

    Or, you could clean install Win 10 on the new PC, then replace the Windows partition with the one from the old PC. I assume that's what you mean you did...

    If you are - or when you are certain- both are sufficiently compatible, you can try using Macrium Reflect's Fix boot utility, available on its boot disk.
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  3. Posts : 14
    Windows 10 Pro 64bit Version 1709
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    Indeed: Both PCs are modern UEFI boot devices with GPT partition schemes.
    Of course I started with restoring all partitions that Windows needs, this is the normal procedure with modern backup software.
    Yes, I tried it with a new clean install where only substituted the windows boot partition, hoping that the boot manager would accept it.
    I now will start anew with your Macrium tip.

    - - - Updated - - -

    The tip to try Macriums Fix boot on their WinPE boot stick worked in seconds!
    The new PC now boots the old Windows. Some drivers are missing still, but it works.
    Thanks for this advice. I should have discribed my problems much earlier as long as I get angry over those boot errors.
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  4. dalchina's Avatar
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    You're fortunate!

    Of course you need to deal with the licensing..
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  5. Posts : 14
    Windows 10 Pro 64bit Version 1709
    Thread Starter

    Windows Licenses

    I have roughly two dozen Windows keys in an extra Excel file. One of them normally works. And if not, then the next "grey" keys are only an ebay click and a few bucks away.
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  6. dalchina's Avatar
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    Win 10 Pro (1903)

    You can transfer the license from your old one if it's retail and the right edition for you.
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  7. Posts : 14
    Windows 10 Pro 64bit Version 1709
    Thread Starter

    No, I will not transfer any license as I bought the new PC in order to have redundancy. Both should be running the same stuff.
    It is a little bit of an overkill, as I now have external USB clone SSDs of all our main PCs and notebooks. But of course a genuin i7-8750 PC with a NVMe boot device in a few weeks will be a real speed king in comparison.
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  8. jimbo45's Avatar
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    Hi there @TechnoMax

    That's why a lot of people recommend using Free Macrium.

    Download and then make the "Bootable recovery" -- use say Rufus to create bootable USB

    Boot the recovery medium

    Now select from the menu "Fix Windows boot problems"

    should work fine !!!! I've done this loads of times moving / copying Windows installations to different machines even.

    so "Alles in Ordnung" !!!! (Loved visiting Berlin --was there during the Wall time as well-- had a great dinner in a place that people don't know it's possible to do as tourists --in the Reichstag --easy walk - now " un-impeded" from friedrichstraße Bahnhof --no checkpoint any more !!!) .

    You need to reserve and send photo id of passport etc which will be checked rigorously on arrival - I don't suppose the Reichstag gets many Icelandic visitors - but wonderful menu, beautifully served in a great building and best of all prices were - at least by my standards -- really cheap for that sort of "fine dining" experience -- would do it again in a shot next time I'm anywhere near Berlin !! Including great German Wine and 2 glasses of decent Champagne I think for 2 we paid around 180 EUR inc VAT and gratuity which I believe is about the price of a Macdonalds burger in Central London these days !!

    Certainly beats my experience of "fine Dining" when I was last in London with those noisy "Hipster" things in so called "swinging Hackney" etc with Masterchef wannabees. That evening in the Reichstag was such a great place for eating - and the atmosphere was beautiful - no noisy music, no echoes so you weren't disturbed by other diners and you could stay leisurely and take as long as you like over food -- what an absolute refreshing change from loads of modern restaurants just trying to maximise the number of covers.

    Last edited by jimbo45; 28 Apr 2019 at 07:54.
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  9. Posts : 14
    Windows 10 Pro 64bit Version 1709
    Thread Starter

    Reichstag versus Palast der Republik

    I live long enough in Berlin that I still can remember those years before the wall came down and the Reichstag once again became the Reichstag in real. Only a few meters away on the Eastberlin side of the wall Honecker had built the "Palast der Republik" (now there stands a replica of the old Prussian Stadtschloß that did not survive WWII and could blasted finally away from Ulbricht, for which they demolished the Palast). It was famous (among other things) for its decent restaurants (for DDR standards that where quite low of course). With american friends we had the luck to eat there during the examinations of the young personal there, no arrogant waiters no ugly platters, everything was fine (and of course cheap as we came from DM-land). And had a nice view to the enormous Berlin Cathedral on the other side of Unter den Linden.
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