Should I copy my Win10 image to my new computer


  1. Posts : 65
    Windows 10
       #1

    Should I copy my Win10 image to my new computer


    Currently I have a 2015 NUC i7 computer that is running fine. With Acronis 2016, I have a current image of C:, the program/application drive.

    A new NUC i7 is arriving with Windows 10 Pro installed. I'd like not to have to reinstall all of the programs/applications and just copy the old Image to the new, but I foresee some problems if that happened.

    Advice/suggestions would be appreciated.

    Todd

    Windows 10 version 2004 - Build 19041.804
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  2. Posts : 8,005
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       #2

    Take a full image of the new system first so you can role back. Chances are it wont activate as the licence is on the other pc so 2 will have same key. Id the new system the same version ie pro or home before imaging you need to know the serial number so you can enter if it doesnt activate if its a OEM key it may be a problem
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  3. Posts : 65
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    Thread Starter
       #3

    Thank you. That is very helpful. I am getting a USB with the install on it that may/could be of assistance if I get things too screwed up. Though most of my work is done in the Windows world, I do admire Apple's approach to handling the addition of a new computer - however they are in a closed system.

    Again, thank you...

    Todd
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  4. Posts : 7,128
    Windows 10 Pro Insider
       #4

    If both version of Windows are the same version I don't see why it won't work. Back in February I swapped a drive out from a broken laptop to another for my sister-n-law and it worked including the activation. Both laptops were running Windows 10 Home. Make sure you make a image of the new computer to a external drive first.
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  5. Posts : 65
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    Thread Starter
       #5

    Do you have a favorite "image maker"? For backup, I use Acronis making an image for my backups, but have not tried it for a "one up".

    Todd
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  6. Posts : 7,128
    Windows 10 Pro Insider
       #6

    rtcary said:
    Do you have a favorite "image maker"? For backup, I use Acronis making an image for my backups, but have not tried it for a "one up".

    Todd
    I use Macrium Reflect. I never had luck with the clone feature. I don't use the cloning feature because I always had boot problems with the clone. I use the imaging feature and have had great success when doing a image restore.
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  7. Posts : 18,408
    Windows 11 Pro
       #7

    I use Macrium Reflect for imaging and cloning.
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  8. Posts : 65
    Windows 10
    Thread Starter
       #8

    Thank you all for the encouragement to get Macrium! So much simpler to use that Achronis. Now a learning curve.
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