canoli wrote:Sure. But over the course of 18 months there must be extraneous data strewn about the boot drive. Isn't it good to clean out that stuff once in awhile?
BIF wrote:Slightly off topic: I don't know this (maybe somebody can answer it for me), can you even copy your OS to a more current hard drive and just boot with it in a new system? Didn't used to be able to do that, but maybe things have changed and well, I've been out of touch on this area.
Ryu Connor wrote:BIF wrote:Slightly off topic: I don't know this (maybe somebody can answer it for me), can you even copy your OS to a more current hard drive and just boot with it in a new system? Didn't used to be able to do that, but maybe things have changed and well, I've been out of touch on this area.
Yes, with Vista, 7, and 8.
Let me see if I'm glomming onto the concept after a light skimming of that thread: Using the procedure you detailed, it's possible to create a "driverless base" for the old install on the new hardware (new boot disk, motherboard, CPU, memory, graphic card, or any combination thereof), then boot the new hardware with it and proceed with the, er..."configuration half" of a typical windows Vista, 7, or 8 install?
BIF wrote:And this would ensure that the OS, still containing all of my spinning cursors and cute cat videos, would run on the new hardware without having to reinstall my apps and cat videos?
BIF wrote:If my first two assumptions are correct, can I take it one step further and perform an OS upgrade using this technique? For example, upgrading from Win 7 to Win 8 if/when I decide my life doesn't have enough pain and/or I feel the urge to do penance in Metro Purgatory?
If so, that would be amazing and would be a lifesaver for me. Going back to read some more...
Ryu Connor wrote:OS upgrades can only be done inside a live OS. 7 has to be running and you logged into it before 8 will begin the upgrade process. FWIW, the upgrade process of Vista,7, and 8 do an advanced form of the described process. They migrate your files to a store, lay down a fresh copy of the OS, and then integrate the files from the store back into the new copy of Windows.
BIF wrote:I see. Is this is why the upgrade process of Vista and 7 have not been quite the horror show that it was under earlier versions of Windows? At least that is my perception that upgrades have gotten more reliable.
BIF wrote:EDIT: And...in addition to your other thread describing your experience, is there another resource that I can use to educate myself on this process?
BIF wrote:Additional: I am still (somewhat) considering a hardware upgrade to a SBE 6 core system in the coming months, but probably not an immediate upgrade to Windows 8. So I have some areas that need to be accomodated; transition from an older AMI bios, hard drives that are probably not currently using NCQ or other features, etcetera. Once I flash over to new hardware, I'd like to ensure that I am taking advantage of new hardware features that have come out since I built this current system in 2007. If I can do all of that without having to reinstall all of my software (particularly my VST instruments), it would be a HUGE help.
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