Windows 10: Move Windows 10 to a new PC

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  1. Posts : 2
    Windows 10 64bit
       29 May 2017 #1

    Move Windows 10 to a new PC


    I am running windows 10 64bits and going to upgrade my PC hardware, including changing mother board, CPU and hard disks. Is it possible to create an image of my current PC and move to the new one without installing all my currently running programs and data?
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  2.    29 May 2017 #2

    Yes. Make sure you are logged into a Microsoft Account on the old computer and you see this:

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    Windows 10 Home x64 (Laptop), Windows 10 Pro x64 (Desktop)
       30 May 2017 #3

    You can try but W10 will need different motherboard drivers than those contained in the image from the old PC. Hopefully, W10 will recognize the hardware changes on first boot and install the required drivers. I would download the drivers you need for the new motherboard and have these available when you configure the new PC.
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    windows 10 professional version 1607 build 14393.969 64 bit
       30 May 2017 #4
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  5.    30 May 2017 #5

    This is the "proper" way to do it.

    1) Make image backup of current install

    2) remove any 3rd party store apps (ones not included with Windows). These tend to cause sysprep to fail.
    If it fails, look in log and see which app is causing issue and uninstall it.

    Sometimes, apps annoyingly refuse to uninstall and you may need to run an admin powershell commmand

    e.g. this one always causes me problems

    34791E63.CanonInkjetPrintUtility_2.6.0.5_neutral__6e5tt8cgb93ep
    run following:

    Get-AppxPackage 34791E63.CanonInkjetPrintUtility_2.6.0.5_neutral__6e5tt8cgb93ep | Remove-AppxPackage

    3) in file explorer go to c:\windows\system32\sysprep

    4) run sysprep.exe and a pop up box will pop up

    5) select oobe from pull down menu

    6) select generalise

    7) select shutdown

    8) Then hardware drivers are removed. Once pc has shutdown, transfer hdd to new pc and boot pc.

    9) pc will go through oobe as if brand new install. Windows 10 will download drivers it needs in same way as any clean install.

    10) create a new local account.

    11) once logged in, reboot and switch to original account. You can then delete new account.
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    Windows 10 Home x64 (Laptop), Windows 10 Pro x64 (Desktop)
       30 May 2017 #6

    Is sysprep a standard tool since I don't seem to have it?
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  7.    30 May 2017 #7

    Steve C said: View Post
    Is sysprep a standard tool since I don't seem to have it?
    \Windows\System32\Sysprep\

    I've never bothered with sysprep before a move.
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    Windows 10 Pro
       30 May 2017 #8

    I wrote a tutorial for this back in 2011, for Windows 7 on our sister site Seven Forums, but's it applies for the most to Windows 10, too: Windows 7 Installation - Transfer to a New Computer - Windows 7 Help Forums

    As Cereberus mentioned, UWP apps make generalizing W10 with Sysprep sometimes difficult. Have to rethink that before making a W10 tut about this process.

    Kari


    EDIT, totally off topic:

    Hadn't thought about that tutorial in long time, was now quite surprised to see it seems to have been quite popular with over 1.2 million views meaning it has been viewed on average over 530 times per day during these past six and a half years

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  • Posts : 2
    Windows 10 64bit
    Thread Starter
       30 May 2017 #9

    Thank you all for the inputs. In the past when I change new motherboard and CPU, I have to go through all the trouble of reinstalling the Windows OS and all third party programs, like MS Office, Adobe PS, etc. I am wondering if there is some way to just make an image of my current PC and copy it to my new PC like ghosting or cloning from one hard disk to another.
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  •    30 May 2017 #10

    etbt666 said: View Post
    Thank you all for the inputs. In the past when I change new motherboard and CPU, I have to go through all the trouble of reinstalling the Windows OS and all third party programs, like MS Office, Adobe PS, etc. I am wondering if there is some way to just make an image of my current PC and copy it to my new PC like ghosting or cloning from one hard disk to another.
    Yeah -

    1) install Macrium Reflect Free, and create a rescue usb drive.

    2) add Macrium boot entry from other tasks.

    3) Do sysprep as above.

    4) when sysprep is finished, and pc has shutdown, restart pc and boot to Macrium Reflect.

    5) Create backup image to external drive.

    6) on new pc, boot from Macrium Rescue drivr, and restore image to ssd.
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