The Egg wrote:I haven't used it yet myself, but apparently the above-mentioned Sysprep has worked well for many. If it were my main rig, I would still reinstall until I become more familiar with the utility, but that's just a personal choice.
adampk17 wrote:Ryu -
The only AV I use is MSSE. Do I really need to uninstall it?
I've also never heard of OOBE, so I googled it. Sounds like OOBE basically lets you cutomize the Windows setup experience after you've run sysprep. Is OOBE part of sysprep or a seperate utility you need to run?
As I recall, upon first boot after sysprep, Windows configures the machine as if it was a new install, letting you rename it, etc. Will sysprep keep all my user settings intact?
Oh, and I do have full backups already courtesy of my Windows Home Server 2011.
Thanks for the advice on sysprep, I hadn't thought of using that. I've used sysprep in the past with Windows XP on corporate workstations, but not on anything newer than that. I'm sure sysprep has only gotten better.
Chrispy_ wrote:If you can't be bothered to learn how to sysprep, just go with it. .
ThatStupidCat wrote:Don't you wish you could do a backup and sysprep each time before you talk to your gf/wife
ludi wrote:I recently mentioned this in another, similar thread: About two weeks ago I decomissioned an HTPC machine that started life as a Win7 Home (64-bit) install on an AMD/nForce/ATi setup and was then upgraded in-place to Windows 8 Pro, and moved it to an Intel box, because I couldn't upgrade the AMD system to Win8.1 due to the absence of cmpexch16b support in the Opteron 180. After making a backup image of the drive, I simply chucked it into a Dell Optiplex 780 (Intel Q9400) without the graphics card, using the onboard video instead.
The machine reconfigured itself within about five minutes and then made me do the activation runaround. After that, it was fine, although I did have to uninstall Catalyst Control Center and ended up re-installing the Xonar DG soundcard drivers because the control panel applet wasn't coming up correctly. I then upgraded it to Windows 8.1 with no hiccups.
Moral: Windows Vista and up are remarkably robust about hardware migration.
adampk17 wrote:Chrispy_ wrote:If you can't be bothered to learn how to sysprep, just go with it. .
Hey now, don't be grumpy. I've used Sysprep before and I never said I was unwilling to try it again. I'm just gathering opinions and info.
Ryu Connor wrote:That's fixable.
http://www.harrycaskey.com/how-to-run-s ... ng-system/
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