ISO guide for migrating to a new PC

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  1. Posts : 16,592
    Windows 10 Home x64 Version 22H2 Build 19045.4046
       #11

    Dave,

    Handler said:
    I'm under the impression that if I backup my C:\%HOMEPATH%\*.* and then reinstall app on my new PC then restore the backup. I'd be good, yeah?
    No.
    - First of all, its path is %HOMEPATH% not C:\%HOMEPATH% - By the way, %HOMEPATH% is the same as C:\Users\%UserName% and the same as %UserProfile%
    - More fundamentally, you can transfer specific subfolders of %HOMEPATH% to your new computer but not the whole lot. Trying to do the whole lot will corrupt the user account on the new computer.
    - Within %HOMEPATH% you'll have these [by default, they are all changeable] and they are suitable for copying across: %HOMEPATH%\Desktop, %HOMEPATH%\Documents, %HOMEPATH%\Music, %HOMEPATH%\Videos, %HOMEPATH%\Pictures, %HOMEPATH%\Favorites
    - There are others that might contain customised entries you have put there over the years e.g. C:\Users\%UserName%\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\SendTo

    Handler said:
    I'll now have the ability to store image backups. It'd been nice to have an image for this but didn't have the facilities to house it all.
    System images, like all backups, need to be saved to external drives if they are to survive any catastrophe that might befall the computer.

    As others have said above, you could achieve your transfer by restoring a system image to your new computer or swapping drives around the place but how perfect those steps would be I do not know [I have not studied the subject sufficiently].
    You should, at the very least, prepare the new computer by backing up its drivers in case you have trouble after the transfer.
    Backup and Restore Device Drivers - TenForumsTutorials
    Personally, I'd make a system image of it before starting anything at all on it.

    Denis



    Macrium Reflect [free edition] is often recommended in this forum for making system images. Other utilities are available but this one is so commonplace that you can get plenty of help for it.

    Backup and Restore with Macrium Reflect - TenForumsTutorials
    Macrium Software Macrium Reflect Free
    Macrium USB - TenForums
    Macrium Reflect KnowledgeBase - user guide [version-independent link]

    It can also make bootable system images. This facility is called viBoot and it requires Win10 Pro.
    Macrium viBoot - Macrium KB
    Macrium viBoot - Create Virtual Machine using Macrium Image - TenForumsTutorials
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  2. Posts : 21,421
    19044.1586 - 21H2 Pro x64
       #12

    Bree said:
    I am one of them, Windows 10 is pretty good at sorting out new drivers when it unexpectedly find itself running on completely different hardware.

    I have an old laptop running Win7 Home. I wanted to find out if it had ever been upgraded to Win10 in the past and now had a digital license. There's no easy query to do that, the only way to find out is to run Win10 on it and see if it activates from an existing digital license.

    To save time, rather than do a clean install I swapped in an HDD from another machine that already had W10 Home installed and activated. On first boot it said 'Windows is installing drivers' and when done it rebooted. On the second boot it went into a fully working Windows. Checking in Settings confirmed that it could not activate as no existing digital license could be found for this machine's hardware ID.

    It was only afterwards that I stopped to think how well Windows had coped with the hardware change. The machine that the HDD had come from and on which I had done the clean install had an Intel processor, but the machine I was now running it on has an AMD cpu.
    Very cool story Thanks for the details. I look forward to trying this one day if the opportunity comes up.
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    10 Home x64 (22H2) (10 Pro on 2nd pc)
       #13

    steve108 said:
    Very cool story Thanks for the details. I look forward to trying this one day if the opportunity comes up.
    An easy test to see this in action is to boot a Macrium image as a VM with viBoot. Going from a physical machine to virtual is quite a substantial 'hardware' change
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  4. Posts : 21,421
    19044.1586 - 21H2 Pro x64
       #14

    Bree said:
    An easy test to see this in action is to boot a Macrium image as a VM with viBoot. Going from a physical machine to virtual is quite a substantial 'hardware' change
    I haven't played with VMs in a long while. Will have to add this to my list of things to try. Thanks
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