November 15, 2009
So I bought a new HP laptop with an AMD processor and ATI graphics card. I had some problems with the fan, and sent it in twice to get repaired, but it cant be repaired. SO, long story short, they're sending me a whole new laptop. Its actually a bit of an upgrade, and looks better, but the problem is it has an intel processor and a "graphics accelerator" (no card ). Im using windows 7 Ultimate 64bit / Vista home premium 64bit. The intel processor is 64bit. So my problem is, can I use Macrium Reflect to just copy the entire drive over, or will there be too many problems? I uninstalled all the AMD-specific software I had (Catalyst), but Im thinking there will be problems with drivers.
O, btw, I have to send away my old laptop before I can get the new one, so theres no second tries here… Thankfully Reflect lets you browse your backups files, so I wouldnt lose anything.
Finally, I would be fine with a fresh install, but I would lose several GOTD programs I use often, and other one-time freebies… Is there any way to backup those specific registry keys with some software?
I need to send it away soon-ish or Im afraid the offer will not stand…
November 15, 2009
So you think that it will be able to adjust to the new environment with a disk image?
Just to clarify, my concern is that when I installed this, it somehow got locked onto the AMD and ATI drivers, and wont load the intel ones when it senses an intel processor. Or that it just wont sense the new processor.
Pwnana, I have no idea. There is no way that you can just swap your drive from AMD > Intel. It's not just a driver problem. Usually windows will restart immediately if the basic hardware to far different. I did that switch when I had a Dell(intel dual core, 32bit) > Acer(intel dual core, 32bit). Try to run Windows (XP and Vista, I don't have Win7) repair installation but still the same. Always reboot. Clean or fresh install is the answer. Maybe others will help about how to move your license registry for GOATD. I am not good in registry thing.
I've actually never migrated a computer before, so I don't really know the answer! However, Quro seems to be pretty knowledgable about this. Also, for transferring your apps: I would write down a list of all your programs in the start menu (and ones not in the start menu!) and divide them into categories such as Freeware, GAOTD/Freebies, software you paid for and got a disc, and downloaded paid for software. For instance, Firefox is freeware, Cleanse Uninstaller Pro is a freebie, [insert game here] is software you got on a disc, and Photoshop is software you paid for and downloaded.
Locate the discs for all the software you got paid-for discs from. Then make sure you have the serial #s! Next find downloads for all the downloaded paid-for software. After that, copy down their serial #s/find the #s in your old emails. Then follow these instructions, but copy to an external drive: http://dottech.org/tipsntricks/2015
Another thing to do is to copy all of your user data. To do this, use Windows Easy Transfer (included in Vista and 7) to transfer it. Make sure you have a big enough external/thumb drive! For me, it came up as 70.0GB (including 11GB of photos and 50GB of music-all legal!! Really!) for my user account and 61GB for Shared items, for a total size of 80GB. Yeah, 80.
You may also want to do this: http://dottech.org/freewaresr/10659
Enjoy the new, nicer computer and have fun transfering your apps and data!
November 15, 2009
UPDATE: I made a virtual machine of my laptop (thanks Locutus =D) and put it onto my desktop, which just happens to be an intel/nvidia combo. Well I assumed that if it was running virtualized on an intel machine than the virtualized machine would have an intel processor too, and I was right (I checked with Everest). Im hoping this is a simulation of an image copy. When I started it up, it looked a little confused (with some warnings popping up) and Norton giving an error. But after a few minutes it started installing new drivers, including ones for intel processors and everything else. So it seems like doing an image transfer should work, except I still have a few little problems. When I started it back up, I got a "This copy of Windows is not valid" message at the bottom right corner, along with the build and a popup saying I need to re-verify. Im hoping just verifying again will fix this. Norton also said that it could not load because of LiveUpdate errors, but if the suggested fix doesnt work I can just reinstall Norton. Now however, are the harder ones…
The only program of any type to give me a fatal error was .NET, and if you've ever tried, .NET is tricky to work with on 7. I've tried but you cant uninstall it to do a fresh install (so the newest PAINT.NET wont work… ) easily, so I dont know about that one…
Second, 2 drivers couldnt be installed. They both "could not be found" , but this may be because It couldnt connect to the internet at the time. One is the multimedia driver, but Im not worried about that. The second, though, is the "Base System Device", which sounds vital. Does anyone know what it is?
So I guess Windows 7 is a lot more adaptable than XP or Vista was.
I'm glad it (semi-)worked out! If I were you, I'd make a snapshot of the image (see the internet for instructions) and try to uninstall Norton and .NET (one at a time!) with Revo and try reinstall them, this time freshly. Unfortunately, there is no cure for the invalid Windows warning- however, what you could do is make a new snapshot when everything else is working and revert back to that after Windows expires. For a tip on extending the Windows 7 trial to 120 days (maximum) see this: http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/windows-7/extend-the-windows-7-trial-from-30-to-120-days/
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